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The Norwegian ‘Mayflower’: The Voyage of the Restauration

November 15, 2022 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Norwegian 'Mayflower': The Voyage of the Restauration

November 15, 2022 | Dinner and social hour at 5:30 p.m.,
meeting and program at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Island View Golf Course, 7795 Laketown Parkway,
Waconia, MN 55387

Former Vesterheim Trustee Dale Goodman will be speaking to an organization in your area – the Waconia Sons of Norway Scandia Lodge! This meeting will be in-person at Island View Golf Course in Waconia, Minnesota, and you are invited to attend.

Visitors wishing to attend should email lodge member David Lerseth at dplerseth@aol.com to RSVP.

In the period beginning in 1825 and for about 100 years following, nearly 40% of the population of Norway – more than 800,000 Norwegians – immigrated to the United States. Most of those immigrants came for “economic opportunity,” but the first immigrants – known as the Sloopers of 1825 – came for religious freedom. The voyage was three years in the planning by an alliance of Quakers and Haugean Lutherans. Beginning on July 4, 1825, a 54-foot sloop named Restaurasjonen (The Restauration) took 52 passengers on a 98-day journey from Stavanger, Norway, to New York City. This presentation follows the story from its roots (in the Napoleonic Wars), through the voyage itself, the reception in New York City, and finally to the first Norwegian settlement in the United States in Kendall, New York.

Questions? Contact Molly Thompson, Vesterheim Annual Fund Gift Officer, at mthompson@veste​rheim.org or 563-382-9681.

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.


November 15, 2022
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM