Nordic Events in Twin Cities Metro Area

picture of Eidem Farm

Eidem Farm

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00pm
Norway House
913 E Franklin Ave,
Minneapolis, MN.

We can't travel to the farm so the farm is coming to us in a trunk with a storyteller.

In May of 1894, John J. Eidem, Jr. and his wife, Electa, bought 39 acres, including the house, barn and granary, for about $80 an acre. They worked the farm until 1956, raising potatoes and other crops.

Two sons, Arthur and Leland, grew up on the homestead. In 1918 the property known as the East Farm was sold to Archie and Leland Eidem. Electa died in 1950, and John Jr. in 1956. The Eidem grandchildren rented out the house until it was sold

The Eidem family celebrated many Norwegian traditions which the speaker will share.

picture of GRACE NOTES Trio

GRACE NOTES Trio

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00pm
Norway House
913 E Franklin Ave,
Minneapolis, MN.

Music and humor that will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart! These three women are filled with energy and enthusiasm-they make your heart want to sing even if you're not blessed with a singing voice.

Don't miss this fun event.

picture of Last Kings

Last Kings

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00pm
Norway House
913 E Franklin Ave,
Minneapolis, MN.

"Epic in scope, insightful, imaginative, venturesome, and provocative- if this groundbreaking book about the Norse in America before Colombus does not cause a paradigm shift in your thinking, you need to check your pulse." - Herbert R. Cederberg, PH.D., Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin.

Janey Westin and her father, Bob Johnson wrote a book entitled, "The Last Kings of Norse America, Runestone Keys to a Lost Empire." Janey will discuss a rigorous translation of the 1362 memorial poem inscribed on the Spirit Pond runestone, found on the coast of Maine in 1971.

This translation climaxed a decade of historical investigations in which they address a 450 year gap in North American history between the 1492 voyage of Columbus and the Vinland voyages of Leif Eriksson and Thorfinn Karlsefni shortly after 1000 ad.

After the Vinland voyages the Greenlanders developed a lucrative trade in North American furs, marketed in Norway and taxed by the king. But after 1300 a cooling climate caused the Greenland merchants to migrate to North America and the trade died.

To regain the trade and expand his empire, in 1356 King Magnus of Norway and Sweden sent his son, young King Haakon VI, on an expedition to North America with Commander Paul Knutson. The inscriptions on the Spirit Pond and Kensington runestones enable the authors to reconstruct the fascinating story of Magnus and his expedition, more than a century before Columbus left the shores of Spain.