Category: Norwegian Heritage

Questions about the Scandinavian way

Notes from the book tour trail with Viking Economics author George Lakey George Lakey Philadelphia, Penn. “My great-grandmother was from southern Norway,” the 20-something said to me with a smile as she presented her...

Notable Norwegians: Eva Norvind

David Moe Eva Norvind was born Eva Johanne Chegodayeva Sakonsky in Trondheim, Norway, in 1944. She was a writer, producer, director, and actress. At the age of 15, she moved to France with her...

A modern immigrant story, part two

How the American Dream worked out for Norwegian Terje “Ted” Birkedal and family Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska In the March 10 issue of The Norwegian American, I began the story of my family’s immigration...

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...