Decorah, IOWA— The Chicago Area Friends of Vesterheim are pleased to host a Nordic Marketplace and Luncheon to benefit Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, in Decorah, Iowa. The event will be held on Saturday, March 20, at the Park Ridge Country Club, Park Ridge, Illinois.
The marketplace opens at 9:30 a.m., and there will plenty of Norsk merchandise, including Dale sweaters, rosemaling, acanthus woodcarving, and genealogy materials. Accomplished artisans working in the Scandinavian tradition will demonstrate rosemaling and woodworking. The luncheon, which begins at 12:30 p.m., will feature a delectable menu. There will also be a silent auction and raffle drawing.
Everyone is cordially invited to meet the Honorary Consul General in Chicago Paul S. Anderson, who will give a special greeting. Vesterheim’s Executive Director Steven Johnson will also be on hand.
Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is limited. Advanced reservations are necessary and should be made by March 15. For further information, please contact Vesterheim at 563-382-9681, eMail: email@example.com, or check the museum’s website at www.vesterheim.org.
Proceeds of the event will benefit future editions of Vesterheim’s outstanding magazine “Vesterheim.” The museum uses the story of Norwegian Americans to explore aspects of identity and culture common to everyone. Vesterheim cares for over 24,000 artifacts, among which are some of the most outstanding examples of decorative and folk art to be seen in this country. Founded in 1877, Vesterheim is one of the oldest and most comprehensive museum in the United States dedicated to a single immigrant group. This national treasure includes a main complex of 16 historic buildings in downtown Decorah, and an immigrant farmstead and prairie church just outside the city. “Vesterheim” magazine helps make the museum collections and Norwegian-American heritage accessible to larger groups of people.
From May 1 – Oct. 31, Vesterheim is open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with hours extended until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. From Nov. 1 – April 30, Vesterheim is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with hours extended until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and is closed Monday. For more information on the museum’s exhibits, activities, and membership opportunities, consult Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 523 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.