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VESSEL: Ceramic Art by Michael Geertsen and Morten Løbner Espersen
Jan
25
to Mar 10

VESSEL: Ceramic Art by Michael Geertsen and Morten Løbner Espersen

The first presentation in the Gallery at Norway House this year features two contemporary Danish ceramic artists, Michael Geertsen and Morten Løbner Espersen in tandem with Minnesota woodcarver, Mike Loeffler. These works offer an opportunity for Norway House audiences to explore how familiar objects - like vases, pitchers, and plates - can be re-imagined in creative ways, illustrating an infinite variety of possibilities, all within the theme of “Vessel.”

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Mapping the Nordic Soul (Afternoon)
Feb
21
2:00 PM14:00

Mapping the Nordic Soul (Afternoon)

The body, mind, and soul are interconnected and bound together in Old Norse tradition. Thought and Memory, even Luck, are parts of our complex system of individual, family, and cultural life. Bring a notebook and map your soul parts in the Old Norse way. Join us for this interesting and fun discussion.

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Mapping the Nordic Soul (Evening)
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Mapping the Nordic Soul (Evening)

The body, mind, and soul are interconnected and bound together in Old Norse tradition. Thought and Memory, even Luck, are parts of our complex system of individual, family, and cultural life. Bring a notebook and map your soul parts in the Old Norse way. Join us for this interesting and fun discussion.

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Sauna Traditions: Stories, Songs, and Steam
Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Sauna Traditions: Stories, Songs, and Steam

Cleanliness of body, mind, and spirit were highly valued in Old Norse society along with the closeness and sanctity of family. Nothing satisfies these values quite like the steam bathing traditions. Icelanders took to the hot springs and the bath house was an essential element in the cultural life of Norway and Sweden. But the Finnish and Baltic cultures maintained sauna and spirtz traditions, including birthing, marriage, death, and seasonal changes into the Christian era.

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Animals of the World Tree - Kids' Class with Song & Craft
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Animals of the World Tree - Kids' Class with Song & Craft

There are many names for the world tree that holds our universe together in Old Norse tradition such as Yggdrasil, HodMimirsHolt, and Mjøthvitr. There is a snake at the roots, an eagle at the top branches and a squirrel that travels between the worlds. There are wind deer, horses, goats, and many other creatures. Come learn a song while we create paper plate puppets of all the animals of the World Tree!

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Nordic Ware: The Bundt Cake--Then and Now
Sep
13
to Nov 3

Nordic Ware: The Bundt Cake--Then and Now

Twin Cities’ family-owned and operated kitchen design and manufacturing company, Nordic Ware is undoubtedly known most for introducing the Bundt® pan, which can be found in over 70 million households around the world. Since its introduction in the early 1950s, the Bundt pan found its way into the hearts and homes of people everywhere, the Bundt® cake has become the quintessential American dessert--one that’s become a tradition for countless gatherings and family celebrations.

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Nordic Healing (Evening)
Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

Nordic Healing (Evening)

Nordic traditions and the mind-set around disease and healing were preserved in mythology, folk stories, charms, and recipes, and handed down in families from ancient times into the immigrant era. We hear about "epigenetic" or ancestor trauma, the benefits of "mindfulness" and the power of "nature therapy." These concepts were well understood by Nordic people as öorlog and wyrd, being in Verdandi, and uttesetti.

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Nordic Healing (Afternoon)
Feb
12
2:00 PM14:00

Nordic Healing (Afternoon)

Nordic traditions and the mind-set around disease and healing were preserved in mythology, folk stories, charms, and recipes, and handed down in families from ancient times into the immigrant era. We hear about "epigenetic" or ancestor trauma, the benefits of "mindfulness" and the power of "nature therapy." These concepts were well understood by Nordic people as öorlog and wyrd, being in Verdandi, and uttesetti.

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2019 Nordic Ball: Dancing with the Nordic Stars
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

2019 Nordic Ball: Dancing with the Nordic Stars

In it’s 42nd year, the Nordic Ball has been an annual tradition of the Nordic Folk Music and Dance communities in the Twin Cities, Minnesota since 1977. The different dance groups in the Twin Cities take turns hosting, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Finnish –  this year it is up to the Norwegians!

