Tucson Norse Federation to host Speaker from Vesterheim Museumby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Feb. 07, 2013, under Press Releases
The February meeting of the Tucson chapter of Norwegians
Worldwide will be on Sunday, February 17th, 2013, at 2:00 PM at Dove
of Peace Lutheran Church located at 664 West Roller Coaster Road (Oracle and
Roller Coaster). Our guest speaker will
be Steve Grinna, Director of Development at Vesterheim in Decorah, Iowa.
Vesterheim, a Norwegian-American Museum, is an independent
not-for-profit organization and the most comprehensive museum in the United
States dedicated to a single immigration group – Norwegians. Norwegian
immigrants would write back to their families in Norway and tell about Vesterheim, their western home. More than just a museum, Vesterheim is a
cultural center dedicated to preserving Norwegian traditions by offering
various classes in Norwegian folk art, including rosemaling, woodcarving,
woodworking, kinfemaking and various textile arts. There are also special
programs for pre-school, elementary, secondary, college students, and adults.
Vesterheim, founded in 1877, houses over 24,000 artifacts, including
various samples from the fine, decorative, and folk arts. It also displays the tools and machinery of
early agriculture, lumbering, and other immigrant industries. Vesterheim
includes 16 historic buildings in downtown Decorah, an immigrant farmstead, and
a prairie church just outside the city of Decorah. The stories of the people who settled this
nation are spoken through the objects they left behind documenting their
chapter of the immigrant story.
We welcome all interested individuals to this educational
For more information on this event or Norwegians Worldwide
of Tucson please visit our website at www.norse-tucson.org.
Submitted by LuAnn Sjursen