Category: Norwegian Heritage

Heroes on skis

The story of Claus Helberg and the sabotage at Vemork Michael Kleiner The Norwegian American Many Americans know the story of the Norwegian band of saboteurs who blew up the Vemork heavy water plant...

Boats are alive

A 1941 Norwegian spissgatter sailboat lovingly restored in Bellingham, Wash. Andy Meyer The Norwegian American “Boats are alive,” George Boggs said to me as we sat aboard Trine, the Norwegian spissgatter he spent five...

Chasing away Christmas with old customs

Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. I love that Norway savors the yuletide season, beginning with Advent calendars, stars, and wreaths. And for Norwegians, the holidays are not over right after Christmas but extend well into...

Kay Skaftun

In loving memory: Kay Skaftun

From Kansas to the Emerald City to over the rainbow Catherine Ann Skaftun, known as Kay, died on Dec. 10, 2019, at age 73, while vacationing on Maui. I wish I could report that...

Andreas Stassivik

The American dream of Norway

Andreas Stassivik Ingerid Jordal Odda, Norway Andreas Stassivik is thinking about the future. He is thinking of Norway. Thirty-two years ago he was baptized Andrew Nelson, but as a 29-year-old, he changed his name...