Free First Thursdays

The first Thursday of every month Vesterheim offers free admission to the museum and a special event. Check back for future scheduled events.

August 7, 2014

In collaboration with the Oneota Film Festival and the Norwegian Film Institute, Vesterheim presents the film “People By the Fjord” at 2:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the museum’s Amdal-Odland Heritage Center.

This warm documentary is about the value of traditional ways of life. This film focuses on Norwegian west coast culture, where people interact closely with the land and fjord that surrounds them. Run time is 61 minutes. This film covers the traditional way of life in Norway, which ties in perfectly with immigration stories we share with visitors every day at Vesterheim.

September 4, 2014

Vesterheim welcomes storyteller Jane Nichols, who will give a presentation on Norse myths and Viking lore in the museum’s Amdal-Odland Heritage Cente at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Exploring myths and the Viking language legacy that we still use can be a fun way to connect with Nordic heritage. Nichols, also known as “Lady Fiona,” has been giving variations of the presentation on Norse myth since 1992 at a variety of venues, including libraries, colleges, and the Danish Brotherhood. Nichols’s presentation cover the days of the week, since we got those from the Norse gods, as well as words like “weird,” “berserk,” and “brag,” and much more. We are delighted to have "Lady Fiona" visit Vesterheim.

October 2, 2014

The Significance of Ole Rølvaag for Today, a presentation by Glenn Borreson at 1:30 p.m. in the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center.

November 6, 2014

Activity to be announced.

December 4, 2014

Activity to be announced.