Tag Archives: Norway in the U.S.

Do it the Minot way

Compelling reasons for Norwegian artisans to participate in Norsk Høstfest in Minot, N.D.  Gary G. Erickson Norwegian American Weekly A substantial number of visitors come from Scandinavia each year to celebrate Norsk Høstfest in Minot, N.D. Eager Norwegian flea market vendors at Oslo’s Sunday morning Akershus festning’s parking lot begin to ask American shoppers in July already, “Skal ...

A touch of Norway in America

"Fjord Country" by Hans Dahl (1849 – 1937)

Successful small business Norway Art connects Norwegian art to North America By Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly Instilled with a love of Norway from childhood, Mary Jo Thorsheim of Norway Art® is committed to bringing images of her ancestors’ homeland to decorate the walls of homes, offices and organizations everywhere. The cozy Norway Art space leased from ...

Cute as a button

Lilleknappen’s Norwegian-American design Kelsey Larson Copy Editor For Anna Bloomstrand, Scandinavian design is just in her blood. After all, the infamous Scandinavian specialty store Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis, Minn. has been in her family since 1921. “I’ve always kind of been in it,” she says. The Scandinavian specialty business, that is. Now, Bloomstrand is the owner of her own ...

Queen of design

The life and work of Norwegian designer Grete Prytz Kittelsen in a new book Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly The Scandinavian Design movement of the mid-20th century was born of the idea that beautiful, functional everyday objects could be accessible to everyone in society. In the history of design, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have often overshadowed Norway. ...

A touch of Norway in America

Photo: Norway Art. "Idyll" by Skredsvig; one of Norway Art

Successful small business Norway Art connects Norwegian art to North America  Christy Olsen Field Managing Editor Instilled with a love of Norway from childhood, Mary Jo Thorsheim of Norway Art® is committed to bringing images of her ancestors’ homeland to decorate the walls of homes, offices and organizations everywhere. The cozy Norway Art space leased from the Sons of ...

Sharing their story

As part of her PowerPoint presentation at California Lutheran University on Nov. 16, Irene Levin Berman shared photos of her Jewish-Norwegian family while she told of their harrowing escape from Norway to Sweden after the Nazi conquest of Norway in 1940. Photo: Richard Londgren

California Lutheran University hosts lecture about the flight of Norwegian Jews during World War II By Richard Londgren Norwegian American Weekly In 1940, four-year-old Jewish-Norwegian Irene Levin Berman was an endangered person. After the conquest of Norway by Germany that year, most Norwegian Jews realized they must flee. As part of her Nov. 15 presentation about the spreading ...

Sharing our history

Photo courtesy of DSFU

Seattle's Deep Sea Fishermen's Union of the Pacific celebrates its 100th anniversary Beginning this January, family, friends, associates and members of the Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union of the Pacific are celebrating its 100th anniversary. And well they should. The Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union of the Pacific is the only union in the United States ...

Connecting to our heritage

Left: Kjell Elvis, who was born in Farsund and raised in Vanse, is the only full-time Elvis impersonator in Scandinavia. He delights the crowds every year at the American festival. Photo: Photo: Karin Lundekvam

The American Festival honors the rich Norwegian-American ties in Vanse, Norway Victoria Hofmo Norwegian American Weekly “The best thing to happen to Lista since Brooklyn” is the slogan for the American Festival in Vanse, Norway, which was held during the last weekend in June. You may be scratching your head and asking, “Vanse?” Yes, Vanse – which consists of ...

Place of remembrance

Snøhetta designed the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s pavilion houses an auditorium for public programming, space for contemplation, a counter for refreshments and a private suite reserved for victims’ family members.  Two of the original steel tridents from the fallen World Trade Center’s towers will be placed inside the pavilion and will be visible through the grand glass atrium. Image courtesy of Snøhetta

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta designs 9/11 Memorial Museum pavilion By Bill Osmundsen Norwegian American Weekly On Sept. 11, 2001, the sunny, clear autumn morning in New York City started out as any busy commuter weekday. At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines flight #11 slammed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, almost initially perceived as an airline ...

On open waters

“The Voyage of the Fox,” sculpture depicted here is the work of the article’s author, Bill Osmundsen. The prototype was created as a model for a bronze monument to be placed in New York and Norway. Further information about this project can be obtained by visiting the artist’s web site:-http://BronzeSea.org/FoxSculpture.aspx, or by contacting Project Coordinator, Victor Samuelsen at fantslake@aol.com or (203) 561-0005. Photo courtesy of Bill Osmundsen.

This year marks the 115th anniversary of the voyage of the FOX, the first transatlantic crossing by oar, in an open 18-foot rowboat named FOX. The nearly impossible feat was accomplished by two young Norwegian-American seamen who left New York June 6, 1896, and arrived in Le Havre, France on Aug. 7, 1896. By Bill Osmundsen Norwegian ...