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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 Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays open until 8:00 p.m. and closed Mondays. For more information on the museum's exhibits, activities, and membership opportunities, consult Vesterheim's website at, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 523 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

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. Pictured here with the benches are Steve Grinna, Vesterheim Development Director; Raymond Sacquitne, Renda's brother; Darlene Vine, Renda's mother; and Theresa McCabe, Renda's co-worker.

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