In 2020-2021, Vesterheim presented the exhibition Innovators and Inventors, which celebrated the creativity and ingenuity of Norwegian immigrants and their descendants in America. Although many people have heard of Ole Evinrude’s outboard motor or John Tokheim’s gasoline pump, many more Norwegian Americans have made significant contributions to our daily lives.
The exhibit covered everything from Karsten Solheim’s ergonomic golf putters to the pacemaker, invented by Earl Bakken. We also meet people like Harriet Lovseth, the South Dakota teacher who invented a chalk holder to keep her students a little bit cleaner at the end of the day.
In addition to patents, drawings, models, and artifacts, Vesterheim shared the stories behind the creations and helped shine a light on some unknown Norwegian immigrants and their descendants who helped make the world a better place.
Contemporary innovators and inventors were also featured prominently in the exhibit and Vesterheim hosted a Lecture Series to bring together some of the most creative and inspiring leaders, thinkers, and artists working today. Below are links to videos of the online exhibit presentations. Enjoy!
Vesterheim is grateful the Tomson Family Foundation for supporting the exhibit and lecture series.