Grand Opening, Friday, September 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm (at the Ager House)
“An Immigrant Looks Back on Some of the
High Points of his Early Years as an American”
a talk by Jan Hansen
Professor Emeritus (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Jan Hansen, will talk about his journey to America. At 14 years of age, in 1950, Hansen was on the brink of a great adventure to a new land and a new life, a 7-day trip that in the 19th century took earlier generations of emigrants about 60 days of uncomfortable sailing.
Like the west coast Norwegians from Sletta, who are featured in the exhibit, Hansen left Ålesund, Norway, a town north of Bergen and also on the west coast. He and his family landed in New York City, later settling in Chicago. He took his bachelor’s degree at St. Olaf College and completed his PhD at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Hansen taught economics at Capital University, Ohio, and at UW-Eau Claire.
Lecture by Odd Lovoll, Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm (at CVM)
Who: Professor Emeritus (St. Olaf College), Odd Lovoll. Lovoll is author of Norwegians on the Prairie: Ethnicity and the Development of the Country Town (2007).
What: "Norwegian Immigration: The Canadian Interlude, 1850 – 1875"
During the interlude, Quebec City replaced New York as the destination for most Norwegian immigrants to North America. Although many Norwegians made their way from Quebec City to Wisconsin, the talk will concentrate on the crossing, the growth of the Norwegian sailing fleet, efforts by Canadian authorities to get Norwegians to settle in Canada, and the Norwegian settlements there.
As a social historian, Lovoll notes that he is interested in the stories of individuals, an emphasis that complements the experiences of 12 Norwegian immigrants who are featured in the audio-visual exhibit “Between Coasts,” opening at the Waldemar Ager House at 514 W. Madison St, Eau Claire, WI, on Friday, September 13.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Where: Community Room, Chippewa Valley Museum, in Carson Park, Eau Claire, WI
When: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Following the Talk: A reception at the Ager House,
including a chance to view “Between Coasts.”
(The $5.00 admission fee is waived for those attending the Lovoll lecture.)