Vesterheim’s new exhibit features photography by National Geographic Explorer Erika Skogg

DECORAH — Check out Vesterheim, the Nationwide Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Artwork College, for a new exhibit, “Scandinavian American: Photography by National Geographic Explorer Erika Skogg,” opening Saturday.

This show is a selection of pics by Skogg, which was part of a job funded by the Countrywide Geographic Society. The pics depict the way of life, celebrations and traditions of Scandinavian-American communities all over the Midwest.

Servers Kara Caldecott and Betsy Cornelius arrive to get the job done at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, Wis. Stop by Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and People Art School, for a new exhibit, “Scandinavian American: Pictures by Nationwide Geographic Explorer Erika Skogg,” opening Saturday. (Vesterheim)

The photos in the exhibition element Us citizens of Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish ancestry in the communities of Decorah Hancock, Mich. Ephraim, Wis. Pequot Lakes, Minn. and Lindsborg, Kan.

Skogg is a photographer, educator and Countrywide Geographic Explorer with practical experience documenting cultural tales from the United States to Morocco, Greenland, Iceland, Colombia and over and above. Born and lifted in Wisconsin, Skogg’s most recent photographic research is closer to residence and pushed by the drive to immerse, have an understanding of and visually preserve the region’s Scandinavian and Nordic culture. In 2018, Skogg been given a National Geographic Storytelling Grant for her project “Scandinavian American” to document the Higher Midwest’s cultural connections to its emigrant background and endorse an curiosity in one’s very own genealogy.

Check out for info about future shows by Skogg to examine her Scandinavian-American visible essay, her path to turning out to be a National Geographic Explorer, and how she techniques visible storytelling.

Mark Hepokoski of Hancock, Mich., describes the Finnish-American tradition of putting a broom outdoors your front doorway. Check out Vesterheim, the Countrywide Norwegian-American Museum and Folks Artwork University, for a new show, “Scandinavian American: Photography by Countrywide Geographic Explorer Erika Skogg,” opening Saturday. (Vesterheim)

This exhibition is supported by Janet and Rob Coe and the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation.

Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and People Artwork University, welcomes individuals of all ages and backgrounds to engage in the dialogue of the American immigrant journey by means of the lens of the Norwegian-American encounter. Vesterheim offers innovative and interactive displays, lessons and programs, both at the dynamic campus and park in scenic Decorah, Iowa, and on-line at and Vesterheim social media. For a lot more information and facts on reveals, classes, packages, excursions, membership alternatives, and strategies to donate and volunteer, hook up at, (563) 382-9681, and Vesterheim, 502 W. Drinking water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

Angelia S. Rico

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