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(September 15, 1865 - October 29, 1936) was a Norwegian-American author, historian and college professor.
The pages of "Symra" featured a listing of notable Norwegian-American authors including: Peer Stromme,
, Hjalmar Holand, Waldemar Ager, George T. Flom, Peter Laurentius Larsen, Ole Edvart Rølvaag, and Kristofer Janson.
Johan Andreas Holvik, professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota served as the Secretary of the national administration committee of the Norse-American Centennial.
, professor at Luther College and curator of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, served as Director of the Norse-American Centennial celebration. The committee of advisors included author O. E. Rolvaag .
was born at Fræna in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. He was the son of Ole Sørensen Gjerset and Karen Marie Olsdatter Eidem. He immigrated with his family to Chippewa County, Minnesota during 1871. His brother, Oluf Gjerset, was an elected official in Minnesota.
In 1912, the Symra Company was re-organized with
of Luther College, and P. J. Eikeland of St. Olaf College serving as editors. As well the magazine, the Symra Company published Norwegian language books including: "Ameriká og Andre Digte" in 1912, and "Efterladte Digte" in 1914. Both were books of poems written by Agnes Mathilde Wergeland.
On 4th day of February, 1926, the Norwegian-American Historical Association was incorporated by
, Birger Osland, and O. E. Rolvaag. The organization was founded at St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota. Although the Association is still located on the campus of St. Olaf, both institutions are independent entities.
Oluf Gjerset was born in Vågøy (also spelled Vågø), Fræna, Norway. He was the son of Ole Sørensen Gjerset and Karen Marie Olsdatter Eidem. His parents had nine children, one of whom died in infancy in Norway. In May, 1871, his family left for America. The family settled on the Big Bend of the Chippewa River in Chippewa County, Minnesota. His father helped organize the Norwegian Lutheran Synod congregation in the Big Bend settlement in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. His brother,
was a noted author and historian.
Gjerset next worked as a principal at Glenwood Academy in Glenwood, Minnesota. In 1902, he became a professor at Luther College. Gjerset was department head of the history department for more than thirty years and co-editor of the literary yearbook "Symra" (1905-1914). He served as curator of the Norwegian-American Historical Museum.He published a number of historical works, including "History of the Norwegian People" (1915) and "History of Iceland" (1924).
was appointed Knight of the 1st class in the Order of St. Olav in 1917. He also served as the chairman of the committee on exhibits for the Norse-American Centennial in 1925.
In speaking of the route,
quotes Peder Claussøn Friis as writing in the late 16th century, "But in the winter people of high estate, as well as members of the court, travel mostly this way, because however high and deep the snow may fall, it blows together on the high mountains and becomes so hard men and horses can walk on it. The "bonder" [farmers] run over it on skis and snow-shoes. There are three stations: Drivstuen, Herdekinn and Fogstuen built on this same mountain in order that travelers may find lodging there...at the stations there are implements and dry wood, so that the traveler may build themselves fire, and not suffer from cold, when they have to remain over night, and cannot find the way across the mountain."
The book "America Not Discovered by Columbus" by Rasmus B. Anderson was published in 1874, helping popularize the idea that Vikings were the first Europeans in the New World. During his appearance at the Norse-American Centennial in 1925, President Calvin Coolidge gave recognition to Leif Erikson as the discoverer of America due to research by Norwegian-American scholars such as
and Ludvig Hektoen. In 1929, Wisconsin became the first U.S. state to officially adopt Leif Erikson Day as a state holiday, thanks in large part to efforts by Rasmus Anderson. A year later, the state of Minnesota followed suit. By 1956, Leif Erikson Day had been made an official observance in seven states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Colorado, Washington, and California) and one Canadian province (Saskatchewan). In 2012, the day was also made official in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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