Celebrating 100 years

The Junior League of Duluth will be celebrating 100 years of work in the Twin Ports region. In that year, we will celebrate our past and look to our next century through a year of events, projects, and initiatives.

Centennial Event Timeline:

  • July 14th, 2020: Mayor Emily Larson of Duluth, Minnesota and Mayor Jim Paine of Superior, Wisconsin proclaim July 14th,”Junior League of Duluth Day.” This joint proclamation recognizes the significance of the date for the founding of the Junior League of Duluth as well as celebrates the role that members of the League have played as catalysts for lasting community change.
  • May 2021: Round-up at the Mount Royal Market to raise money to Fund-our-Future
  • May 20-21, 2021: AJLI Recognition of the Junior League of Duluth’s Centennial at Annual Conference in Indianapolis
  • March 2022: Building Resiliency: A day-long educational opportunity
  • July 12th, 2022: The Party of the Century at Glensheen at the Kitchi Gammi Club

Centennial Programs & Initiatives:

  • Support the work of the Junior League of Duluth into our next century by helping to “Fund the Future.” We hope to raise $100,000 to ensure the League can fiscally sustain its mission, no matter what challenges lie ahead. Help us ensure that the League can continue to empower our members and communities. Your contribution makes a difference.
  • Our histories: From September 2020 through August of 2021 we will feature member stories at our General Membership Meetings as well as across our social media platforms including on our JLD YouTube page.
  • Done-in-a-Day by the Decade: 10 community initiatives will look to our 10 decades of work in the Twin Ports to guide initiatives over the Centennial Year
  • Telling our story: the website and social media platforms will celebrate the rich history of the Junior League of Duluth by featuring the stories, artifacts, and voices of our past
  • Check-out our highlights from JLD cookbooks
  • AND our history through the decades: starting with the 1920s, and then taking a closer look at the 1930s. Suzanna Rauvola explores the JLD during the war years. In the 1950s, the focus turned to arts and education. Mary Olin highlights the League in the 1960s, a decade that laid the foundation for the League-wide changes evident in the work of the JLD in the 1970s. Denise Bussa shares the work of the League in the 1990s. In the 2000s we worked closely with and supported the work of other community organizations and in the 2010s our issue-focus turned to responding to food insecurity in our communities.