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NAGA: Lesser-Known Data + Norwegian for Genealogists
Oct
26
1:30 PM13:30

NAGA: Lesser-Known Data + Norwegian for Genealogists

Find what’s tucked away in the corners of census, church, and property records that you haven’t explored yet. At this seminar, you’ll also get a primer on Norwegian vocabulary to help you understand the information you find.

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Memorial Service for Jon Pederson
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Memorial Service for Jon Pederson

  • Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (map)
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A memorial service to honor our tireless supporter and friend, Jon Pederson will be held at Mindekirken on Sunday, October 13, at 3:00pm. An outdoor reception will follow the service, and Norway House will be open for those who wish to sit inside with coffee. Norway House and Mindekirken are located on the same block with a shared parking lot.

The address for Mindekirken, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church is:
924 East 21st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Among the many hats Jon wore in the Norwegian-American community, he served on the Norway House Board of Directors and was the former Board Chairman. He touched many lives through his steadfast involvement in our community until his sudden passing on August 29. His funeral was held on September 5 in Spicer, MN.

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Baked Goods for the Memorial

In thinking of ways we could honor our beloved Jon Pederson, and friends have wondered what could they do, we are asking that anyone who would like to make a baked good, especially Norwegian, for his memorial service, it would be appreciated.

Stine Aasland, the Waffle Queen, who considered Jon her American father, will be making waffles, to honor him.  She will be serving waffles and coffee outdoors. Mindekirken and Norway House will serve coffee and baked goods. We feel this should best accommodate the anticipated amount of friends expected.

We will need the baked goods to be delivered to Norway House on Saturday, October 12th between the hours 10-2. 

If you need to have the container/tin they are delivered in returned to you,  please mark it with masking tape and your name and phone number.

Please contact Nancy Olson by email or phone as to what you are contributing and approximate amount.  Such as 4 dozen Krumkake or 1 pan of lemon bars (small\large) – Jon’s favorite!

Volunteers will be needed to help with plating and serving.  Let Nancy know if you would be willing to help. We will be working around the Leif Eriksson Festival being held at the church in the morning, including a special lunch, and we will plate the cookies at 9:00 at the church and take them to Norway House after the service. After the service, we'll need help monitoring and cleaning up during and after the reception. As Jon used to say, “Many hands make light work.”

Nancy Olson
norskheart@aol.com
612-384-7535


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Sep
28
1:30 PM13:30

NAGA: Using Military Records for Genealogy

The Norwegian-American Genealogy Association (NAGA) Will show attendees how to find and use U.S. military records from three conflicts that coincided with significant immigration from Norway: the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I. This session also will include tips on finding and understanding Norwegian military records.

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HORIZON: In Honour of a Lived Life
Mar
5
7:30 PM19:30

HORIZON: In Honour of a Lived Life

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In this performance visiting performing artist, Ragnhild A. Mørch mixes childhood memories with her family’s stories – a jigsaw which stretches across three generations. A performance that shows how Norwegian-German history not only consists of broad political lines but of individual fate. And that it is the personal decision-making that decides which turns the road takes.

HORIZON is one element of Ragnhild’s two week visit to the University of Minnesota where she will work directly with students, educators, and community members.

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In Cod We Trust: 10th Anniversary - Author Eric Dregni revisits his incredible year in Trondheim
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

In Cod We Trust: 10th Anniversary - Author Eric Dregni revisits his incredible year in Trondheim

10 years since the publication of In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream, Erik Dregni’s book remains not only relevant, but also an hilarious and heartwarming memoir about Dregni’s year-long long experiment in Norway, including discoveries about his family history, culture clash, and his son’s birth into the remarkably generous Norwegian healthcare system. Dregni visits Norway House 10 years after the publication of his book to share slides and stories from winter in Norway, and to read selections from his book.

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Genealogy Class with Bygdelagenes Fellesraadet
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Genealogy Class with Bygdelagenes Fellesraadet

In concert with Norwegian Heritage Month, there will be two sessions providing the opportunity for Norway House visitors to attend a class assisting with locating your ancestral place in Norway via a video training session by an expert from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, there will be assistance to help participants find their ancestral location in Norway. Participants may wish to bring material that may provide insight about their immigrant ancestor.

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Searching for Norwegian Ancestral Farms and Churches
Oct
25
11:00 AM11:00

Searching for Norwegian Ancestral Farms and Churches

Based upon his genealogical research, Dr. John Haugo will first describe Norwegian farming and church structure, primarily during the 1800s. Based upon his visits the ancestral farms and churches of each of his immigrant grandparents and great-grandparents will be described and shown.

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Genealogy Class with Bygdelagenes Fellesraadet
Oct
17
5:00 PM17:00

Genealogy Class with Bygdelagenes Fellesraadet

In concert with Norwegian Heritage Month, there will be two sessions providing the opportunity for Norway House visitors to attend a class assisting with locating your ancestral place in Norway via a video training session by an expert from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, there will be assistance to help participants find their ancestral location in Norway. Participants may wish to bring material that may provide insight about their immigrant ancestor.

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Snowdrop Waltz - Book Release & Tour Kick-Off, with Author Dag Gustav Gundersen Storla
Oct
9
2:00 PM14:00

Snowdrop Waltz - Book Release & Tour Kick-Off, with Author Dag Gustav Gundersen Storla

Follow the siblings, Andreas and Josephine, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean from the end of the 19th century, to the dawn of the 20th. The novels are important contributions to understand why the Norwegians left, and the reality that met these great pioneers as the arrived in the West. The novels are loaded with authentic details and make learning history enjoyable and interesting.

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Opening Reception: The Ballad of Daisy & Billy
Sep
13
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: The Ballad of Daisy & Billy

Local Norwegian-American artist, Bob Hest, presents a series of playful paintings and rugs that chronicle the settlement of Western Minnesota's Red River Valley by Scandinavian Immigrants at the turn of the century. Norway House's Galleri explodes with Bob Hest's brilliant colors and vivacious subjects with charming detail. Norway House patrons may recognize Hest's work, namely "Yes, Lena, there are foxes in Lofoten," as the signature artwork for this year's Midtsommer Gala. Norway House is proud to showcase Bob Hest's artwork this Fall.

Norway House Members and friends are invited to join Bob Hest and Norway House as we celebrate an evening full gorgeous oil paintings and textiles while enjoying food and a champagne toast courtesy of Barbette and a special live-music guest at 6:00 PM.

Purchase tickets for the evening here. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Two Homelands - Book Release with Odd S. Lovoll
Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Two Homelands - Book Release with Odd S. Lovoll

After decades if telling others' stories, Odd Lovoll places his own life in the larger context of Norwegian and Norwegian-American experiences from World War II to the present day. Lovoll links his experience with that of other immigrants and points to intriguing intersections in his professional and personal lives.

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How to Trace Your Norwegian Ancestors
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

How to Trace Your Norwegian Ancestors

A hands-on workshop with Norwegian genealogist, Liv Marit Haakenstad.


Participants will begin researching US sources, to find their family's origins in the US, and where they moved from. Haakenstad will then assist participants with sources from Norway to "put the pieces of the puzzle together."  Haakenstad will also discuss how to search the "Digital Archive" and other online sources of searchable and scanned historical documents. 

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Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast
Nov
21
6:30 AM06:30

Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast

Join us Norway House at the 33rd Annual Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast (NATB), held every year on the Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving hosted by Sons of Norway. The event brings together people of Nordic heritage to enjoy a breakfast, music, and three distinguished individuals from the community to speak on the topics of freedom, faith, family, and friends. 

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