Why Norway House? Why Here?
Why Norway House? Why Here?
The Norway House connects the United States with contemporary Norway through arts, business, and culture. Preserving tradition and embracing cultural roots is at the core of Norwegian immigration in the United States. Minneapolis and the broader state of Minnesota served and continues to act as a focal point for Norwegian culture in the United States. Franklin Avenue, where the Norway house is located, was at one time a popular location for immigrants because of its easy commute to the North East mills and its connections to hinterland. Today the location serves as an intersection of diverse cultures and cultural houses that make up the Twin Cities. Preserving Norwegian tradition today is challenged by the rise of online retailers and the fast paced world we live in. In order to embrace tradition, it is important to embrace the community connections and places in order to prevent traditional cooking/baking/craft techniques from dying out and being morphed into a mainstream mass market industry.
Franklin Avenue is the home of Norway House. This bustling avenue once served as an entrance point for many Norwegian-Americans coming to the Twin Cities. The avenue continues to serve as an entrance point today for Minneapolis’s native and Somalian populations.
Immediately neighboring Norway House is the Mindekirken Lutheran Church. The church was founded in 1922 to provide Norwegian-Americans with the opportunity to continue their traditions, providing services in Norwegian, a tradition that continues through today.
Only 1.5 miles away from Norway House, Ingebretsen’s has long served the Norwegian community with groceries, gifts, and much more, preserving the tradition of ethnic-specific groceries in the Twin Cities. Norway House even has a branch of the store in house!
NORWAY HOUSE AND THE COMMUNITY
Norway House works to partner with many of its community neighbors, including discussing indigeneity with American Indian Cultural Corridor while showing our “Sámi Dreams” exhibit.
Norway House encourages members to explore Franklin Ave. and the broader Phillips neighborhood. Some members even arrive early for events and explore the neighborhood beforehand.
With the rise of online retailers, it’s important to embrace community connections and center to prevent traditional cooking/baking/craft techniques from dying out and being morphed into a mainstream mass market industry
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Having a physical location has helped Norway House to increase in membership, we've had over 600 members in just the three years of being open.
Norway House has been able to offer more events and opportunities to members and non-members due to having a physical location, such as our gallery, voting in the most recent Finnish elections or our monthly members Frokost.
Norway House is a location where the community can come to gather and maybe grab a drink or bite to socialize over at our Kaffebar. Or if you need to grab any number of Norwegian related goods you can, at Also Ingebretsen’s, located on our first floor.