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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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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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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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The Minnesota Historical Society: Behind the Scenes - An Out & About Adventure
Jan
8
2:00 PM14:00

The Minnesota Historical Society: Behind the Scenes - An Out & About Adventure

This is a "bucket-list" tour for all Minnesotans! Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the Minnesota Historical society in St. Paul. You will visit the lower level where the Society stores all paper, materials, and relics for future preservation and use int he main display areas of the building. Refreshments will be served.

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

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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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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
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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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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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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2019 Nordic Ball: Dancing with the Nordic Stars
Feb
12
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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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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The Degeneration of Democracy - Minnesota Peace Initiative
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Degeneration of Democracy - Minnesota Peace Initiative

  • McNamara Center - University of Minnesota (map)
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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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Traditional Folk Music of Telemark, Norway and Ballads of the Middle Ages
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Traditional Folk Music of Telemark, Norway and Ballads of the Middle Ages

  • Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (map)
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Welcome to a rare opportunity to hear traditional folk music from the region of Telemark Norway and Ballads of the middle ages performed by Arna Rennan, Loretta Kelley and Georganne Hunter. The music along with their stories are brought to life by translations, vivid descriptions and the compelling voice of Arna Rennan and musicianship of Loretta Kelley, hardanger fiddle, and Georganne Hunter, Gaelic harp.

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Minnesota State Capitol - An Out & About Adventure
Sep
13
1:00 PM13:00

Minnesota State Capitol - An Out & About Adventure

Explore the newly restored Minnesota State Capitol with a  Capitol historian. Get the inside scoop on the 3+ year restoration project as you visit some of the nooks and crannies and lesser known parts of the Capitol. Climb to the roof to see the Quadriga Statue at the base of the dome. Visit the offices of Senator Greg Clausen and Representative Jim Erdahl. An optional activity following the tour: head to W. A. Frost for mid-afternoon refreshments. 

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

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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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Dr. Norman Borlaug, the Norwegian-American Agricultural Scientist who fed a billion people
Sep
4
11:00 AM11:00

Dr. Norman Borlaug, the Norwegian-American Agricultural Scientist who fed a billion people

Dr. John Haugo, who was a member of the University of Minnesota’s Borlaug Blue Ribbon Commission, will discuss Borlaug’s Norwegian roots, boyhood, education, career and honors. Borlaug’s honors include the Nobel Peace Prize and recognition as one of the world’s top three humanitarians and as the University of Minnesota’s most famous alumnus.

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Munch to Melgaard: Contemporary Art in Norway Today, A Norway House Galleri Talk
Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

Munch to Melgaard: Contemporary Art in Norway Today, A Norway House Galleri Talk

Max Stevenson, Director of Exhibitions and Programs at Norway House in Minneapolis, will lead a presentation that explores the world of contemporary art in Norway today.

This encore presentation will be presented alongside Franklin Open Streets.

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Elling Reitan: The Colors of Peer Gynt
Aug
24
to Oct 28

Elling Reitan: The Colors of Peer Gynt

  • 913 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55404 (map)
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Norway Art® and its owner, Dr. Mary Jo Thorsheim are proud to present this exhibition of limited edition lithograph reproductions of paintings by renowned Norwegian artist, Elling Reitan. One of the most popular and famous out of Norway today,  Reitan's paintings have found the walls of public and private collections the world over.

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Munch to Melgaard: Contemporary Art in Norway Today, A Norway House Galleri Talk
Aug
16
1:00 PM13:00

Munch to Melgaard: Contemporary Art in Norway Today, A Norway House Galleri Talk

Max Stevenson, Director of Exhibitions and Programs at Norway House in Minneapolis, will lead a presentation that explores the world of contemporary art in Norway today.

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Herbjørn Gausta: A Galleri Talk with Norway House Interns, Annika Vande Krol & Emily Linder
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Herbjørn Gausta: A Galleri Talk with Norway House Interns, Annika Vande Krol & Emily Linder

Luther College students and Norway House Inters, Emily Linder and Annika Vande Krol ‘19 will present their investigative research on this celebrated artist. Born in 1854 in Telemark, Norway, Gausta is best known for his rich landscapes and genre paintings as well as protraits of prominent, local individuals he met after moing to Harmony, Minnesota and attending Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

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Inside the Vault: Artwork from the St. Olaf College Collection by Norwegian and Norwegian-American Artists
Jun
28
to Aug 26

Inside the Vault: Artwork from the St. Olaf College Collection by Norwegian and Norwegian-American Artists

For the first time in St. Olaf's 144 year history, the Norwegian-Lutheran Liberal Arts college shares its collection outside the walls of the Flaten Art Museum in this noteworthy collaboration between St. Olaf and Norway House. 

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Edvard Grieg's 175th Birthday Party!
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Edvard Grieg's 175th Birthday Party!

  • Mindekirken, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (map)
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Join us in celebrating 175 years since Edvard Grieg's birthday, June 15, 1843! A full stable of top-flight area performers will share songs, sonatas, stories, and surprises in celebration of the occasion in a variety show concert at Mindekirken. Birthday treats will be served in Norway House at the reception that follows the concert in honor of Norway's greatest composer.

This concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken at the door in support of the local food shelf supported by Mindekirken.

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Edvard Grieg Society of MN Vocal Competition Winners' Recital
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Edvard Grieg Society of MN Vocal Competition Winners' Recital

  • Mindekirken, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (map)
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The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota is pleased host the Final Round of the 2018 Edvard Grieg Society Voice Competition at Mindekirken. The Competition is free and open to the public from 10:00am-1:00pm, also at Mindekirken. The top three competitors will perform in the Winners’ Recital at 2:00pm that afternoon.

Please join either or both of these events to support exciting young talent and hear some of the vocal performance world’s upcoming performers.

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Edvard Grieg Society of MN Voice Competition
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Edvard Grieg Society of MN Voice Competition

  • Mindekirken, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (map)
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The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota is pleased host the Final Round of the 2018 Edvard Grieg Society Voice Competition at Mindekirken. The Competition is free and open to the public. The top three competitors will perform in a Winners’ Recital at 2:00pm that afternoon, also at Mindekirken.

Please join either or both of these events to support exciting young talent and hear some of the vocal performance world’s upcoming performers.

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