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Duluth Heights Winter Frolic records

 Collection — Box: SC
Identifier: S4547

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 photograph and 140 color slides of the Duluth Heights Winter Frolic. The neighborhood Frolic was held in February beginning in 1946. The black and white photograph is an outdoor shot of the seven queen candidates from 1954 wearing winter, wool or leather jackets, headscarves, and mittens. The seven young women are identified as: Peggy Eckard, Darlene Christiansen, Lois Schramm, Beverly Esselstrom, Dorothy Holt, Dona Mae Merling, and Marjorie Koivisto. The 16mm color slides are from 1956-1970, of Winter Frolic activities. The 1970 event was the 26th annual Frolic. Mr. and Mrs. Bussa operated the Duluth Heights Store at 35 West Central Entrance for many years.


  • 1954-1970


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Groege and Lurine Bussa family resided in the Duluth Heights neighborhood for many years.  They operated a grocery store on Palmetto Street.  They personally recorded the Duluth Heights Winter Frolic.

Duluth has many neighborhoods and a number of winter events. The Duluth Heights neighborhood is up on the hillside approximately located with boundaries of Arlington Avenue, Arrowhead Road, Chambersburg Avenue and Trinity Road. Central Entrance runs through the middle of the Heights, and leaves the Heights where the Anderson Road joins the highway. Lowell Elementary school served the Heights. A plat titled Maple Grove Hill from 1929 included Mulberry, Locust, Linden, Myrtle, and Palmetto Streets as well as Balsam, Ebony and Banian Streets with a border of the Highland Avenue street railway line. The eight-page Duluth Heights Snoop newsletter was first issued in March, 1927 for five cents.

The Duluth Heights Winter Frolic grew out of intermittent winter sports programs involving skiing, skating and hockey. An informal February evening event was held in 1946 when a group of residents organized a few races and solicited some prizes from local businesses. The following year, the same group with the help of the PTA, sponsored an afternoon frolic. The 1948 Winter Frolic was taken up by the newly formed Community Club. The most prominent addition was the selection of a Queen. The sled parade grew into a parade along Palmetto Street.


141.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection consists of 1 photograph and 140 color slides of the Duluth Heights Winter Frolic.

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at or 218-726-8526.


This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Guide to the Duluth Heights Winter Frolic records
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526