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The Icelandic Emigration Journey - From Turfhouses to Prairie Homesteads

Special Icelandic Events - Please share by Romayne Kilde, Nordic Culture Clubs Scandinavian Festival

The Nordic Culture Clubs and the Fargo-Moorhead Icelandic Klub are hosting the 2023 Scandinavian Festival. Join us in June for many special events, including several events associated with a special public art exhibition designed and curated by Sunna Olafson Furstenau for Icelandic Roots.

“The Icelandic Emigration Journey - From Turfhouses to Prairie Homesteads”

The Exhibition Grand Opening Reception

Wine provided by Björnson Vineyards and Matthiasson Winery Presentation and Art Walk with the artist Sunna Olafson Furstenau

June 20, 2023

4:00 – 7:00 pm

Rourke Art Gallery + Museum 521 Main Ave. Moorhead, Minnesota

The exhibit features fourteen large panels depicting photographs and drawings with a narrative telling the story of how Icelandic emigrants journeyed to a new life in Dakota and Minnesota. An accompanying booklet will be available at The Rourke and on the Icelandic Roots website beginning June 20th.

Iceland is the Land of Fire and Ice. Our story spans centuries from the Viking settlement in 870 to the modern day. Learn more about the mass exodus to North America during the emigration years of 1870-1914 and the Icelanders in Minnesota and North Dakota.

The exhibition will be on display for one month. Admission is free of charge, and all are welcome. Thank you to Sunna, Jeff Furstenau, and Icelandic Roots for sponsoring this art exhibition.

The rest of the weekend schedule is available on the website. The hours are 10-5 pm both days at the Hjemkomst Center and Viking Park in Moorhead, Minnesota. For more information on the Nordic Culture Clubs Scandinavian Festival, contact Romayne Kilde, Nordic Culture Clubs Festival and Event Coordinator at (218) 593-8412 or by email.

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