I visited the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum located on West Water
Street in Decorah, Iowa. The name “Vesterheim” means
“western home;” it was how Norwegian immigrants referred to America at that time. The museum is said to be one of the most comprehensive
in the country that is dedicated to a single immigrant populace. I toured the main building, including
two galleries located on the second floor (Granrud Gallery: Glass, China, and Metal and the Smaby-Hagen Gallery: Wood and its Decoration).
You couldn’t miss seeing the big ship (called the “Trade Wind”) that is positioned in the middle
of the open section. After that, I joined the guided tour of historic Norwegian structures (including the
Lutheran Church and the Stone Mill) located on the museum’s grounds.
From there, I walked along Water Street
and saw Ruby’s Restaurant (which serves Norwegian delicacies) and the Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association.
|Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.