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Linked Histories: Norwegian Immigrants & Indigenous Peoples in Minnesota

August 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA) and Norway House as we explore the relationships and interactions between settlers and Indigenous peoples of Minnesota. Experts in Norwegian-American and Native-American history will discuss the circumstances that brought settlers to claim land in Minnesota—first in Houston County and later in the Red River Valley.

The presentations emerge in the context of the Norway House exhibit and book, “Red River Girl,” by Orabel Thortvedt. Born in the Red River Valley in 1896, Orabel devoted her life to retelling and illustrating the migration of multiple families from Telemark (in Norway) to Minnesota in 1861. Led by her grandfather, these immigrants first settled in Houston County, but in 1870 journeyed north to the Red River Valley when more promising lands there “opened” to settlement. The “opening” of land is made possible by treaties with Indigenous peoples in Minnesota in the wake of the US-Dakota War 1862-63. The two presentations illuminate the linked histories in the state.

More information and registration can be found on the Norway House website.


August 4
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Norway House
(612) 871-2211
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Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States
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