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.

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

Come for a Brown Bag Lunch as Jane Peck shares a one-woman performance/lecture, “Votes for Women, Ja!.” Bring your own lunch to the museum’s Amdal-Odland Heritage Center from noon to 1:00 p.m. and enjoy this history of the women’s suffrage movement in the Midwest. Coffee and water will be provided.

During the presentation, Peck will use period dance, slides, acting, and monologue to trace the pivotal contributions of Norwegian immigrant suffragists in the Midwest through the example of her own female Norwegian ancestors. Peck will introduce visitors to the development of feminine power and the organizational skills of Nordic grandmothers.

“Their contribution was crucial in Minnesota’s fight for suffrage and other social needs,” Peck says. “This is a unique chapter that is seldom discussed and these stories lift the lid off the quiet Nordic grandma image!” she added.

Peck is a choreographer, historian, and professor, who has given this 35-minute presentation for various groups throughout the Midwest, inspiring discussion about gender activism. She is adjunct faculty in dance at Winona State University, an independent artist, and director of Dance Revels Moving History, which has performed across the Midwest. 

December 4, 2014

Activity to be announced.