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Find out what Vesterheim's hiding on a "Free Thursdays" tour


Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - "Only a fraction of Vesterheim's remarkable collections are on public display at any one time," said Martha Griesheimer, Vesterheim volunteer coodinator. "Come for a special tour to see the rest."

Join Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum for a free, guided "Storage Facilities Tour" on September 16, "Free Thursday." The tour will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Westby-Torgerson Education Center at 502 W. Water St., and will continue until 3:00 p.m. Participants may gather 15 minutes early.

"Vesterheim's curators will guide you behind the scenes through the museum's extensive storage facilities, and you will learn how these objects benefit hundreds of researchers, folk artists, and the general public," Griesheimer said. The museum's collections include 24,000 objects, with large samplings from the fine, decorative, and folk arts.

Every Thursday admission is free at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and the museum is open until 8:00 p.m. thanks to Decorah Bank & Trust Co. Once a month the museum offers an event in connection with these "Free Thursdays."

Vesterheim uses the story of Norwegian Americans to explore aspects of identity and culture common to everyone. The museum cares for over 24,000 artifacts, among which are some of the most outstanding examples of decorative and folk art to be seen in this country. Founded in 1877, Vesterheim is the oldest and most comprehensive museum in the United States dedicated to a single immigrant group. This national treasure includes a main complex of 16 historic buildings in downtown Decorah, and an immigrant farmstead and prairie church just outside the city.

From May 1-Oct. 31, Vesterheim is open daily, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., with hours extended until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. From Nov. 1-April 30, Vesterheim is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., with hours extended until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and is closed Monday.

For more information on the museum's exhibits, activities, and membership opportunities, and on ways to make a contribution to Vesterheim, consult Vesterheim's website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 523 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

The Passion of the Hausfrau at the Commonweal Theatre

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN - The Commonweal Theatre hosts The Passion of the Hausfrau -- the next event in its "Commonweal Presents" series -- on Tuesday, October 5th, and Wednesday, October 6th, at 7:30 pm. Performed by Bess Welden, The Passion of the Hausfrau ..... 
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Galactic Cowboy Orchestra to perform in Lanesboro

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Arts Center is pleased to present the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., on Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra is a unique and powerful musical ensemble that fuses an eclecti ..... 
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Luther professor and student launch horticulture program for residents of care center

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - Gardening has healing powers.

Residents of a Decorah care center experienced those healing powers when they participated in a 12-week gardening project designed and conducted this summer by Stephanie Travers, Luther College a ..... 
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Family fun at Seed Saver's Harvest Festival on October 2

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Join Seed Savers Exchange for their annual Harvest Festival at Heritage Farm on Saturday, October 2, 2010, from noon to 4 pm. Attend garlic planting and seed saving workshops, tour the seed processing facilities, listen to bluegrass music, go on hay ..... 
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Min Mor at Commonweal Theatre

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, hosts its next "Commonweal Presents" event - Min Mor ("Mother") - on Wednesday, September 15th, at 7:30 pm. Performed by internationally acclaimed actress Bente B ..... 
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Local musician attends prestigious summer percussion program

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Jamie Mathison, a talented young musician from Preston, Minn., spent two weeks this summer studying percussion and steelpan at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wis. Jamie is the daughter of Linda and Al and studies percussion pri ..... 
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Movie night in Whalan

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Remember the good ol' days when you watched movies outdoors. Well, in Whalan, we remember. Movies were projected on the city hall of Whalan for years, and we are doing it again.

Great entertainment, popcorn and an outdoor movie. What more co ..... 
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SEMAC awards artists in education grants

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

On August 17, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 18 grants for a total of $103,682 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included eight Artists in Education Grants ..... 
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