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  • Norwegian Coastal Voyage: A Vesterheim Experience
    Norway and see breathtaking scenery both on land and at sea Knut shared his knowledge and respect for the beauty and history of his beloved Norway throughout the entire tour Beginning in Bergen and ending in Kirkenes this voyage took participants through the calm sheltered waters of Norway s shores close to the landscape wildlife and culture Participants spent days and nights filled with majestic coastal Norway awe inspiring fjords expansive sounds snow capped mountains scenic skerries and picturesque plains The 34 ports of call both historical and cosmopolitan ranged from major cities to small fishing hamlets and the stops varied from 45 minutes to 6 hours Knut Werner Hagen holds a master s degree in history from the University of Oslo and has also written a number of articles and books Knut served as an officer in the Norwegian Army for 30 years and during the last 15 years of his career he lectured on military history at the Norwegian Military Academy in Oslo Knut has also spent his time guiding a number of tours and had the privilege of guiding His Majesty King Harald V and the Prime Minister of Norway Knut will bring unparalleled knowledge and experience to this unforgettable tour Michelle Whitehill is Vesterheim s Coordinator of Tours to Norway She has planned 14 tours has been to Norway 8 times and led tours in 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 and 2014 Her organization and friendliness allow participants to sit back relax and enjoy the trip For more information about upcoming tours Michelle Whitehill at 563 382 9681 ext 240 or Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Folk Art Study Tour May 31 June 18 2016 Immerse yourself in the traditional folk arts of

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/norway-tours/recent/coastal-voyage/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Vesterheim's Connection To Norway
    coordinator of the entire project was Anders Sandvig founder of the Maihaugen collection in Lillehammer Norway Sandvig expressed his purpose in organizing such an effort by writing May these objects work so that the Norwegian ness in you will not die too soon and the connection with the homeland will because of this be tighter Receive this gift as proof that we follow you all in our hearts even though the big Atlantic Ocean parts us Royal Visits To Vesterheim And Decorah May 6 and 7 1939 Crown Prince Olav and his wife Princess Märtha stay in Decorah while on their first United States tour The Crown Prince brings gifts for the Norwegian American Historical Museum now Vesterheim from the National Association of Museums in Norway This group of Norwegian museums not only contributes the artifacts but also donates the funds to cover shipping While the Crown Prince and Princess are in Decorah Luther College confers upon the Crown Prince an honorary degree October 6 1965 Crown Prince Harald who became King Harald V in 1991 visits Vesterheim and Luther College where an honorary degree is conferred upon him May 4 1968 King Olav V visits Vesterheim and Luther College October 14 1975 King Olav V participates in dedication ceremonies at Vesterheim Museum s newly restored Main Building and visits Luther College to lay the cornerstone for the Center for Faith and Life the college s worship center and theater concert hall November 28 1987 King Olav V braves an ice storm to visit Vesterheim Museum and Luther College October 19 1995 Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja visit Decorah as part of their official diplomatic itinerary June 10 1999 Crown Prince Haakon visits Decorah as part of the city s sesquicentennial celebrations and dedicates Vesterheim s Amdal

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/about/what/connection-to-norway/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Technology and Website Specialist
    may be counted toward total work experience Job Duties Install test troubleshoot maintain and provide technical support for both PC and Apple systems and the applications that run on those systems Conduct research evaluate new products and apply the practices principles standards and guidelines of sound systems administration work Create upgrade and maintain programming for Vesterheim s website Respond to changing requirements technology best practices and feedback from website visitors Perform measurements tracking and data analysis to extract useful information from Vesterheim s website for strategic decision making Skills and Competencies In addition to the minimum qualifications the individual must also Experience with small office information technology including networks switches Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory OS X Server File Sharing SQL Server back up systems disaster recover risk management and security etc to provide day to day stability and maintenance Experience with identifying technology needs and preparing technology budgets including evaluating vendors products and outsourced services measuring performance and controlling cost The ability to manage projects and organize work to meet deadlines The ability to learn new technologies Proficiency with front end web development creating mobile first responsive sites Proficiency with server side programing languages design principles web application frameworks and relational databases Proficiency with Content Management Systems and e commerce systems including back end manipulation and customization Experience with website analytics and the ability communicate these analytics to others through reports and graphs Relationships Team Marketing and Publications Department Coworkers Editorial Assistant and student workers and interns Serve Vesterheim staff and the public Vesterheim Benefits Find information about Vesterheim benefits here pdf Apply Applications should include a current resume letter explaining interest and relevant experience and names of three references Applications should be directed to Chris Johnson President CEO and mailed to Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum P O Box

