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Renda Sacquitne honored through Vesterheim donation


Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa-Family and friends of the late Renda Sacquitne, Decorah, have donated two benches to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum's Open Air Division as a memorial in her honor.

Renda Sacquitne was a Vesterheim volunteer who led tours of the museum's Open Air Division. She always loved Decorah's Nordic Fest celebration and served as president, secretary, merchandise chair, program chair, and button chair. She was recognized as the Nordic Fest 2009 Flag Recipient. "Renda loved giving tours of the Open Air Division," said Martha Griesheimer, Vesterheim coordinator of volunteers. "She worked hard during Nordic Fest, and was so dedicated that, when everyone else was worn out, she always gave the last tour on Sunday of Nordic Fest weekend," Griesheimer continued.

Renda's family, along with Theresa McCabe, her coworker at Iowa Workforce, members of the Nordic Fest Board, and other friends, contributed to a memorial fund at Decorah Bank & Trust. The money raised was used to purchase one of the benches. Additional funds required to purchase the second bench were donated by family members, including Renda's mother, Darlene Vine; her brothers, Raymond Sacquitne and Reynold Sacquitne; her sisters, Robin Altoff and Roxanne Lueschow; her daughter Reagan Jacobs; and her grandchildren Kylie, Jarod, Ethan, and Carter.

"The benches are a wonderful addition to our Open Air Division," Director of Development Steve Grinna said. "Situated outside our historic mill, they offer visitors a comfortable place to rest in the midst of an Open Air Division tour-something that Renda, as a Vesterheim Volunteer Guide, would appreciate," Grinna added.

Founded in 1877, Vesterheim is one of the oldest and most comprehensive museums 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. Vesterheim 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. Vesterheim uses the story of Norwegian Americans to explore aspects of identity and culture common to everyone. Come for our holiday festivals, special group tours, classes, or any time.

From May 1 through Oct. 31, Vesterheim is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursdays open until 8:00 p.m. From Nov. 1 through April 30, Vesterheim is open Tuesda .....
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Commonweal Theatre's student matinee series ready for the school year

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

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its Student Matinee Series for the fall semester of 2010. This program reaches more than 1,500 regional students and teachers annually as part of Commonweal Theatre's goal that every high s ..... 
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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."

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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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