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Building a Grindbuilding and Its Life (Webinar)

August 25 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Building a Grindbuilding and Its Life: A Center of Experiential Archeology on a College Campus (Webinar)

August 25, 2024 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT

Location: Online on Zoom

With Owen Christianson and Heidi Sherman.

Join us for an afternoon of learning about the “Viking House” on the campus of University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Our presenters will be Owen Christianson, who built the original version of the Grindbuilding, and Heidi Sherman, who as a professor at the University was the driving force to getting the Grindbuilding on campus. They also wrote a book together about the experience, which is available through Vesterheim Museum Store here.

The Christiansons built this Norwegian timber-framed house in 2011 on their land near the village of Stratford, Wisconsin. They built the house based on careful research of Viking-Age building traditions in Norway. Their dream was to use the house for both reenactment and educational purposes.

In 2017, members from Professor Heidi Sherman’s capstone class spent three days with the Christiansons, carefully disassembling and numbering each piece of the house. They then reconstructed it on the Green Bay campus.

Come learn about the work that went into the building moving and maintaining this living piece of history from the two who helped make it a reality for everyone to get a chance to experience.

Registration required for this free event. Sign up here.


August 25
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM