Category: Norwegian Heritage

Grieg

Happy 175th birthday, Edvard Grieg!

Countless celebrations of the life and music of Norway’s famous composer are planned Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American June 15, 2018, marks the 175th birthday of Bergen and Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard...

A pocket watch and a possible clue

The Search for Thor: Thor Jensen, 36, moves from Oslo to Hammerfest. He is promoted to bank manager, becomes engaged, and takes a one-month hiking trip through occupied Finnmark in 1941. By the end...

trunk from Hafslo

A trunk from Hafslo

Genealogy Detective A monthly column putting people in touch with their Norwegian roots with Liv Marit Haakenstad When I was visiting Wisconsin in March 2018, I was introduced to Darlene Bankes, who had some...

NYC

Meet the modern-day Norse devotees

NYC Heathens is a group for practitioners of—and those curious about—the old ways Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Nazis tried to usurp parts of the Viking culture for their own propaganda. They even held up...

Nordic Museum opening - crowd

The new Nordic Museum opens in Seattle

A weekend of speeches and musical performances marks the much-awaited opening Eric Stavney Mukilteo, Wash. The “new” Nordic Museum opened with fanfare in Seattle on the weekend of May 4-5, after an exhausting two...

Norwegian Memorial

Norwegian history landmarked in NYC

A remnant of New York’s rich Norwegian history is now likely to be preserved Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. It isn’t often in this age of McMansions and Starchitects that historic low-story buildings can be...

huldra

The realer than real tale of the huldra

Or: How a loving grandfather accidentally commissioned an 8-foot foam creature Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska Once there was a grandfather who loved his little granddaughter with all his heart. She had red hair and...

garden cities - Ullevål Hageby

Norway’s own home: Garden Cities

Signs of the 19th-century urban-rural housing phenomenon still mark Norwegian cities M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway At the age of 21 in 1871, London-born Ebenezer Howard left England to take up farming as an...

Randi Millman-Brown - photocopy of German file from 1941

The Search for Thor

Twenty down; 4,837 to go by Randi Millman-Brown Thor Jensen, 36, moves from Oslo to Hammerfest. He is promoted to bank manager, becomes engaged, and takes a one-month hiking trip through occupied Finnmark in...

17.de Mai in Brooklyn

Ups and downs of 17. mai in Brooklyn

Through the Depression, WWII, and more, Norwegian Americans mark Grunnlovsdagen Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Norwegian-American festivities tend to happen in clusters, grouped around red-letter days: May for Syttende Mai, June for Midsummer, October for...