About January In Duluth

If you have a few minutes, this interview with Maija Jenson from KUMD from 1/12/12 might be worthy explanation for the feel of the project:

The two major objectives for the project:

(1) Getting to know Duluth in January (spending 31 days learning and producing as much as I can about the city).

(2) Getting to know January in Duluth (talking about the wooly mammoth in the room — it’s going to be very cold).

This is a parachute and suitcase project, meaning I’ve come to a community that’s (mostly) brand new to me and temporarily relocating (to a friend’s couch). I arrived in Duluth on the night of 1/1/12 with some clothing, a computer, microphone, camera, and my personal recipe for gumption (I get especially excited about narrative, people, and stories). I’m not trying to make any money from this project through sponsorships or other means, and I’m very happy keeping it that way.

Clearly, Duluth is much larger than 31 days or a single person’s ability to capture it. My goals, while simple to state, may not sound particularly modest. That being said, I’ll rely on the kindness/expertise/perspectives of strangers in every step of the process — conversations in physical, digital and any other kind of space will feed and sustain everything I do. I’m coming into this as an outsider, and I imagine I won’t get too far inside unless I get an invitation or two. This is not an ethnographic study — at the end of the day, all I’m looking to do is find and tell a story or two that connect with folks in Duluth.

On this blog, you will find writing, audio, photos, video, drawings, graphics, and whatever else tumbles out of the process. And as I mentioned above, I’d love to work with folks on guest posts of any kind. From personal experience, I know that sometimes the right prompt can spark meaningful responses that would have otherwise remained unspoken.

3 Responses to About January In Duluth

  1. Monica Sawyn says:

    Just found this, thanks to the article in the DNT. I lived up the shore in Two Harbors for 39 years. Moved to Sturgeon Bay in 2009, so reading your stuff is pretty nostalgic for me. You really should visit the Benedictine sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery. They were in Duluth almost from the beginning, initiating health care for so many. Two of them actually traveled to lumber camps selling $1 tickets for health care–the first form of health insurance. Sr. Edith, who teaches in the college and is the oblate director, was once an atheist. One of them who just died was a major cancer researcher. Another spent a winter with an expedition at the North (or was it South?) Pole. Amazing women. Have you been to Amazing Grace? Climbed Enger Tower? Gone fishing with the Trout Whisperer? Been on a sled dog ride?

    I bet you’re having a ball! Oh–and did you know that Sturgeon Bay has a Duluth Avenue?

  2. Manda Lillie says:

    For a journalism student attending UMD, this is really inspiring. I hope you have the opportunity to travel elsewhere and do this again!

  3. Joanna says:

    Hi Adam,
    Great project! I jump in Superior once a month as a sort of personal connection to the water and my life in Duluth. I hope you got the chance to experience this!

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