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Norwegian Emigration: Between Rocks and Hard Places by Ann Urness Gesme
Gesme shares her research detailing customs and conditions in the lives of rural Norwegians as they began to consider emigration in the 1800s. With this information, readers can gain logical and credible insight into the daily lives of Norwegian ancestors. This...
Nordic Fest: 50 Years Strong by Dawn Svenson Holland
Researched and written by Dawn Svenson Holland. The Nordic Fest 50th anniversary book celebrates the beautiful story of this uniquely nonprofit, noncommercial special event held the last weekend of July in Decorah, Iowa. The book includes 22 chapters and a...
Kristine, Finding Home: Norway to America by Aleta Chossek
Kristine, Finding Home: Norway to America is the story of Kristine Kristiansen Hjelmeland, a young woman born and raised in Forde, Norway, and her journey from sheltered maiden aunt, to mother, to leader within her new American community. Her captivating...
Marking Time: The Primstav Murals of Sigmund Aarseth by Kathleen Stokker
With a lively text by Kathleen Stokker, this lavishly illustrated guide to Sigmund Aarseth's vibrant primstav (calendar stick) murals in Vesterheim's Amdal-Odland Heritage Center is a color compendium of Norwegian folklore as well as a study of a contemporary folk-art...
Vesterheim Samplings from the Collection
Introduction to the history and collections of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, a national treasure that showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts. Lavishly illustrated with both black and white and full-color photographs. Softcover, 34 pp.
Ole Goes To War: Men from Norway Who Fought in America's Civil War by Jerry Rosholt
Many Norwegian immigrants came to the United States to form the Wisconsin 15th Regiment and fight in the Civil War. Through historical photographs and the soldiers own words, this book vividly brings to life the human dimension of this pivotal moment...
Sámi – Publication of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
Featuring articles about the Sámi, the indigenous people of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Authors include Nathan Muus, Scott M. Williams, Faith Fjeld, J.R. Christianson, and Svein Ludvigsen. Muus and Fjeld were two of the guest...
The Princess and the Boat Boy, Heroes of the Primstav by Lucy Tokheim
Lucy is bringing out her first comic book! It is her retelling of the legend of St. Sunniva, the first patron saint of Norway. The Norwegian primstav calendar also made its way into this entirely hand-drawn story. 36 pages, black...
Vesterheim Magazine Vol. 20, No. 2 2022- Traditional Tunes Today
Vesterheim is published twice a year, featuring in-depth articles focusing on the museum's priceless collections of artifacts, Norwegian-American history and culture, and up-to-date information on all museum events, classes, tours, and education opportunities. The magazine is a benefit to Vesterheim...
A Frog in the Fjord: One Year in Norway by Lorelou Desjardins
Norwegians are the happiest people in the world, but can anyone else be happy in Norway? Lorelou, a French woman in her mid-20s from Provence region gets a job in Oslo, Norway. She is not too inspired by this Arctic...
North of Skarv Island by Karl S. Wikstrom
Edited by Signe M. Carson. This book recounts a trading adventure in 1805 between Norwegians from Ranafjord, south of the Arctic Circle, and nomadic Såmi people summering with their reindeer on a treeless island off the coast of Norway. This book...
Counterfeiter: How A Norwegian Jew Survived The Holocaust by
This is an enthralling personal account of the secret Nazi project, Operation Bernhard, devised to destabilize the British and, later, American economies by creating and putting into circulation millions of counterfeit banknotes. A team of typographers and printers was pulled...
Proverbs from the North: Words of Wisdom from the Vikings
Joanne Asala translates this collection of sayings from ancient myths, originally written over a thousand years ago and said to be given by Odin, father of the Norse Gods. The words give a clear picture of the heroic ethics, warrior code,...
Viking Art (World of Art) by James Graham-Campbell
Updated to reflect recent archaeological discoveries and overflowing with color illustrations, this book is the definitive introduction to the art of the Viking Age. The Viking Age in Europe lasted from the time of the first major Viking expeditions in...
Weird Tales from Northern Seas: Norwegian Legends by Jonas Lie
Weird tales, wild seas! Originally printed in 1893, this second printing of a classic collection of legends transports the reader to a strange, salty world of maelstroms and maleficent spirits, boat builders, and dream-wreckers. Illustrations by Laurence Housman and translated by...
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