Category: Norwegian Heritage

The Great Norwegian Porridge Feud

How a war between “science” and tradition left its mark on a staple of Norwegian food Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska After helping me with the solution to the “Great Lutefisk Mystery,” Kari-Anne Pedersen of...

Nordic Naturals

Joar Opheim grew his Norwegian longing into a healthy American business M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In the late 1980s, Joar Opheim, a School of Business student at Santa Clara University in California, integrated...

Restoration of the Gjøa underway

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Restoration of the Gjøa, the sloop used by polar explorer Roald Amundsen and a crew of six for his first-ever transit of the Northwest Passage, is now underway at...

A modern immigrant story, part one

Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska In my previous article for The Norwegian American, I explored the reception and treatment of Norwegian immigrants to the United States. This time I will begin to tell you my...

Reversing Cleng Peerson’s migration

Americans prepare to celebrate Norwegian-American history at Tysvær’s Midsummer Festival Molly Jones The Norwegian American Almost two centuries ago, 52 brave men, women, and children boarded the 54-foot sloop Restauration in Stavanger on July...

Why bestemor never taught you Norwegian

Norwegian immigrants to the US had it easier than many from other countries, but still faced xenophobic pressure—and legislation—that forced assimilation Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska With so much recent talk of immigrants and their...

Norgesskolen, a summer of learning

Every year kids from all over the world meet for three weeks of everything Norwegian Maria Vang Ormhaug Norgesskolen Norgesskolen is a summer school in Norwegian language and culture. The students are children and...