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Vesterheim Welcomes "Lady Fiona," Viking Storyteller at Free First Thursday

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa —Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, welcomes storyteller Jane Nichols on Free First Thursday, September 4. There will be free museum admission from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Nichols will give a presentation on Norse myths and Viking lore in the museum’s Amdal-Odland Heritage Center.

“Exploring myths and the Viking language legacy that we still use can be a fun way to connect with Nordic heritage,” Martha Griesheimer, Vesterheim’s Free First Thursday coordinator, said. Nichols, also known as “Lady Fiona,” is from Kansas City, Kansas, and has been giving variations of the presentation on Norse myth since 1992 at a variety of venues, including libraries, colleges, and the Danish Brotherhood. Nichols’s presentation covers the days of the week, since those came from the Norse gods, as well as words like “weird,” “berserk,” and “brag,” and much more.

“We are delighted to have ‘Lady Fiona’ visit Vesterheim,” Griesheimer said.

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 vesterheim.org, 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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