Tag Archives: Norwegian Americans

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 ...

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 ...

Helping people through design

Up-and-coming designer Nicholas Fjellberg Swerdlowe uses design to solve everyday problems Jess Larsen Norwegian American Weekly Intern Scandinavian design – well known for its functionality and minimalism — hit the international design scene in the 1950s. Characterized by sleek and modern looking designs, Scandinavian design as it was in the 50s is still alive and vibrant today. Norwegian-American and ...

Architect of natural light

Award-winning architect Nils Finne reflects on his approach and influences of Nordic design Line Grundstad Hanke Line Grundstad Hanke Interior Design Through my work as an interior designer, I have had the pleasure to meet and visit with award-winning architect Nils Finne. Finne’s combination of the highest quality of craftsmanship and Nordic sensibility makes him a highly sought-after ...

Out of the shadows

A conversation with author and actress Kathryn Leigh Scott By Christy Olsen Field Managing Editor With the recent film adaptation of “Dark Shadows,” fans of the original 1960s gothic soap opera have come out of the woodwork to celebrate the cult classic. We recently sat down with Kathryn Leigh Scott, a star in the original TV series, to ...

Taking you back to your roots

The hikers enroute to Kappadal (Photo: Jan Johannesson)

Heritage tours connect Norwegian-Americans to Norway in an unforgettable way By Char Rustan Brekke Director and Co-owner of Brekke Tours & Travel As a tour operator specializing in travel to Scandinavia, with a sub-specialty in Norway and heritage travel, Brekke Tours has had the privilege of assisting numerous Norwegian-Americans return to their ancestral roots. Through the years, Brekke Tours ...

Norwegian Cultural Heritage Day & Taste of Norway in Seattle, Wash.

Celebrate Norway with the Leif Erikson Lodge in Seattle on March 24! View Larger Map The 5K Fun Run/Walk kicks off the annual Norwegian Heritage Day and Taste of Norway event in Ballard at the Leif Erikson Lodge. The race is from the Leif Erikson Lodge to the Leif Erikson statue at Shilshole and return. Registration begins ...

On the Edge with Irene Levin Berman: An apology 70 years after the fact

Irene Levin Berman, author of the book We Are Going to Pick Potatoes: Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story

“On the Edge” is the new opinion column in the Norwegian American Weekly, featuring opinion pieces written by invited contributors who make some comments on the current issues that define modern Norway. The Prime Minister was the keynote speaker at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27 this year at the same Oslo harbor where almost ...

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 ...