May 17, 2022
Mindekirken's Response during WWII

 Presented by: Gracia Grindal

Tuesday Open House Program May 17, 2022

May 3, 2022   Centennial Interviews

Video recording of conversations about growing up at Mindekirken with long-time members Irene Vigtel Hegge and John Dalland.

Followed by live interview of John Dalland with Gunnar Kristiansen.


 April 26, 2022   
Presentation: The Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA)'s New Vision

Presenter: Amy Boxrud



April 19, 2022   
Norwegian-American Innovators and Inventors

 Presented by: Laurann Gilbertson, of Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa

Vesterheim's exhibition, "Innovators & Inventors," shares the stories of problem solvers and creative thinkers in the Norwegian-American community and highlights the many inventions. There are several “firsts” featured, like the outboard motor, gasoline pump, wearable pacemaker, airport jetway, and pizza delivery bag. There are also examples of how existing ideas and products were improved and expanded. Other stories focus on women innovators, the art of innovation, and inventions that we can’t live without. In this presentation, enjoy the stories behind the “firsts” and some of the products you use every day. All invented with the hopes of making our world a better place. Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, is located in Decorah, Iowa. Laurann Gilbertson is the Chief Curator there. Among her duties are overseeing the collection of more than 30,000 artifacts, creating exhibitions, and leading Textile Study Tours to Norway.

Tuesday Open House Program April 19, 2022  Video is no longer available (June 2022)


April 12, 2022     Runestone! A Rock Musical 
 Presented by: Mark Jensen

Kensington native and playwright, Mark Jensen, of New Hope will speak about all the research he did for the musical  he developed entitled, "Runestone! A Rock Musical." The runestone found in 1898 on the Olof Ohman farm,  northeast of Kensington, MN, has been controversial from its discovery. The musical centers on Olof Ohman and his family as they grapple with accusations that Olof carved the runes as a hoax.

Mark is writing the book and lyrics, and Gary Rue is composing the music and writing additional lyrics. Runestone! A Rock Musical will open in May 2022 at the History Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Audio files: Here are the audio files that were not conveyed during the Zoom presentation so are not in the video recording. 
Play these when you get to the place where they are missing.
First audio: The Gran Tape
Second audio: Edward Ohman Interview  

TOH Zoom Recording 04-12-2022 Runestone! A Rock Musical by Mark Jensen

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