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Kroneklubben

In 2000, Vesterheim launched Kroneklubben or “Crown Club” for recognizing our most generous and devoted donors. This special recognition acknowledges accumulated lifetime gifts and is essential for helping us achieve our mission. Membership in Kroneklubben is a high honor starting at $10,000 up to $29,999 for the pewter level, followed by bronze at $30,000-99,999, next is silver with a range from $100,000-499,999, then gold at $500,000-999,000, and ultimately platinum for lifetime gifts of $1,000,000 and more.

The crown illustrated on the Kronekluben award is a part of the Vesterheim collection. It helps to tell the story of living Norwegian-American heritage that Vesterheim embodies. Bridal crowns were treasures of a Norwegian community, shared by all for marking special occasions. Crowns, like this one from Trondheim, were keepsakes, used to literally and symbolically pass along traditions. Crowns connected generations: as an older woman placed the bridal crown on the head of a young woman, she linked generations, and members of the community, in a celebration of that heritage and tradition.

Vesterheim chose this bridal crown, drawn and interpreted by Norwegian-American artist Elisabeth Maurland, to be a symbol for its Kroneklubben. For us too, the crown represents the ties that bind us as a community, linking us to each other and to those that come before and after us. Your gifts to Vesterheim enable the museum to sustain this mission, to share a cultural legacy, for years to come.

Just as the bridal crown is passed from one generation to another within a community, your support ensures that Vesterheim keeps its stories alive for tomorrow’s generations. We invite you to consider a gift or pledge to become a part of this prestigious group.

Kroneklubben Members

PLATINUM ($1,000,000 +)

  • Dan F. and Bonnie J.* Huebner
  • Trygve Lønnebotn

GOLD ($500,000 - $999,000)

  • J. Harry and Josefa H. Andersen*
  • Owen Bekkum
  • Donna Danielson Estate
  • Charles Gulbransen*
  • James A. and Elaine Halls
  • Luther College
  • Marion* and Lila Nelson
  • The Government and People of Norway
  • Ruth Wamstad Estate
  • Barbara M. Westby*

SILVER ($100,000 - $499,000)

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous*
  • Kenn R. Barry*
  • Gertrude H. Berg*
  • Duane and Eileen Bruening
  • Bryant Foundation
  • Brenda and David Carlson
  • Decorah Bank & Trust Co.
  • Amanda F. Duff*
  • Mary Embertson*
  • Evelyn Evenson*
  • Jon and Mary Hart
  • Helen M. Heitmann*
  • Edwin R. And Joan T. Hemphill*
  • Harriet M. Hustvedt*
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
  • John A. Johnson Foundation
  • John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation
  • Wayne and Dorothy Johnson
  • Dean E.* and Marilynn Amdal Madden
  • Herbert C. Madison*
  • Helena Naef*
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Alyce I. Neetzel*
  • Betty R. and David T.* Nelson
  • Dr. Eugene J. Nordby
  • Nordic Brunch
  • H. Signe Ostby and Scott Cook
  • Hamlet and Suzanne Peterson
  • Anna Rosendahl*
  • Harold Segelstad
  • Robert and Rebecca Shaw
  • State Historical Society of Iowa Grants Office
  • Louise and Leland Sundet
  • Sundet Foundation
  • Helen (Molly) Sverdrup*
  • John W. Thompson
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (formerly Lutheran Brotherhood & Aid Association for Lutherans)
  • Vision Iowa / Iowa Department of Economic Development
  • Ruth Wickney*
  • Marwin* and June Wrolstad

BRONZE ($30,000 - $99,999)