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The Myth of Ragnarok
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

The Myth of Ragnarok

What exactly does the Edda poetry say about Ragnarok, the doom of the gods? What does Snorre's prose Edda add to that? Of course it differs from the movies. This class is philosophy and history and a bit of "heathen theology" with just a dash of Hollywood. Let us search this ancient myth for lessons in our modern world.

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Nordic Ware: Behind the Scenes - An Out & About Adventure
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Nordic Ware: Behind the Scenes - An Out & About Adventure

An extra-special opportunity to tour the Nordic Ware factory with the VP of Manufacturing. Learn all about this Minnesota company - its 70-year history, its Scandinavian roots, its growth into an international brand, and Nordic Ware's latest products, just going to market. The factory outlet store will be open with a special discount for tour participants. Optional lunch to follow the tour at Mill Valley Kitchen.

This Out & About Adventure is a great way to have fun with friends, and donate to Norway House!

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Jan
29
11:00 AM11:00

Tuesday Open House: Introducing Pr. Anne Brit Aasland

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 week: Introducing Pr. Anne Brit Aasland

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Jan
22
11:00 AM11:00

Tuesday Open House: Photos by Doug Ohman

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 week: Photos by David Ohman

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Champagne, Music, & Peer Gynt Sweets - Fundraiser for EGSMN Piano Competition
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Champagne, Music, & Peer Gynt Sweets - Fundraiser for EGSMN Piano Competition

The annual fundraiser for EGSMN. This year’s concert theme Grieg’s Favorite Grieg Songs - Sung in English! Proceeds will go toward Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota’s 2019 Piano Competition celebrating young performers of Grieg and other Nordic composers.

Edvard Grieg wrote a total of 179 songs during his career. We know from the printed programs prepared for these concerts, most of which were preserved by Grieg himself, that he programmed some of his songs over and over again—hence, “Grieg’s favorite Grieg songs.” In 1988, the Edvard Grieg Committee – a group of musicologists from Norway and Denmark – commissioned EGSMN Board Member & reknowned Grieg scholar, William Halverson to create new English versions of most of Grieg’s song texts. The program on January 20 will use these English versions.

Performances by soprano Maria Jette, baritone Alan Dunbar, and pianist Sonja Thompson.

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Jan
15
11:00 AM11:00

Tuesday Open House: Benefits of Giving via the ELCA Fund— Rebecca Palmgren & Pr. Tim Peterson

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 week: Benefits of Giving via the ELCA Fund— Rebecca Palmgren & Pr. Tim Peterson

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Jan
8
11:00 AM11:00

Tuesday Open House: Scott Peterson - Hunting for Stardust

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 week: Scott Peterson—Hunting for Stardust

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Gallery Reception with artist, Christopher Sorenson
Dec
21
6:00 PM18:00

Gallery Reception with artist, Christopher Sorenson

A reception in celebration of Christopher Sorenson’s showcase, “Tradition Reinterpreted,” at Norway House will be held on Friday, December 21st at 6:00pm. Meet the artist, and enjoy light refreshments in the Coltvet room. There is no cost to attend, though we do appreciate your RSVP. Follow the link below to RSVP and learn more.

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Tuesday Open House: Chris Falteisek — Nordic Christmas Customs, Traditions and Music
Dec
18
11:00 AM11:00

Tuesday Open House: Chris Falteisek — Nordic Christmas Customs, Traditions and Music

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 week: Nordic Christmas Customs, Traditions and Music with Chris Falteisek

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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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Christopher Sorenson: Tradition Reinterpreted
Dec
6
to Jan 6

Christopher Sorenson: Tradition Reinterpreted

The iconic paper heart basket has become a symbol of the holiday season throughout the Nordics. Minnesota artist, Christopher Sorenson grew up with this tradition, and has taken the technique to a whole new level.

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The Degeneration of Democracy - Minnesota Peace Initiative
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Degeneration of Democracy - Minnesota Peace Initiative

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Keynote Speakers for this program include:
Tom Hanson, currently serves as Program Secretary of the Saint Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations and as a lecturer/consultant for the Great Decisions program at Global Minnesota.

