Category Archives: Norwegian American Weekly

From seaboard tabloid to cultural treasure

From the wayback machine, the back page of Norway Times from May 31, 1990, that paper’s 100th year of publication.

As NAW looks forward to its 125th birthday this May, here’s a brief history of the Nordisk Tidende, the paper responsible for 117 of those years Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles Mentioned in nearly every historical account of the Norwegian American immigrant experience, the early Nordisk Tidende—Norway Times—was a colorful, integral part of the tapestry woven by the ...

Han Ola og Han Per—Norsk-Amerikansk kulture arv

Photo via Deb Nelson Gourley “Han Ola og Han Per: A Norwegian-American Comic Strip / En norsk-amerikansk tegneserie” is considered the authoritative translation of the comic strip.

A message from Subscriptions Manager John Erik Stacy Boy! We got feedback from several readers on my attempt at translating Ola og Per comics. This is good. We knew that readers of the Norwegian American Weekly could help us crack some of the especially tough language-nuts. In fact, I was contacted by both Professor Joan N. Buckley ...

Artisans and ancestry

Photo: courtesy of Ray Kerns. Ray Kerns with one of his stained glass projects.

Ray Kerns, veteran and artisan, reflects on ancestry and connections with – and separation from – the past Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor A sole artisan designed and built the “7 Trails Trading Post,” which is home of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation as a “friends group” in support of the U.S. Park Service Knife River Historic Indian ...

A new interpretation

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Robert G. Johnson and Janey Westin offer a new theory on the presence of Norse explorers in North America Kelsey Larson Managing Editor The Kensington Runestone in Minnesota, the Spirit Pond runestones discovered in Maine, reports of Native American peoples with light skin and eyes...could there possibly be a historic explanation for these phenomena, or are they simply ...

Not just a day off

Photo courtesy Larrie Wanberg. Northwood Cemetery, with flags flying.

Memorial Day is much more than just a long weekend Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor The day is indelible in my memory when, as a Boy Scout with a snare drum strapped to one leg and sounding the cadence, I lead of a hometown parade in 1944, marching just behind an aging four-member American Legion Honor Guard. The place was ...

New from Norway

The Canary Digital Radon Detector. The Canary is battery powered, about the size of a large cell-phone and can be easily placed in a test space. It uses a sensitive, electronic element to “actively” detect radon gas and display measurements in real-time. It was developed by Norwegian scientists and is manufactured in Norway by Corentium.

New Norwegian technology allows for quick and easy at-home radon tests John Erik Stacy Seattle, Wash. Norwegians are well aware of insidious health danger of naturally occurring radon gas. Radon can seep from the earth into homes and work-places, and the buildings of Norway – often built into living rock and well insulated against the winds of winter ...

A new resource

 Photo courtesy of Neil Hofland. Neil Hofland works on his website, www.norwayancestors.com.

Are your Norwegian ancestors from Inner Sogn? There is a new way to find them By Linda Sharp Finding your Norwegian ancestors just got easier if you are descended from the Inner Sogn. Neil Hofland’s website, www.norwayancestors.com, is the brainchild of a man who has made a 25-year hobby of a childhood dream that he recalls having ...

Kings and things

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Napoleon and Desiree’s part in Norway’s independence Judith Gabriel Vinje La Crescenta, Calif. Syttende Mai might be called the “king swapping” day, but throw in a famous courtesan turned queen and an even more famous jilted lover, and you’ve got... a famous movie, and the story of Norway’s independence. Until the late 800s, there was no single king in ...

The season of the bunad

Photos courtesy Aina Fjellanger. Fjellanger in her “Masfjord Bunad.” This pattern was reconstucted in the year 2000, so it is a “new” “old” bunad. Reconstructed material from the mid-1800s – 1900. The other bunads on display are from her home county of Nordhordland, which she sews the most. The chestcloth, belt and apron can have different patterns, and therefore it is good to have these displayed, so that customers can decide what they prefer for their bunads.

For Aina Fjellanger of MollyMe clothing company, springtime ushers in the busiest season of the year Kelsey Larson Managing Editor “The best part is when they try on the bunad for the first time, when I have just finished it,” says Aina Fjellanger. “Most people look great in their bunad, because it is measured and fitted just for ...

Trollhaugen’s 40th

Photo courtesy Trollhaugen Language Arts & Culture Camp. Norwegian culture is celebrated at the Alberta, Canada language camp.

The Alberta, Canada based language arts and culture camp celebrates its 40th birthday Special Release Trollhaugen The Alberta-based Trollhaugen Language Arts and Culture Camp will be celebrating its fortieth anniversary this upcoming August. Since 1973, the Norwegian culture camp has been promoting and preserving Norwegian heritage through history, crafts, traditional skills and culture classes. Over the years, the camp ...