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ONLINE: Virtual History Course

23 January, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am


The Sons of Norway District 5 Norwegian-American virtual history course, “Norwegian-American Settlement in IL, MI and WI” will start with sessions offered on Saturday, January 23 (9:00-10:30 AM CST) and Monday, January 25 (6:30-8:00 PM CST). The course will be 16 weeks long.

Weeks 1–3 will be an introduction to Norwegian-American history in the D5 area.
Weeks 4–14 will be a book club format, with readings and discussion on the three books and a DVD which will be used for the course.
Weeks 15–16 will be short participant presentations on topics they chose for the course.

An example of a participant project might be doing local Norwegian-American history research to provide community and lifestyle background for a family genealogy project.

The virtual class will be offered on Zoom and recorded.

Faculty include:
Bill Injerd, historian of The Slooper Society
Kirk Mies, vice president of The Slooper Society
Dave Johnson, president of the Norske Museum in Norway, Illinois
Dana Kelly, executive director of the Norwegian-American Genealogy Center
Mike Palecek, editor/author of The First Norwegian Settlements in America

To get the most out of this course, we recommend that participants purchase the following books ($99 w/tax and shipping) and begin reading them ASAP:
The First Norwegian Settlements in America; Palecek, Mike (ed.)
History of the Norwegian Settlements; Holand, H.R.
Sons of the Old Country; Ager, Waldemar
Kaskaland DVD (Koshkonong Prairie Historical Society)

The faculty believe that these books are very accessible reading which gives the beginning historian a very good overall background about Norwegian-American history from early settlement through 1880. It is a great Christmas gift for yourself or someone you want to share Norwegian-American history with.

More information including registration is available on the Sons of Norway District 5 website.


23 January, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Sons of Norway
(612) 827-3611
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