Reversing Cleng Peerson’s migration

Americans prepare to celebrate Norwegian-American history at Tysvær’s Midsummer Festival Molly Jones The Norwegian American Almost two centuries ago, 52 brave men, women, and children boarded the 54-foot sloop Restauration in Stavanger on July 4, 1825, ready to make the treacherous journey across the Atlantic and become the first group of Norwegians to emigrate to America. Leading the Sloopers, as they were called, was a man named Cleng Peerson. Born in 1783 in Tysvær, located between Bergen and Stavanger on Norway’s west coast, Peerson went on to establish three Norwegian settlements in the United States: one by Lake Ontario in Kendall County in
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