NAHA Events

NAHA holds regular events for its members and the general public. Our members receive invitations and discounts on event admission when applicable. Archived videos of several events are available. Keep an eye on our website and social media for news of upcoming events, usually held each spring and fall. /

Upcoming Events

NAHA presents Transatlantic Frameworks with Miranda Moen and Henrik Olav Mathiesen, moderated by Annette Atkins.

Transatlantic Frameworks

April 7, 2022 • Noon, CDT

Our spring virtual event features emerging scholarship from two of our members. Grab your lunch (if you live in the Midwest) and join us for Transatlantic Frameworks. MIRANDA MOEN will present “Ethnicity, Class, and Regional Building Styles: The Foundation of Immigrant Architecture.” HENRIK OLAV MATHIESEN will share “Early Transatlantic Correspondence and Translocal Communication Structures: The Case of the Vossing Letters from the Nesheim Books.” The event is moderated by historian Annette Atkins, NAHA board member.

Artistry and Industry of Norway

Artistry and Industry Tour to Norway

June 18–26, 2022

NAHA is pleased to offer “Artistry and Industry of Norway,” blending cultural, industrial, and agricultural history. The group will travel by bus from Oslo to Bergen, enjoying spectacular natural beauty, stays in historic hotels, and delicious, locally sourced meals along the way. Stops include the Oleana knitwear factory, the Telemark Canal, Hotel Dalen, fish and fruit farms in the Hardanger region, and the Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. NAHA Editor Anna Peterson, associate professor of history at Luther College, will guide the tour, and Amy Boxrud, executive director of NAHA, will host it. Contact Betina Kohler at Borton Overseas reserve your space.

Past Events

Norwegian Haugeans in Context

November 4, 2021
1:00 p.m. CDT • 19:00 EST

Join the Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA) and Det norsk-amerikanske historielaget i Norge (NAHA-Norge) in marking the 250th anniversary of Hans Nielsen Hauge’s birth. Hauge was a 19th-century Norwegian spiritual leader and social reformer. Prof. Vidar L. Haanes, will present “Millennial Hopes and Scandinavian Immigrants to America: Norwegian Haugeans in Context.” Vidar L. Haanes is Professor of Church and Intellectual History and Rector at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society in Oslo. NAHA-Norge President Arnstein Hjelde of Østfold University will moderate the event. This webinar is free and open to the public. Please join us!

Linked Histories

While this program was cancelled, you can learn more about this topic at the link below.
August 4, 2021 • 6:00 p.m. CDT

Join NAHA and Norway House as we explore the relationships and interactions between settlers and Indigenous peoples of Minnesota. In response to the Red River Girl Exhibit at Norway House, we’ll focus on the circumstances that brought settlers to claim land in Minnesota—first in Houston County and later in the Red River Valley. We’ll gather at Norway House in Minneapolis: 6 pm social time, 6:30 program. NAHA and Norway House members, $5; general public, $10. Presenters are Dr. Betty Bergland, emerita professor of history, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Dr. Brenda J. Child (Red Lake Ojibwe), Northrop Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Moderated by NAHA Editor Anna M. Peterson.

NAHA Spring Member Meetup

2021 Spring Member Meetup

April 11, 2021 • 2:00 p.m. CDT

Join NAHA online for our annual Spring Member Meetup. Our featured speaker is Kyle Ward, who will discuss his research on the history of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Sep.) — a unit of Norwegian-Americans and Norwegians in exile during World War 2. NAHA Editor Anna M. Peterson will moderate the event. Kyle Ward is director of social studies education and teaches history at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He currently serves on the board of directors for the 99th Battalion Educational Foundation. This event is free and open to the public. Join us, and invite a friend!

2020 Biennial Member Meeting

October 24, 2020 • 9:30 a.m. CDT

Members and the general public are invited to join NAHA for its biennial member meeting via Zoom. Erika K. Jackson of Colorado Mesa University will present “Becoming White: The Case of Scandinavians in Chicago,” moderated by Anna Peterson. A short member meeting will follow, with updates to the membership and election of new board members.

New Directions in Migration Research

May 14, 2020 • 4 p.m. CDT

The NAHA Spring Member Meetup, originally planned as an in-person event, has been rescheduled online. Terje Mikael Hasle Joranger, director of the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, will present “New Directions in Migration Research.” As a historian focusing on ethnicity and migration, Joranger’s research has centered on transnationalism, cultural encounters, and acculturation. Since 2011 he has served as editor of “Norwegian-American Essays,” and he is co-editor of an anthology, “Nordic Whiteness,” which explores the status and privilege of Nordic immigrants in the United States. The event is moderated by NAHA Board Member Daron Olson, associate professor of history at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana.

Jim Leary

2016 Biennial Member Meeting

Oct 29, 2016

The 2016 Biennial Meeting explores Norwegian-American folk music folklorist Jim Leary, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His keynote presentation is called “Early Recordings of Norwegian-American Folk Music: History and Happenstance.” During our Nordic-inspired luncheon, NAHA will conduct its biennial business and share exciting plans for the future. The day ends with an open Nordic music session in downtown Northfield. Invite a friend — all are welcome!

Karen V. Hansen

2014 Biennial Member Meeting

May 14, 2014

Our 2014 Biennial Meeting featured a session presented by NAHA member Karen V. Hansen, “Entangled Encounters: Scandinavian Settlers and Dakota Indians, 1890-1930.” Hansen is Professor of History, Sociology, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University and author of “Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930.”