Welcome to Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate. Along the shore of Lake Superior, a 7.6-acre expanse of wooded land enfolds the 39-room Jacobean Revival mansion that is Minnesota’s premier historic house museum. The interiors of the mansion have endured, boasting nearly all of the same furnishings and décor that graced the rooms when estate was completed in 1908. Even the formal gardens and naturalistic landscape retain much of their original design. Here, visitors are given a fascinating look at life in an affluent family home from the turn of the last century. Glensheen is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Partner Place of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
This collection contains materials about Glensheen and the Congdon family from the Congdons themselves (including photographs, letters, and diaries) and from later years when Glensheen opened to the public (including newsletters and more recent pictures of the estate). Items date from 1853 to 2013. Browse Glensheen materials by decade:
Additional materials about Glensheen and the Congdon family, particularly images, can be found in the Congdon Family Papers collection in the UMedia repository.