Category: Norwegian Heritage

Notable Norwegians: Floyd B. Olson

David Moe Floyd Bjørnstjerne Olson was born November 13, 1891, in Minneapolis, Minn., the only child of a Norwegian father and Swedish mother. He entered the University of Minnesota in 1910. After one year...

Music, beating heart of Syttende Mai

Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho Parades, children, flags, russ, and bunads from all corners of the nation are all key elements for Syttende Mai—but what would these be without music? While the...

From farmers to framers

A look at the yeoman farmers who helped shape Norway’s constitution Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska On the eve of the signing of Norway’s constitution on the 17th of May, 1814, Norway had a population...

Seven snapshots of Syttende Mai

A brief pictorial history of Grunnlovsdagen, compiled by M. Michael Brady The celebration of Syttende Mai as we know it today started unpretentiously after the Constitution was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17, 1814....

Syttende Mai, from Oslo to L.A.

Memories of past holidays mix with celebrations still occurring in Norwegian enclaves Larrie Wanberg Features Editor Sixty years ago on a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Oslo, I became immersed face-to-face in my...