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Tuesday Open House: Ole Oleson's Trunk

  • Mindekirken 924 East 21st Street Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

Weekly on Tuesdays, Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis adjacent to Norway House, hosts a luncheon with a speaker or performance of interest to our community. This month: Ole Oleson's Trunk:

A third generation American of Norwegian descent, Roger R. Hellesvig, aka Ole Oleson, was born and raised in Minneapolis. He completed a BA in Elementary Education at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., and taught in both public and parochial schools in Minnesota and Chicago from 1977- 2000. In 1987 he began volunteering at a local museum, Murphy’s Landing. During these years he developed his character, Ole Oleson, the name of his great grandfather who immigrated to America. Hellesvig developed two educational programs at the Landing: 19th Century School Days and a Summer Immersion Program. He presented workshops on persona development. In 2001 he assisted in fulfilling a grant on persona development at the Dakota County, a museum in Farmington, MN researching individuals from Dakota County’s past and preparing volunteers to fill these character roles. Since 1987, Hellesvig has been traveling around the United States giving programs on 19th Century Norwegian Immigration, 19th Century School Days and performing in character at various events.

11:00am Fellowship and Lunch
11:45am Devotions and Announcements
12:00pm-1:00pm Cultural Program

$7 suggested donation is received at the door.
Elevator access from north parking lot entrance.