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“Vesterheim Inspires: The Frozen Connection” on Free First Thursday

Wed, Jun 25th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Come to Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, on Free First Thursday, July 3, to explore this world-renowned collection and find out about the museum’s connection to the Disney film “Frozen.”

“Norway has a rich tradition of folk art that helped to inspire the Disney animators who created the fantastically popular new movie, ‘Frozen,’” Martha Griesheimer, Vesterheim Volunteer Coordinator, said. Twenty-one artifacts from Vesterheim are currently on display in an exhibition about the film at the Norway Pavilion at Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida. “We envision this as a fun day to revel in the inspiration that can come from exploring a culture,” Griesheimer added.

At 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. there will be behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s collection storage. “On these tours, visitors will be able to see the thousands of objects from which Epcot officials had to choose for their exhibit,” Alison Dwyer, Vesterheim’s Collections Manager, said. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a tour of the buildings in the Open Air Division. At 2:30 p.m. Dwyer will give the presentation “When Disney Called” in the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center.

Vesterheim encourages visitors to come to the museum in Frozen-inspired costumes. The first 13 visitors in costume will have their choice of a variety of different Disney movie posters. Any visitor who stops by the Museum Store on July 3 can enter a drawing for a copy of the DVD of “Frozen.”

“As Disney knows, great examples of folk art are on view every day at Vesterheim, but visitors who come now through July 26 also get to see ‘The National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition,’ Vesterheim’s annual summer exhibition of exciting new folk art,” Griesheimer said.

Check for a schedule of future “Free First Thursday” events. The museum is open with free admission all day.

Through 24,000 objects and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This treasure is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

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