Tag Archives: Midwest

Bærumkoret in the Midwest

Bærumkoret.

Bærumkoret is a mixed choir from Bærum, Norway, just outside of the capital city of Oslo. In late May and early June of 2011, after years of anticipation, the choir will be touring and performing in the Norwegian-American midwest. Bærumkoret aims to follow in the footsteps of the Norwegian immigrants and get ...

Vesterheim Quilt Exhibition Opening Celebrated on Free Thursdays

Quilts from Vesterheim

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum announces the opening of an exhibition of stunning quilts from the museum collection, “Pieces of Self: Identity and Norwegian-American Quilts,” on view in Vesterheim’s Main Building beginning April 1, 2010. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, the public is invited to a reception on Thursday, April 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. ...

Vesterheim Hosts Lecture on Painted Ale Bowls and Drinking Customs

This painted bowl from Vesterheim

Carol Hasvold will present “Festive Events and Drinking Customs in Traditional Norway, or, What Are All Those Painted Bowls for Anyway?” at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum on Sunday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m. in the museum’s Amdal-Odland Heritage Center. Lyle Otte, of Decorah, will share information on brewing beer and some of his own home-brewed beer. The ...

Mr. Gary Gandrud new Honorary Consul General in Minneapolis

Norway’s Honorary Consul General in Minnesota, Vice President Walter Mondale has made the decision to step down as of January 15, 2010. The new Consul General is Mr. Gary Gandrud. “I welcome Mr. Gary Gandrud as new Consul General in Minneapolis. Attorney-at-Law Gary Gandrud has served as Norwegian Honoray Consul since 2007. Gandrud has been instrumental ...

Troubled Water at Micheal Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan

Erik Poppe's "Troubled Water" (De Usynlige) will serve as the opening-night film of Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan, July 28-Aug 2. The Norwegian film centers on a young man, just released from prison, who is forced to confront his past. The Traverse City Film Festival has grown to become one of the ...

10th Anniversary of the Norway Lake Log Church

Photo courtesy of Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association

The Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association will hold the 10th anniversary celebration of the Norway Lake Log Church on August 15 and 16, 2009. Featured speaker on Sunday afternoon will include Gary Gandrud, Norwegian Honorary Counsel to the Midwest. Friday night’s vesper service will be led by Pastor Dean Elton Johnson and Sunday morning’s 10:00 am ...

Norwegian group observes 100 years since its first meeting

Paul Sandve of Rosemount on Thursday at the Vestlandslag Svetne at the Americas Best Value Inn in Albert Lea. Photo by Tim Engstrom

  Many people whose ancestors came from Norway are in Albert Lea this week to research their roots and to take part in a cultural tradition going back to the city’s pioneer days. By Tim Engstrom - Albert Lea Tribune Vestlandslag Stevne is the gathering of seven groups of people with roots in the westernmost lands of Norway — see ...

Vivid New Biography Collection Records Life of Iowa Pioneers

"The Passing of the Prairie by a Fossil: Biographical Sketches of Central Iowa Pioneers and Civil War Veterans"

  Nehemias Tjernagel illuminates trials of settlers and Civil War Soldiers STORY CITY, Iowa – Descendent of the Norwegian pioneering Tjernagelfamily Nehemias Tjernagel was deeply fascinated by the lives of pioneers and Civil War soldiers in Southern Hamilton and northern Story Counties. On the eve of World War I, Tjernagel recognized a unique opportunity to capture history ...