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For 35 years, Arnold Alanen was a Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  This Thursday from noon to 1pm at the Depot, he will discuss a few things about Morgan Park. When: Thursday, August 21, 2014, from noon – 1 PM.

His book is entitled, “Morgan Park: Duluth, U.S. Steel, and the Forging of a Company Town,” which outlines the steel plant’s 60 years of history. Residents began to move into Morgan Park in 1914, and the plant began production in 1915. His lecture provides an overview of the importance of the planning and design of Morgan Park and the “complicated relationship between the employee and the employer.” He will also share the current endeavors of the neighborhood to preserve and maintain the community’s character.

From 1915 to 1971 the large U.S. Steel plant was a major part of Duluth’s landscape and life. Just as important was Morgan Park—an innovatively planned and close-knit community constructed for the plant’s employees and their families. In this new book Arnold R. Alanen brings to life Morgan Park, the formerly company-controlled town that now stands as a city neighborhood, and the U.S. Steel plant for which it was built.

Professor Alanenen taught for the Department of Landscape Architecture. His courses included history and historic preservation.

In 2008, his book on Morgan Park received the Northeast Minnesota Book Award.

He will have copies of his book with him. Books may be purchased at the presentation for $25.00. The event will be held in the Underground on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot), at 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota.

There will be limited theater-style seating (no tables), but feel free to bring your own bag lunch. Seating is first-come, first-served (no reservations). Admittance to this event is free to the public. ARCO coffee is provided.

For more information contact: Julie Bolos 218-733-7568 julie@thehistorypeople.org