History Bits & Bites

Book Cover - Norwegian American Women

Bring your lunch and learn a little history! This month, Dr. Lori A. Lahlum, Professor of History at Minnesota State University, Mankato, will present on her book, Norwegian American Women: Migration, Communities and Identies

The history of Norwegian settlement in the United States has often been told through the eyes of prominent men, while the women are imagined in the form of O. E. Rølvaag’s fictionalized heroine Beret Holm, who made the best of life on the frontier but whose gaze seemed ever fixed on her long-lost home. The true picture is more complex. In an area spanning the Midwest and rural West and urban areas such as Seattle, Chicago, and Brooklyn, Norwegian American women found themselves in varied circumstances, ranging from factory worker to domestic, impoverished to leisured. Offering a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach, Norwegian American Women: Migration, Communities, and Identities considers the stories of this immigrant group through a gendered lens.

Coffee and water provided. 

Date & Time

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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