Author Archives: Superior Public Museums

Garden Talks 2015

Our 2015 Garden Talks series is underway! There is still time to sign up for one or more of our remaining four talks: “Tree Care” with Louise Levy on Thursday February 26; “African Violets” with Geraldine Hughes on March 12; “Plants for Natural Health and Wellness” with Gigi Stafne and Judith Liebaert on April 2; and “Gardeners Like Beer Too!” with Nick Casper on April 9. Yummy tGreen Wisdom crocusreats this year are provided by the professionally trained pastry chefs of “The Sweet Guys”. Give us a call at 715-394-5712 to reserve your space!

Celebrate the Holidays at Fairlawn Mansion

We have lots of fun events planned at Fairlawn for the holidays! Please join us for any or all of these festive holiday events!

Small Business Saturday

On Saturday November 29, we’ll be participating in Small Business Saturday. Cookies and coffee will be available in the gift shop (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and we’ll have 15% off on gift shop merchandise. We’ll also have a drawing for a copy of “Restoring the Splendor”, a beautiful full-color book that illustrates the restoration of Fairlawn Mansion. And…for every $10 you spend, you’ll have a chance to win a great prize package from the Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber. Check out the chamber’s web site for more information.

Thursday December 4 is our annual Holiday Sampler. Doors open at 5 p.m. Come and enjoy a selection of wines and craft beer (courtesy of Keyport Liquors) and a buffet of savory and sweet treats. Jazz guitarist Mark Anderson will provide the music while you browse our silent auction items and local artists’ work in the Third Floor Gallery. Advance tickets are $25 each or 4 for $90. Call 715-394-5712 to reserve your tickets today! Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $30.

Christmas at Fairlawn Mansion. Photo courtesy of Misty Pine Photography.

Tuesday December 9 we will host our Holiday Luncheon Musicale at Fairlawn Mansion from noon to 2 p.m.  The afternoon begins with festive music by Sandey Williams (piano) and Ruth Juntunen (violin); both are members of the Lake Superior Ragtime Society. Lunch by Red Swan Catering will be served at 12:30 p.m. The menu includes Mandarin orange chicken pasta salad, croissant, fruit kabobs, and fudge marble cake. After lunch, you can enjoy a complimentary tour of the mansion. Advance reservations are required; tickets are $26.00. Call 715-394-5712 for reservations.

Fairlawn Mansion In winter.  Photo courtesy of Misty Pine Photography

Fairlawn Mansion In winter.
Photo courtesy of Misty Pine Photography

Tuesday December 9 is also the date for the first of our Twinkling Tuesday evening open houses.  On December 9, 16, 23, and 30 you can take in the sparkle of the decorated Fairlawn Mansion after dark at your own pace. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sample hot cider and seasonal treats as you explore all three floors of this beautiful home. Hosts scattered throughout the house will share stories about the Pattison family and the history of the house.  Cost is $5.00 for adults; free for children 12 and under. Sponsored by National Bank of Commerce.


McDougall’s Dream is Saturday September 27!

Alexander McDougall

Alexander McDougall

This year marks the 10th annual “McDougall’s Dream”. This all-day event celebrates local ship builder and entrepreneur Alexander McDougall.

In the late 1880s he came up with an innovative design for a steel-hulled vessel that would ride low in the water and shed the waves off its back like a whale, which gave the vessels their popular name of “whaleback.” McDougall’s American Steel Barge Company built the whalebacks in Superior, near the site of the current Frasier Shipyards. Only one whaleback ship remains – the Meteor – now land-berthed on Barker’s Island and open for tours.

McDougall’s Dream is this Saturday September 27 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior. Afternoon presentations begin at 1 p.m. with topics ranging from shipwrecks to shipbuilding. The evening events start at 5 p.m. with a cash bar, dinner catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ, a silent auction, and keynote speaker Pamela Brunfelt, Iron Range historian from Ely, Minnesota. Proceeds from the event help to restore and preserve the Meteor and the legacy of Captain Alexander McDougall.

The cost is $15 for the daytime talks, $40 for the evening dinner and keynote speaker, or $45 for a combination ticket for daytime and evening events.

For more details, take a look at our “Events Calendar” page. To make a reservation, call us at 715-394-5712.

Mini-Golf Frolic postponed to September 15

The Mini-Golf Frolic scheduled for today (Monday August 18) has been postponed as a result of yesterday’s heavy rainfall. At least 1.5 inches of rain fell in the past 24 hours, leaving Capt’n J’s miniature golf covered by standing water.

The Mini-Golf Frolic has been rescheduled for
Monday September 15,  5 to 8 p.m.

Tour the Meteor on Lake Superior Day – July 20

Sunday July 20 is Lake Superior Day! The SS Meteor, now located at Barker’s Island,  is the last remaining above-water whaleback ship designed and built in Duluth/Superior by Captain Alexander McDougall.  Celebrate Lake Superior Day by touring the Meteor.

On Sunday July 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., tours of the Meteor will be half-price. For more information, contact us at
715-394-5712 or

Launch of a whaleback ship in Superior, Wisconsin

Launch of a whaleback ship in Superior, Wisconsin