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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Immigrant Stories for “Red River Girl”

February 1 - March 17

Norway House wants to include your family’s immigrant stories and family artifacts in their upcoming exhibit, “Red River Girl.”

The exhibit, in partnership with the Vest-Telemark Museum in Norway and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, MN, tells a story of emigration from Norway to the United States by some of the earliest settlers in Clay County, MN. Unique to this story is Orabel—the daughter of Levi, son of Olav Gunnarson and Tone Leivsdotter Songedal who founded the Thortvedt family farm in Clay County when they all emigrated in the mid-19th century. Orabel, along with her father, becomes among the first established historians in Clay County, Minnesota. They recorded the history of the community and the story of their family’s immigration to the United States through their own drawings, photographs, letters, and journals—in addition to an illustrated history through the sketches and paintings of Orabel Thortvedt.

Our family’s stories help tell the history of who we are and who we might become. Norway House was built by a community of Norwegian immigrants who thrived in Minneapolis. They are now part of an ever-growing community of immigrants and Native peoples living together on the same soil.

A key part of this new exhibit at Norway House will be the integration of your immigration stories. So, they’re seeking stories from your family history. They can be old or more recent; happy or difficult; emigration to another country or immigration to America. If your ancestors are native to this area and have stories about immigration, share them! All stories, whether coming from Norway and the Nordics or around the world, will be selected and shared.

Submit your stories here.


Norway House
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