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Exhibition for Vesterheim Museum’s Pioneer Immersion Program on View


Tue, May 7th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Area fourth-grade students invite everyone to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum for an exhibition of pioneer projects and journals that they created while participating in Vesterheim’s Pioneer Immersion Program. The exhibition will be in the third-floor galleries of the museum’s Main Building and open for viewing daily, May 13 to 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



There will be an Open House on Thursday, May 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a reception in the lobby of the Main Building. Opening greetings will be at 5:30 p.m. There will be free admission all day on May 16.



The students participating in the exhibition are from the Decorah Community Schools, North Winneshiek School, and St. Benedict School. The Pioneer Immersion Program is sponsored through 2014 by Dan and Bonnie Huebner of Decorah, Iowa.



Each spring, Vesterheim becomes a classroom for fourth-grade students. In March and April, students and their teachers spend at least one hour each week at the museum, immersing themselves in the history and culture of nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century immigrants.



This program uses the Norwegian-American experience as a jumping-off point for exploring the experiences of other immigrant groups during the time period. Students use artifacts, archival materials, and hands-on activities to gain a better understanding of what it meant for immigrants to journey from their homelands and establish new lives in America.



Prior to their visits to the museum, the students create immigrant identities for themselves, using immigrant diaries, documents, and other sources. The students record their impressions and thoughts in their own journals as they take part in activities like packing an immigrant trunk, constructing a “log” home, and completing a series of typical pioneer chores. Along with their journals, students make a project related to immigrant and history.



Vesterheim is a national treasure that explores the diversity of American immigration through the lens of Norwegian-American experience, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and preserves living traditions through classes in Norwegian culture and folk art, including rosemaling (decorative painting), woodcarving and woodworking, knifemaki .....
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Shakespeare Festival Seeks Young Actors For 2013 Season

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota, is seeking young male actors between the ages of 10 and 14 to play the role of Young Sebastian in its 2013, 10th Anniversary season of Twelfth Night. Auditions will be held at 10:00 AM, Sat ..... 
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Back to the 50s and 60s Day at the Whalan Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

On Saturday May, 18th at 11:00 a.m., the Whalan Stand Still Parade will once again be standing in position for its eighteenth year. This year’s theme Back to the 50s and 60s should bring back some great memories for the more mature visitor, and no ..... 
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Bluff Country Gathering 2013

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Mark these dates on your calendar...May 16-19 is the fifteenth annual Bluff Country Gathering in Lanesboro, MN, a festival to celebrate our old time music heritage and pass on the playing skills and tunes of master musicians from around the country. ..... 
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SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL SEEKS YOUNG ACTORS FOR 2013 SEASON

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota, is seeking young male actors between the ages of 10 and 14 to play the role of Young Sebastian in its 2013, 10th Anniversary season of Twelfth Night. Auditions will be held at 10:00 AM, Satu ..... 
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Bluff Country Gathering 2013

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Mark the dates on your calendar. May 16-19 is the fifteenth annual Bluff Country Gathering in Lanesboro, MN, a festival to celebrate our old time music heritage and pass on the playing skills and tunes of master musicians from around the country. The ..... 
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High Tea for High Waters

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

“High Tea for High Waters” a special experience hosted by the women of Lanesboro United Methodist Church will be held on Sunday May 12, at 3pm. The event features fine china, creative table presentations, and a wide variety of teas, European infl ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company Presents Blithe Spirit Pay-It-Forward Night

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Residents and employees of Fillmore and Houston Counties receive free admission to see Commonweal Theatre’s classic comedy, Blithe Spirit, on Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 pm for the Pay-It-Forward Night. Commonweal requests that anyone taking advanta ..... 
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Chasing Ice’ Documentary Film to be shown at the St. Mane Theatre

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The Third Friday Film Series will kick off the 2013 season with the documentary film ‘Chasing Ice’ on Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Presented by Lanesboro Arts Center, the Third Friday Film Series will ..... 
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