Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8:00 AM CDT
Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM CDT

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Lake Superior's North Shore 



Amy Boxrud 
Norwegian-American Historical Association 

NAHA North Shore Fisherfolk Tour 

Join the Norwegian-American Historical Association in exploring the history of Lake Superior's North Shore commercial fishing industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The North Shore Fisherfolk Tour will draw on the expertise of local residents, museums, and historians who are working to preserve the archival and material record of this unique region.

Traveling by bus, we’ll depart from the Twin Cities and take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the North Shore from Duluth to Hovland. Stops include the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum in Tofte, boat restorations in Knife River, and visits to the fishing villages of Tofte, Grand Marais, and Hovland. While in Hovland, we’ll visit Trinity Lutheran Church, built by St. Olaf students under the leadership of professors Howard Hong and Arnold Flaten and architect Edward Sovik, among others. A lake cruise (weather permitting) will provide a fisherman’s view of the shoreline, fishing grounds, and communities that formed the basis for this chapter in Great Lakes history.

Accommodations will be at AmericInn in Tofte.

  • $495 per person for NAHA members,* double occupancy
  • $585 per person for non-members,* double occupancy
  • $120 single supplement

*Price includes bus transportation, lodging, lake cruise, museum entrances, and five meals.

Space is limited — reserve your spot by July 15 with a deposit of $150. (Deposits are non-refundable unless the tour is cancelled.) The remaining balance is due August 15. For more information, email naha@stolaf.edu or call 507-786-3221.

Tentative Itinerary
Check back for updates as they are available.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

  • Depart Twin Cities
  • Duluth: Canal Park and harbor, Federal Fish Hatchery at Lester River
  • Tofte: North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
  • Lunch and dinner included

Wednesday, Aug. 29

  • Continental breakfast at hotel or on your own
  • Lake cruise from Silver Bay Marina
  • Hovland: Dock and harbor, Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Evening in Grand Marais, harbor tour
  • Picnic box lunch and dinner included

Thursday, Aug. 30

  • Breakfast buffet 
  • Knife River: Boat restorations
  • Lunch on your own
  • Return to Twin Cities