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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. 

2014 Biennial Members Meeting

Join us on Saturday, October 18, 2014 for a day of learning including a short business meeting to elect board members and share information on the programs and achievements of NAHA over the past two years. We are delighted to feature as keynote speaker Dr. Orm Øverland, professor emeritus of American literature at the Univerity of Bergen. Dr. Øverland edited and translated the current NAHA publication series, From America to Norway. We will also be welcoming Dr. Karen V. Hansen, author of the recent publication Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930. Registration is $30.00 per person and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Non-members are welcome to attend. Current members will be able to pick up their copy of our latest publication, From America to Norway: Norwegian-American Immigrant Letters 1838-1914, Volume Two 1871-1892. Register here.

Unable to attend in person? We'll host a live videostream of Dr. Øverland's keynote and the biennial members meeting. We'll post a link on this page the morning of the event, and we'll have an archive copy available following the meeting to view at your convenience.

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

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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