Elaine Tyler May, a historian of the United States in the twentieth century and a Regents Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Jonas Bergan Draege, a joint postdoctoral research fellow with the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative (MEI) and the Center for International Development's Evidence for Policy Design.

Event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.

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What is Öorlog? - Evening Session
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

What is Öorlog? - Evening Session

The Old Norse word öorlog / ørlog (Norwegian) means "primal law" and refers to the layers of inheritance, ancestor memories--plus our own actions. This complex concept is explained through the simple drop spindle!

We will learn about the Nordic way of understanding time and our place in the world as we dig into Old Norse metaphysics and cosmology with Nordic roots scholar and performer Kari Tauring.

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What is Öorlog?
Oct
30
12:00 PM12:00

What is Öorlog?

The Old Norse word öorlog / ørlog (Norwegian) means "primal law" and refers to the layers of inheritance, ancestor memories--plus our own actions. This complex concept is explained through the simple drop spindle!

We will learn about the Nordic way of understanding time and our place in the world as we dig into Old Norse metaphysics and cosmology with Nordic roots scholar and performer Kari Tauring.

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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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Three Part Runes Exploration with Kari Tauring (Part 3)
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Three Part Runes Exploration with Kari Tauring (Part 3)

Explore the three sets of eight runes of the Elder Futhark called ættr ("family groupings") in three two-hour sessions with Nordic root scholar, performer, and author Kari Tauring. She illustrates each rune with songs, artifacts, story telling, and humor rooted in 30 plus years of scholarship.

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Rep. Dean Urdahl: Norwegian Immigrants & the U.S. Dakota War of 1862
Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Rep. Dean Urdahl: Norwegian Immigrants & the U.S. Dakota War of 1862

Dean Urdahl speaks about Min­nesota’s ‘war within a war’ in the Minnesota River Valley during the autumn of 1862. It has been over 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, a disastrous time in Minnesota history. The war had a profound impact in shaping Minnesota as we know it today. (MNHS)

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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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Three Part Runes Exploration with Kari Tauring (Part 2)
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

Three Part Runes Exploration with Kari Tauring (Part 2)

Explore the three sets of eight runes of the Elder Futhark called ættr ("family groupings") in three two-hour sessions with Nordic root scholar, performer, and author Kari Tauring. She illustrates each rune with songs, artifacts, story telling, and humor rooted in 30 plus years of scholarship.

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St. Paul Gangster Tour - An Out & About Adventure
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

St. Paul Gangster Tour - An Out & About Adventure

Explore St. Paul in the 1930s, when gangsters ran the city and held influence over city officials. Meet at noon for this two-hour bus tour taking you through the St. Paul neighborhoods where John Dillinger, Ma Barker, and Babyface Nelson, among others, made their living.  Your guide? A blast from the past nefarious gangster or his moll... Optional lunch following the tour at DeGideo's on West 7th Street - another notorious mobster hangout at the time.

This Out & About Adventure is a great way to have fun with friends, and donate to Norway House!

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Three Part Runes Exploration with Kari Tauring (Part 1)
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Three Part Runes Exploration with Kari Tauring (Part 1)

Explore the three sets of eight runes of the Elder Futhark called ættr ("family groupings") in three two-hour sessions with Nordic root scholar, performer, and author Kari Tauring. She illustrates each rune with songs, artifacts, story telling, and humor rooted in 30 plus years of scholarship.

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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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Viking Myths of Minnesota’s Kensington Rune Stone — and What Those Myths Reveal About the (Mis)Shaping of Identity in the Face of the Religious and Racial Other
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Viking Myths of Minnesota’s Kensington Rune Stone — and What Those Myths Reveal About the (Mis)Shaping of Identity in the Face of the Religious and Racial Other

In this lecture, Dr. Krueger will discuss what Minnesota’s Viking myths reveal about anxieties related to religious and racial diversity that persist to the present day.

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Lady with a Stick
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Lady with a Stick

Who are the staff carrying women of Old Norse tradition and how do they manifest in traditional Norwegian folk songs? From archaeological finds to Old Norse poetry to the Kjærringa med Staven, Kari Tauring, our resident lady with a stick, will shed light on these mysterious and magical women through stories and songs!

Adults, families, and children are welcome and encouraged to share in this daytime event.

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