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Panorama and Oversized Photographs

Panorama photographs depicting large scenic vistas, cities, and assemblies of people were not uncommon in the first part of the 20th century. While these are impressive to view and study, they are are also a challenge to preserve and to make available for research. Existing panoramas and oversized photographs are often in large, unwieldy frames or wrapped into a tight roll; these historic photos are easily damaged in handling and storage. The digital age makes it possible for anyone to create a panoramic photograph today with a digital camera. But technology also allows us to digitize old photographs (which might be deteriorating). Now NAHA patrons can easily and safely study these fascinating photographs of Norwegian-American events and people in detail.

The Bygdelag movement developed in the early 20th century as first and second generations of Norwegian immigrants from the same geographic area in Norway gathered at a stevne. Besides providing a means of retaining regional language and culture, the meetings filled a social need, connecting attendees with kinfolk and friends from their home area in Norway now living disbursed in other areas in America.

These images of scenes in Norway all have thie imprint "Myklebust, Eagle Grove, Ia. [Iowa]". This studio was operated by the Norwegian born photographer Kristian ("Christ") Myklebust (1869-1936) who had a studio in Eagle Grove and reportedly returned to Norway and photographed there.

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