Category: Norwegian Heritage

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...

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“Sons of old Norway owned the town”

Norwegians celebrated Cynthia Elyce Rubin The Norwegian American “Norwegians Celebrated” ran the bold headline in the evening edition of the Fargo Forum dated May 17, 1904. Thousands of visitors from all over the region...

Quisling is executed

The making of a Norwegian traitor

Part four of four: Quisling is executed, but his name lives on in infamy Alianna Boszhardt Washington During the Nazi invasion of Norway, Quisling seized upon the confusion and broadcast his plan for cooperation...

Madison Leiren

Norway inspires 17de Mai runway show

A fashion flight of fantasy Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American Sweet, down-to-earth, and demure, fashion designer Madison Leiren is the opposite of the “devil who wears Prada.” Recently, I had the pleasure of...