Poem – “The writer” by Timothy James Stouffer

The writer In Sigs cabin There’s a pipe stand with three or four of his. Maps on the walls, and doggerel shaped books watch me from shelves as my fingers inch towards His old keys. The chair feels right. Desk a little low for my taste, but the pipe stem has me in its grasp […]

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Sigurd Olson and the Establishment of Voyageurs National Park

By Kevin Proescholdt – Last year, 2016, marked the centennial of the formation of the National Park Service. The heightened awareness of the National Park Service surrounding this anniversary has triggered a fresh interest in the national parks that this agency manages. Of particular interest to those with an interest in Sigurd F. Olson is […]

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The Meaning of Place

by Douglas Wood, president of the LPF – Places can be marvelous things. Strange things. Fragile things. Sometimes a place is just that—a place to put your keys, hang a picture, park your car. A place to go to work or go out to eat. But sometimes places are a little bit more. Some- times […]

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Visit to the Shack Turns into Graduate Project

By Steffi O’Brien Page 5 of the Fall 2016 Newsletter “A little step may be the beginning of a great journey.” —Unknown And so it has been. My little step just happened to occur inside Sigurd Olson’s Writing Shack on August 3, 2015. Upon entering the Shack for the first time, my eyes swept over […]

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Sigurd F. Olson and the National Parks by Kevin Proescholdt

By Kevin Proescholdt This year, 2016, marks the centennial of the establishment of the National Park Service. Though national parks had existed since Yellowstone in 1872, it was not until 1916 that Congress passed the law creating the National Park Service. Sigurd Olson played important roles both in the national parks and the agency created […]

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The Wilderness Sings in China, Too

By David Backes Published in the Summer 2016 LPF Newsletter, page 7 Excerpts from Sigurd’s writings have been published in a variety of languages, including Russian and Arabic, but a Chinese company is the first to publish a complete translation of one of Sigurd’s books. SDX Joint Publishing Co. in Beijing has published a Chinese […]

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Early Years of the Olson Home

Editor’s note: In the following article, written in 1996, Sig’s son Robert recalls details of the Olson family home in Ely. This home, recently purchased by the Listening Point Foundation, now provides many opportunities for the Foundation to advance Sig’s legacy of wilderness education. Sig and Elizabeth moved from the Rapson House on Harvey St. up to the new house on […]

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Sigurd Olson and the 1978 BWCAW Act

Thirty-five years ago this fall, on October 21, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act (Public Law 95-495). This new law ended a rancorous three-year fight in Congress over the future of the BWCAW, provided important new wilderness protections for the canoe country, and settled once and for […]

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