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Minnehaha on the Block


Duluth council OKs Tiffany window sale
Brandon Stahl Duluth News Tribune
Published Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The city council passed a resolution early Tuesday morning allowing the city administration to sell the “Minnehaha� stained glass window. The window, currently housed at the Depot, could bring the city anywhere from $1.9 to $3 million, money that would go to repairing the city’s budget deficit and building up its reserve fund, Mayor Don Ness has said.

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Duluth council OKs Tiffany window sale


The image was inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1855 epic poem “The Song of Hiawatha.� The poem tells the legend of Hiawatha and his sweetheart Minnehaha by the shores of Gitche Gumee (Lake Superior). The enormously popular poem is partially responsible for historical misconceptions about these fictional characters.

Designed by Tiffany’s artist Ann Westin, the window was commissioned by the state of Minnesota for our exhibition pavilion at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. After the World’s Fair, the state sold the window to the St. Louis County Women’s Auxiliary, (raising money for it by schoolchildren donating pennies...!)

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More facts about the window > Who is Minnehaha? > The history of the window >

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