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/about/employment/technology-website-specialist/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Vesterheim Receives Largest Gift to Date from Dan Huebner
    ages to celebrate heritage and tradition Dan and Bonnie knew it wouldn t take much to get involved with the museum and make an impact on the entire Scandinavian community but they regularly strove to go above and beyond leaving an indelible mark on Vesterheim The Huebners involvement with Vesterheim started in 1994 while they were living in Fairfield Connecticut Bonnie had grown up up in Houston Minnesota with Norwegian American parents and attended St Olaf College Dan was from Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota With their roots in the Midwest and having some ties to the museum they eventually made their home in Decorah when Dan retired as Vice Chairman and Director of the Grumman Corporation In 1997 they were jointly appointed to the Vesterheim Board of Trustees served as co chairs of its Audit Committee and were members of the Long Range Planning Committee During their tenure they joined the museum s Valhalla Society for planned giving were members of Kroneklubben Vesterheim s Crown Club for exceptional donors and received the Mange Takk award bestowed upon selected trustees whose dedication translates into extra ordinary contributions to Vesterheim Bonnie passed away in 2004 Dan honored Bonnie s memory in countless ways not the least of which was continuing the work they began together to preserve and promote education at Vesterheim and Scandinavian customs He chaired the the museum s Committee on Trustees and Governance started the Think Tank advisory group and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees He received the Den Høyeste Ære The Highest Honor recognition in 2013 from his fellow board members This special award has only been presented three times since 1993 We are grateful beyond words to Bonnie and Dan for a lifetime of distinguished service to Vesterheim as donors members

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/about/news/2015/dan-huebner-gift/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Vesterheim Returns King Olav’s Cadillac to the People of Norway
    IDF to be used for fundraising for the IDF in conjunction with the Sons of Norway The limousine appeared at various Scandinavian American events throughout the United States before it was given to Vesterheim in 1994 In 2013 AMCAR learned that Vesterheim owned the King s Cadillac and the club s president Harry Kjensli contacted the museum regarding their interest in obtaining the car and restoring it Norway is in the process of developing a National Motor Museum north of Lillehammer and the King s Cadillac eventually will be on permanent exhibit there along with King Olav s other limousines AMCAR s desire and ability to fully restore the King s Cadillac was timely and Vesterheim is happy to play a role in getting the car to its new museum home in Norway Steve Johnson Vesterheim s Executive Director said There was an unveiling of the restored car at noon on June 6 at Akershus Fortress in Oslo Norway and Vesterheim Trustee Mette Bowen represented Vesterheim at the festivities King Harald V is the Honorary Chair of Vesterheim s Board of Trustees and has visited the museum four times King Olav V also visited four times and Crown Prince Haakon

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/about/news/2015/king-olav-cadillac-returns-to-norway/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Vesterheim Hires New President/CEO
    until September 2016 when he officially retires assuring a smooth transition Martinson explained The Vesterheim position represents a meaningful homecoming for Chris Johnson A native of Northeast Iowa he graduated from Luther College in 1987 with a B A in history and he says that Vesterheim and the area around Decorah are places he has valued all his life He did his graduate work at the University of Nebraska and an internship with Vesterheim in 1997 the same year he received his Masters in Museum Studies Since that time Chris Johnson has worked for the State Historical Society of North Dakota first as its Regional Historic Sites Manager from 1998 to 2007 and then as its Museum Division Director from 2007 to the present Johnson was an integral part of a major expansion at the State Historical Society of North Dakota He says he sees Vesterheim poised now for the same kind of dynamic growth and believes his experience with the North Dakota expansion will allow him to skillfully guide Vesterheim s future development I want to help Vesterheim maintain its central cultural importance to Decorah and Northeast Iowa and expand its facilities programming and outreach both locally and nationally

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/about/news/2015/new-vesterheim-president-ceo/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Fodor's Names Vesterheim One of Fifteen Best Small-Town Museums in U.S.
    the Field Museum in Chicago and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles But hidden away in America s small towns are equally fascinating more unique museums that are home to coveted works of art and historical items Other museums on the list include The Huntington in San Marino California the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Massachusetts and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York We re excited to be listed among such impressive company said Charlie Langton Vesterheim Editor The recognition is quite an honor he continued USA Today has already named Vesterheim one of ten great places in the nation to admire American folk art and with this new recognition perhaps more people will discover what a treasure Decorah really is Fodor s a division of Random House is one of the world s largest publishers of English language travel and tourism information and one of the first producers of modern travel guidebooks Find a link to Fodors full list here Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page About What is Vesterheim Contact Board of Trustees Staff Annual Report Employment News Vesterheim Magazine Home About News Fodor

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/about/news/2015/fodors-best-15-museums/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Vesterheim Signs Purchase Agreement for Cary Property
    has worked toward this acquisition as part of the museum s strategic plan for a unified campus but discussions about how the space will be used in the short term are ongoing Vesterheim is grateful to Bill Cary J R Cary the Cary Family Trust and all the museum trustees present and past who have helped make this longtime dream come true Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

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