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Gifts from Norway

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Art Performances & Education Calendar

The focus of “Gifts from Norway” will be spectacular examples of folk art that were sent to Vesterheim in the 1920s and 1930s as gifts from Norwegian museums. A message that came with the objects read, “May these objects work so that the Norwegian-ness in you will not die too soon, and the connection with the homeland will because of this be tighter.”  Gilbertson will give details about this generous gift of more than 400 artifacts in wood, wool, silver, and iron.

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Vesterheim Museum
502 W Water St
Decorah, IA 52101

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These two public presentations are also part of Vesterheim’s guide training series for volunteers. “Tour guides at Vesterheim engage with the museum’s many visitors, sharing the rich stories of the living heritage of Norwegian immigrants to America,” says Griesheimer. She emphasized that “the information in these presentations is great background for our volunteers, and it will also be of interest to members of the community who want to become more familiar with Vesterheim.”
            More information about the guide training series will be available at the lectures, or upon request. Contact Martha Griesheimer at Vesterheim, 563-382-9681, x 305 or
            Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, in scenic Decorah, Iowa, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and explores the American immigrant experience. This national treasure includes world-class exhibitions and 12 historic buildings. It is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379