Brekke’s bygdebøker keep on giving

Larrie Wanberg Features Editor Legacy, it is said by many, is a gift that keeps on giving across time and even generations. If you have a single Norwegian gene in your DNA, as 40 to 50 million people do, there is a legacy that can benefit you and your ancestral family history. This legacy-gift is the largest library collection in the world of Norwegian family and farm histories—the Bygdebok Collection at University of North Dakota’s (UND) Chester Fritz Library in Grand Forks, N.D. The Arne G. Brekke Bygdebok Collection is not only the largest with 1,721 current volumes but also through online or onsite means the most accessible to the public for usage. Norwegian genealogists and Norwegian-American family historian
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Larrie Wanberg

Larrie Wanberg, 1920–2021, contributed features to The Norwegian American for many years, drawing on eight decades of life experience highlighted by three career recognitions: as a researcher through a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway in 1957; as a health care provider in behavioral science through a 27-year military career and awarded upon retirement in 1981 the highest non-combat medal, the Legion of Merit medal; as an educator, through a 50-year career in college education, culminating in the 2010 Public Scholar award at the UND Center for Community Engagement. Wanberg passed away in May, 2021.

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