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Decorah, IA.

August, 2012

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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.

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Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.

 

 

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