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Rocks and Hard Places

April 20, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration through the Lens of Knud Knudsen

April 20, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (CT)

Location: Online program through Decorah Sons of Norway Valdres Lodge

Vesterheim is giving an online presentation for the Decorah Sons of Norway Valdres Lodge. Vesterheim President/CEO Chris Johnson will speak about the photography of Knud Knudsen. Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Look for answers in the dramatic black and white photographs of Knud Knudsen, considered one of Norway’s most important early photographers. He often returned from his studio in Bergen to the village of Tokheim to capture scenes of everyday life. Despite the idyllic landscape, Knudsen’s work vividly shows some of the factors that led to above-average rates of emigration from this region.

This is an open meeting. Visitors wishing to attend should contact David Judisch, member of the Decorah Sons of Norway Valdres Lodge, for a meeting link: judiscda@luther.edu.

Vesterheim staff members can give presentations to cultural, community, and church groups on a variety of topics. Find more information about presentation options and how to schedule one for your group here.


April 20, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM