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ONLINE: Ski Jumping Memories: Stories from the Nordic American Voices Oral History Program
April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
“A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom.”—Warren Miller
Nordic ski jumping was a popular pastime in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the twentieth century, combining the daring of downhill skiing with the beauty of the area’s winter wonderland.
The National Nordic Museum interviewed a number of former Nordic ski jumpers between 2010 and 2018 as part of its oral history program. They’ll share highlights from a number of interviews, including interivews with Asbjorn (Ozzie) Nordheim, Bjorn Gjolmesli, Gus Raaum, and Jan Kiaer, to highlight the dangers and delights of this sport. Also featured in this presentation are interviews with Hans Ulland (son of jumper Olav Ulland and cousin of jumper Ragnar Ulland), and Louis Larsen and Leif Eie, who both worked at Seattle Center at the time of the famous “coliseum jump.”
The Nordic American Voices (NAV) oral history program is one of several programs offered by the National Nordic Museum that documents the stories and history of Nordics and Nordic Americans, including those of mixed heritage. Since 1980, the oral history archive has recorded more than 900 oral history interviews captured on a variety of media, from audio tape to digital video. Many of these can be found along with their full transcripts in the Museum’s online collections portal, with new oral histories continuing to be added regularly.
Cost: Free; RSVP here to receive the event link.