  • Evy and Robert A. Alsaker
  • Dr. Alf Altern*
  • American-Scandinavian Foundation
  • Anonymous*
  • A.N. Arntzen
  • Bank of the West
  • Helen Basler
  • Gladys Bertsch
  • Eileen Borchers*
  • Borgen Family Foundation
  • Bryant Foundation
  • John and Veronna Capone
  • Lyle and Jean Cary*
  • Chicago Friends of Vesterheim
  • Kenneth V. Dahl
  • Carlin Dahler*
  • Edith* and Edward Delman
  • Delman Mortenson Charitable Foundation
  • Sallie Haugen DeReus
  • Phil and Audrey Dybdahl
  • Joseph and Ione Ellis
  • Orton L. Enstad*
  • Lindsay and Karla Erdman
  • Lowell and Audrey* Erdman
  • Eric and Joan Norgaard Charitable Trust
  • Eugene J. Nordby and Olive M. Nordby Foundation
  • Featherlite, Inc.
  • Ella Ager Fossum
  • Fred Carlson Company, Inc.
  • G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation
  • GreenPoint Bank
  • Gundersen Health System
  • Hacker, Nelson & Co., P.C.
  • Glenn Haga*
  • Hagen & Kallevang P.C.
  • Richard and Diane Halom
  • Newman T. Halvorson
  • Marilyn H. Hansen
  • David J. Hardy
  • Richard C. and Joann (Harr) Hemp
  • Hal A. and Patricia G. Hetland
  • Humanities Iowa
  • Iowa Arts Council
  • Alvin A. Johnson*
  • Ruth Christine Johnson
  • Russell and Ingrid Keune
  • Lorin H. Klemesrud*
  • Larry and Gail Larson
  • Madison Friends of Vesterheim
  • Kate M. Martinson
  • Carl McConeghey*
  • David and Linda Brekke Mona
  • Milma Naeseth*
  • Irene and Harry* Navarre
  • David T. Nelson*
  • Glenn Nelson
  • Olive Nordby*
  • Neal R. and Gerry Nottleson
  • Mary Ann Olsen*
  • Karen Owen-Tuzcu
  • Sonja Peterson
  • Kate Nelson Rattenborg
  • Janice W. Relf*
  • Rochester Friends of Vesterheim
  • Jeff and Marilyn Roverud
  • Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
  • T. Eileen Russell
  • Robert and Elizabeth Sande
  • Tollef Sanderson*
  • Charlene and Gil* Schjeldahl
  • Michael and Diane Schmidt
  • Philip C. Smaby
  • Ingebor Husby Smith*
  • Ruth and Arne Sorenson
  • Dr. Robert F. Spier
  • Hazel T. Stoeckeler
  • C. Peter Strong
  • Daniel and Mary Ann Thurmer
  • Violette I. Twedt*
  • Ella Valborg Tweet*
  • Viking State Bank & Trust
  • Mike Voltmer
  • Mrs. G. H. Westby*
  • Dr. David W.* and Peg Wright
  • Harriet S. Wrolstad*
  • Marguerite Ylvisaker*

PEWTER ($10,000 - $29,999)

  • 99th Infantry Battalion
  • A & J Petersburg Agency
  • Marian R. Aaker
  • Mr. and Mrs. Maynard E.* Aaker
  • Alliant Energy Foundation, Inc.
  • American Car Club of Norway
  • Nancy E. Anderson*
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous, misc.
  • Jack and Ellie* Anundsen
  • Russell and Jean Ashbaugh, Jr.
  • Phyllis A. Askildsen*
  • Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company
  • Augsburg Publishing House
  • Ray Aune*
  • Joan M. Barager Estate
  • Helen Bruening Barbier
  • Dennis and Doris Barnaal
  • Marie Kleppe Barness*
  • The Bay and Paul Foundations
  • Naomi F. Bekkum
  • Bernice Rise Trust
  • Arley and Beverly Bjella*
  • Jackie Bjoin*
  • Mary J. and Gerald Boman
  • Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret
  • Michael J. Bovre
  • Ed and Mette Bowen
  • Brekke Tours and Travel
  • Kenneth M. and Eleanor A.* Brown
  • Keith B. and Amy Bruening
  • Bruening Rock Products, Inc.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Callaghan
  • Curtis L. Carlson*
  • Dr.* and Mrs. Harley Carlson
  • Helen Carlson*
  • Bill Cary
  • Casper Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
  • City of Decorah
  • Peter Coffeen
  • Karlyn N. Cross*
  • Clifford I. Cummings*
  • Dahl Family Foundation
  • Deco Products Company
  • Lois Drews
  • Mary M. Dunea
  • Janet Isabelle Dyck
  • Irving R. Eittreim*
  • Richard M. and Nancy L. Enstad
  • Erdman Engineering, P.C.
  • James and Joy Erickson
  • Kristine S. Erickson
  • Norman E. Erickson Estate
  • Ernest M. Espelie*
  • Evjue Foundation, Inc.
  • Janet B. Figg
  • Edward H. and Sandra Fish
  • E. T. and Marjery Fjelde
  • Richard H. and Vivian Fjeldheim
  • Sanford* and Wilma Fosholt
  • Ella Ager Fossum
  • David Frew
  • Else Bettum Friberg*
  • Helene M. Furst
  • Francis* and Geneice Gaasedelen
  • Gary and Miriam Gandrud
  • Helen Garnaas
  • General Mills Foundation
  • William N. Georgeson*
  • Dean and Ann Gesme
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Granum
  • Karen and James Gray
  • Barbara L. Greenfeldt
  • Larry and Diane Grimstad
  • Glen H. Gronlund
  • Gunnar A. Gundersen, M.D.
  • Lawrence R. Hafstad*
  • Newman T. Halvorson, Sr.*
  • Marilyn H. Hansen
  • Minnard H. Hanson
  • Karyne and C. Blaine* Harstad
  • Carol and Paul Hasvold
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roe H. Hatlen
  • Lawrence O. and Lois Hauge
  • Eva Haugen*
  • Haugen Living Trust
  • David and Kirsten Heine
  • Mr. and Mrs. Orrin L. Helstad
  • Barbara and Dale Henning
  • Darrell Henning and Terry Sparkes
  • Ann Highum
  • Martha Marie A. Hoghaug*
  • James M. and Susan R. Honsvall
  • Hotel Winneshiek
  • Hotel-Motel Tax
  • Robert and Arlene Houlihan
  • Ronald E. Hovda
  • Carrie Hovland*
  • Stanley and Helen Howe
  • Gertrude Husby
  • Joseph and Mary Husby
  • Pearl Husby
  • IBM Corporation
  • Connie Jacobson*
  • Jerry and Jo Sonja Jansen
  • Jay L. and Sandra O. Jensen
  • The John R. Cross Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation
  • Darold E. and Carol O. Johnson
  • Dennis and Carole Johnson
  • Inga Doris Johnson*
  • Martin and Ruth Johnson
  • Ruby A. Johnson*
  • Steven and Barbara Johnson
  • Ione N. Kadden*
  • Esther Kittelson*
  • Iva Kjerland*
  • Knut Utstein Kloster
  • Mrs. Lewis Kranick
  • Earl Kruse*
  • Theodora H. Kubly*
  • Severt Kvamme
  • Mrs. Nordis Landsverk*
  • Merlin* and Margaret Lee
  • Dorothy and Maurice* Leon
  • Phyllis Leseth*
  • Joan M. Leuenberger
  • James W. and Martha Ylvisaker Limburg
  • C. Paul and Marlys* Lindholm
  • Scott and Anne Lindblom
  • Justine and Paul* Lionberger
  • Leif Lomo
  • Prof. Carl R. Loper Jr.* and Jane L. Loper
  • Norman Lorentzsen*
  • Daniel A. and Ann Mansfield
  • McGraw-Hill Companies Foundation
  • Elsie Melby*
  • Clifford M. Miller
  • Esther R. Miller*
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Mobil Foundation Inc.
  • Grace O. Molloy*
  • Nancy and Fred Morgan
  • Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mork*
  • Alida Motland*
  • Michael K. Musgrave
  • David L. and Ann Nelson
  • Harland and Corinne Nelson
  • Marlin P. Nelson
  • Elsie Ardis H. Norlander*
  • Frieda Nowland
  • Nuveen Investments
  • Sharon B. O’Hara
  • James R.* and Marilyn Olin
  • Alfred D. and LaDelle Olson*
  • Connie Osmundson*
  • Osmund and Barbara Overby
  • Sherman Oyen*
  • Helga Lund Parsons*
  • George J. Pedersen
  • Brit Aabakken Peterson*
  • Janet Blohm Pultz and Vaughan M. Pultz
  • Martin W. Reinhart
  • Barbara Rennie
  • Finn Roed
  • Lee and David Rokke
  • Jerry Rosholt*
  • Robert and Lucille Rosholt
  • Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Minneapolis
  • Royal Norwegian Embassy
  • Eleanor Rud
  • William O. Running Estate
  • Ruth Rupp
  • Beverly J. Saboe
  • Lyle and Lucille* Sacquitne
  • Kathleen Bergan Schmidt
  • Neil Schraeder
  • Selmer Corporation
  • Julia Shima*
  • Silos and Smokestacks
  • Gerald R. Sime*
  • Dr. and Mrs. C. A. Skaugstad
  • W. David and Kaaren T. Slawson
  • Mrs. Lloyd H. Snively*
  • Barbara Solberg*
  • Else M. Solberg
  • Sons of Norway Foundation
  • Sons of Norway, Concordia Lodge #6-070
  • Sons of Norway, Trollheim Lodge #6-110
  • Sons of Norway, Valdres Lodge #1-503
  • Stanley Engineered Fastening
  • Janice Stewart
  • Gilman M. and Helen C. Storlie*
  • Henry Strong*
  • Robert and Frances Sundt
  • Lucile G. Swenson*
  • Thompson Investment Management
  • Jack Thompson*
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans-Choice Dollars
  • Donald A. and Virginia Tollefson*
  • Henrietta P. Torgerson
  • The Tuzcu Family Charitable Fund
  • James and Nancy Ulring
  • Ingeborg L. Ulvestad*
  • Vanberia International Gifts LLC
  • Dean and Carol Vigeland
  • Viking River Cruises, Inc.
  • Joann Voltmer
  • Voltmer, Inc.
  • Walmart Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. William K. Wangensteen
  • Boyd Wasson
  • James and Caroline Weis
  • Robert Wellvang
  • Dr. Lorraine Westerberg*
  • Patricia T. White
  • Winneshiek County
  • Thomas A. Woods, Ph.D., Making Sense of Place
  • Sue P. Wrolstad

* deceased