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Welcome to the Norwegian-American Historical Association!

A private membership organization dedicated to locating, collecting, preserving and interpreting the Norwegian-American experience with accuracy, integrity and liveliness.

The Norwegian-American Historical Association was organized October 6, 1925, by a group of far-sighted Norwegian Americans who sought to establish a national center for the collection and preservation of historical material. Theirs was a practical as well as thoroughly professional endeavor to provide funds for the publication of interesting books by talented scholars, who by careful research and interpretation would describe the American experience of an immigrant people then firmly rooted in the New World. The Association has enjoyed success and gained the recognition and respect of an international scholarly community. In fulfillment of its purpose, the Association has published nearly one hundred books of scholarly merit; promoted Norwegian-American historical research and literary work; and helped maintain and develop archives of Norwegian-American historical material located on the St. Olaf College campus. This rich program has attracted to the Association a membership of 2,000 citizens from all walks of life. 

Bridging Continents, Bridging the River: Norwegian American Engineers and the Mississippi River Gorge

NAHA and the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians invite you to join us on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 as we explore the Mississippi River gorge through its iconic bridges. We'll learn about the Norwegian born and trained engineers and architects who helped create these graceful spans, and hear about current the efforts to preserve and protect the structures. We've assembled an expert panel of speakers and commentators from the transportation and historical preservation communities to enrich the conversation. Learn more about the tour details and register here.

Club 2014 - A Campaign for Archive Climate Control

We are committed to preserving the NAHA archives for future generations. Find out more about our project and how you can help. Club 2014

Summer Hours

Summer can be our busiest season so we encourage you to call 507-786-3229 a minimum of two or three days ahead of time to schedule time with our archivist.

Updated Digital Content Added
We recently added a selection of panoramic photographs to our digital archive. These large format photographs have been scanned in incredible detail so you can view experience them in a way never before possible. To see the initial images click here. Select either the Bygdelag Photos or Norwegian-American Singing Groups.

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