Glensheen & the Congdon Legacy

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DVD - Glensheen and the Congdon Legacy

Minnesota’s most-visited house museum, Glensheen, is much more than its beautiful landscaping, rich design, and historic status. It’s a tribute to a family that put down deep roots in northern Minnesota, whose good works live on more than a century after their “home place” was built. This WDSE documentary reveals the legacy left by the Congdon family and their gracious mansion.

Book - Official Guide to Glensheen by Tony Dierckins

In 1868, following his father’s death, fifteen-year-old Chester Congdon went to work in a lumber yard. He told his mother that someday he wanted “to be better off than everybody else.” Thanks to his skills as an attorney, wise investments, and shrewd business strategies that found him entangled with John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and J. P. Morgan, by 1902 Congdon had become one of the wealthiest men in Minnesota. In 1905, Chester and his wife, Clara, began building a grand home on the north shore of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota: Glensheen, a self-sustaining estate that survives today as a symbol of Congdon’s success and Duluth’s gilded age, when its East End mansions housed the families of grain trade commissioners, lumber barons, mining magnates―and their attorneys.

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