Dan Hartman, “Duluth, 1918”

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Daniel Hartman

Daniel Hartman is Interim Director of Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate. In addition, he is a Duluth Economic Development Authority commissioner. Dan served as President, Vice President and Councilor on the Duluth City Councilor. He was Program Curator of Veterans’ Memorial Hall of the St. Louis County Historical Society. He served on the Duluth Public Utilities Commission and was a board member on Visit Duluth as well as Neighborhood Housing Services.

Daniel was selected as Young Professional of the Year by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and as one of “20 Under 40” by the Duluth News Tribune in 2009. He was awarded the Sieur Du Luth Award from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2005.

Duluth, 1918

By Daniel Hartman

1918 is remembered as one of the most horrific years in Duluth’s history. Many loved ones were sent overseas to fight in World War I, some of them never to return. Near war’s end, Spanish flu arrived in Duluth, and in order to keep it from spreading, the city closed down all major gathering places, from churches to schools to theatres. A couple of days later, the Cloquet fire erupted. The city of Cloquet and all of Duluth’s neighboring communities were evacuated, meaning that people were temporarily crowded together—which meant that the Spanish flu exploded in the city.

This presentation revisits the terrible year that tested the mettle, and the courage, of Duluthians.

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