David Amdahl is the son of a Norwegian immigrant. His father, Olaf came from the Stavanger area to North Central Iowa in 1927. He and his wife Jill are also the parents of an emigrant as their daughter, Staci, moved to Norway in 2008. Staci now lives with her husband Espen, and daughters, Ariel and Harley, near Trondheim.
The Gold Run, How Norway’s Gold Reserves Were Saved from the Nazis: The largely unknown tale of how fifty tons of gold was spirited away from the invading German army. It involved amazing planning, courageous execution and considerable luck, but no children with sleds as related in a charming but inaccurate children’s story!
Elizabeth “Elsebet” Curtiss and Gina Moorhead
Elizabeth "Elsebet" Curtiss has spent most of her life learning about, teaching, and living the Norwegian language and culture. At 11, she started attending Skogfjorden, Concordia´s Norwegian Language Village, and has now been on staff for 20 years. In addition to summers at Skogfjorden, Elizabeth has also taught Norwegian online and in person, in the states and in Norway. A year ago, Elizabeth was approached by Ingvill Kaasin, the original owner of Hovden Formal Farm Wear. She was looking to move back to Norway and asked if Elizabeth and her sister, Gina, would be interested in taking over. This opportunity felt like the right thing at the right time and has been a fantastic way for Elizabeth to continue to explore, share, and build upon her Scandinavian heritage.
We look forward to hearing from Norway House Executive Director Christina Carleton! Christina Carleton, Executive Director of Norway House, will inform our membership of Norway House’s current initiatives, as well as its future goals and exciting expansion.
The February 5, 2022 meeting of Lakselaget will be moved to a virtual format, beginning at 12:00 PM.
After an encouraging fall, when we were able to gather for lunch and fellowship, we have made the decision to move to a virtual meeting in February due to rising COVID numbers. There is no need to register for this event - just log into the meeting at 12:00 on February 5. I will send an update prior to the meeting with the Zoom information.
As a reminder, our February speaker will be Amy Boxrud, Executive Director, Norwegian American Historical Association (NAHA):
Amy is responsible for the daily operations of the association, in addition to leading the organization’s development, communications, and membership efforts. Prior to her work with NAHA, she gained 25 years of experience working in the fields of publishing, communications, and nonprofit management. Amy is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where she studied English and Norwegian. If her free time, she enjoys Nordic folk fiddling, volunteers on the board of a local nonprofit makerspace, and is pursuing a M.A. in public history.
For our February meeting, Amy will be speaking on the topic of "Thinking outside the (archival) box: Discovering women's history with NAHA.
Sylvsmidja is Norway’s´ leading manufacturer of Bunad Silver, jewelry for the Norwegian National Costume. The company is rooted in long traditions of high-quality handcraft. For more than 80 years the craftsmen have perfected the workmanship and discovered the secrets of making the Bunad Silver that will last for generations. These skilled silver- and goldsmiths have the comprehensive experience and broad knowledge of the history and traditions necessary to make authentic Bunad Silver for all regions of Norway.
Our March speakers will include Anders Fagerthun, master goldsmith, and Anne Kari J. Salbu, 3rd generation owner and head of Sylvsmidjas’s export project.
They will share a presentation on:
Members are invited to bring their sølje pieces for evaluation. Cleaning demonstrations will also take place. Please watch for a follow up email to make a reservation for a time slot to have your jewelry evaluated.
SHARING THE HISTORY
Reminder that this is our meeting to include our male guests or female guests.