2024-08-25 – Building a Grind Building and Its Life: A Center of Experiential Archeology on a College Campus (Webinar)



August 25 (1:00 pm-2:00 pm CT)


Owen Christianson and Heidi Sherman


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 

Join us for an afternoon of learning about the "Viking House" on the campus of University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Our presenters will be Owen Christianson, who built the original version of the Grindbuilding, and Heidi Sherman, who as a professor at the University was the driving force to getting the Grind Building on campus. They also wrote a book together about the experience, which is available through Vesterheim Museum Store here.

The Christiansons built this Norwegian timber-framed house in 2011 on their land near the village of Stratford, Wisconsin. They built the house based on careful research of Viking-Age building traditions in Norway. Their dream was to use the house for both reenactment and educational purposes.

In 2017, members from Professor Heidi Sherman’s capstone class spent three days with the Christiansons, carefully disassembling and numbering each piece of the house. They then reconstructed it on the Green Bay campus.

Come learn about the work that went into the building moving and maintaining this living piece of history from the two who helped make it a reality for everyone to get a chance to experience.


Students will need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.


Special Instructions:  

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the mailing and email addresses you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward the kit and all communications.

Enrollment Deadline: 

August 10, 2024

Click here to learn more about instructor Heidi Sherman.

Click here to learn more about instructor Owen Christianson .

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