Join Vesterheim online for a free, lunchtime webinar as we celebrate Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day, with friends from Norway and the United States! Registration for the Zoom link is required and available here.
At noon (CT), Norwegian storyteller Anne Elisebeth Skogen will join the webinar from Ryfylkemuseet at Sand, Norway, to tell the story, Schoolgirl and My Very First May 17th Parade in 1962. Anne Elisebeth grew up in the little town of Egersund, Norway, south of Stavanger. With an education in drama and storytelling, Anne Elisebeth runs her own storytelling business, telling stories for schools, organizations, festivals, and companies.
Next, Decorah musicians Beth and Jon Rotto (playing fiddle and rhythm guitar, respectively) will offer Norwegian and Norwegian-American tunes from the Bethania Church in Vesterheim’s Heritage Park. Beth and Jon are founding members of the dance band Foot-Notes, who have been playing for old-time dances in the Decorah area for over three decades.
Syttende Mai is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814 at Eidsvoll. Typically, to celebrate their constitution and national independence, excited crowds of Norwegians, especially children, parade through the streets, waving flags and singing songs. This year is the 150th anniversary of the first children’s parade, which took place in Oslo in 1870. Syttende Mai is a great opportunity to celebrate freedom wherever it occurs.
Hurra, Hurra, Hurra – Happy Syttende Mai!