This video is a 360° view of the interior of the Egge-Koren House. When watching a 360° video on a computer, the viewing angle is changed by clicking on the video and dragging with the mouse. Enjoy the virtual tour!
Rural Decorah, Iowa (1852)
A typical first home built by immigrants of the husmann, or tenant farmer class, in Norway. It has been preserved in part because the owners, the Egge family, hosted a newly arrived Norwegian pastor, U.V. Koren, and his wife Elisabeth over the winter of 1853-54. U.V. Koren eventually established congregations and a legacy of service in a large geographic area out from Decorah. Elisabeth’s diary, available in Vesterheim’s Museum Store, describes the house and recounts local pioneer life in detail.
Find out more: In this article from Vesterheim, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2006, John P. Nelson, the great-grandson of Elisabeth and Vilhelm Koren, shares the history of the house his great-grandparents first lived in when they came to America – the Egge-Koren House in Vesterheim’s Heritage Park.