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Virtual History Course

January 23rd, 2021
The D5 Norwegian-American virtual history course, “Norwegian-American Settlement in IL, MI and WI” will start with sessions offered on
Saturday, January 23 (9:00-10:30 AM CT/10:00-11:30 ET) and
Monday, January 25 (6:30-8:00 PM CT/7:30-9:00 PM ET).

The course will be 16 weeks long.

Weeks 1-3 will be an introduction to Norwegian-American history in the D5 area.
Weeks 4-14 will be a book club format, with readings and discussion on the three books and a DVD which will be used for the course.
Weeks 15-16 will be short participant presentations on topics they chose for the course.

An example of a participant project might be doing local Norwegian-American history research to provide community and lifestyle background for a family genealogy project.
The virtual class will be offered on Zoom and recorded.

Faculty include:
Bill Injerd, historian of The Slooper Society;
Kirk Mies, vice president of The Slooper Society;
Dave Johnson, president of the Norske Museum in Norway, Illinois;
Dana Kelly, executive director of the Norwegian-American Genealogy Center; and
Mike Palecek, editor/author of The First Norwegian Settlements in America.

To get the most out of this course, we recommend that participants purchase the following books ($99 w/tax and shipping) and begin reading them ASAP: -
The First Norwegian Settlements in America; Palecek, Mike (ed.) -
History of the Norwegian Settlements; Holand, H.R. -
Sons of the Old Country; Ager, Waldemar -
Kaskaland DVD (Koshkonong Prairie Historical Society)

Our faculty believe that these books are very accessible reading which gives the beginning historian a very good overall background about Norwegian-American history from early settlement through 1880. It is a great Christmas gift for yourself or someone you want to share Norwegian-American history with.