Category: Norwegian Heritage

stave churches

The mystery of stave churches

Seeing inside makes all the difference Eric Stavney Mukilteo, Wash. As my daughter and I put the spire on the top roof of our second cardboard stave church, a 1/87 scale model (for model...

Warburg Bani

The Search for Thor

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 1941. By the end of...

Gulbrand and Svend immigrate to Chicago

Mary Jo Thorsheim Norway Art Gulbrand Sether (1860-1941) and Rasmussen Svendsen (1864-1945) were prominent Norwegian-American artists who immigrated to Chicago. Sether was born in Nittedal, Norway, and Svendsen in Elverum. Sether immigrated in 1893...

The American dream of Norway

Part 8: Gabriela Capestany Ingerid Jordal Odda, Norway Our ancestors came to America to give their families a better life. Now young Norwegian Americans dream of the old country. This series of interviews was...

Ellis Island

The New York connection

Norwegian immigration Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Norwegians have been immigrating to New York ever since it was known as New Amsterdam and were an integral part of the early colony. Among the very first...

Norsk Høstfest 2019

Norsk Høstfest 2019

Music, lutefisk, and a lot of fun! Nate Axvig Denver, Colo. I have just returned from my first Høstfest in Minot, N.D., and it was quite an experience. For those who have never made...

Sekkenskoleskorps

Molde bands and culture school alive

Sekken skolekorps celebrates its 40th anniversary Patricia Barry Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Sekken is an idyllic island in Romsdalsfjord, a 40-minute ferry ride from Molde in Møre og Romsdal. Seven square miles with less than...

The American dream of Norway

Part 7: Siri Dammarell Brekkaa Ingerid Jordal Odda, Norway Our ancestors came to America to give their families a better life. Now young Norwegian Americans dream of the old country. This series of interviews was...

Birkedal - Bronze Age ship

Welcome to Bronze Age Scandinavia

In this third installment we look at the ships that made trading and raiding possible Terje Birkedal Laguna Woods, Calif. As we learned in earlier installments in this series (Feb. 8: www.norwegianamerican.com/heritage/birkedal-bronze-age-scandinavia-01 and April...