2014 Spring Summer NIA Newsletter
THE NIA IN REVIEW
It's June, the end of the spring season 2014, and time to
summarize the status of the NIA! Volunteer members of the NIA continue to
collect, preserve and disseminate information relating to the Norwegian
immigrant community in and around New York during the 20th century.
Actually, our archives carry records of Norwegian immigrants living in New
Amsterdam as far back as the 17th century.
The NIA is the "go to" place for people who wish to revisit
the "old days", or are curious about their roots in Norwegian New York.
Students researchers, genealogists and historians are welcome to study our
materials. It is a double bonus that some of this information is on the
internet already and more will be added. The additional and most important
elements that are needed are many more volunteers and substantial
If you have a request - email:
you can tell from the list below, members never know
what is coming up next and there are so many chances
to learn something new and to meet interesting
people. Volunteers do research and computer
work. They organize presentations, plan
programs and represent the NIA at many different
functions. Here are some of the specific way
the NIA has spread the word about the Norwegian
Arranged to have Nasjonal
Biblioteket (The National Library in Oslo)
digitize Nordisk Tidende. It will be online
before next summer. This is a project the
NIA has planned for three years. We are
delighted Nasjonal Biblioteket thinks Nordisk
Tidende, this valuable newspaper is as important
to preserve as we do.
Sponsored the 59th Annual Miss
Norway Contest, Congratulations to Jillian
MacDonald, Miss Norway of Greater New York 2014.
Participated at Scanfest with an information
table, film program and greetings by Miss
Co-Chair Lars Nilsen represents
the NIA on the P.S. 15 project. (Norwegian
history in Red Hook).
Lars Nilsen made a presentation
to the Nordisk Interest Group at the
Attended NYC Grant Writer's
Showed films and had Q&As at
several Sons of Norway lodges (NY, NJ, LI, CT)
Here are some specific examples of NIA
The NIA provided a guided tour of Norwegian New
York for Norway's UN Ambassador Geir Pedersen, as
well as for other groups and individuals.
author of a trilogy about
immigration to U.S. NIA provided a guided tour of
Norwegian New York research from the library and the
cover page photo of the 17th of May parade.
This picture appears on the cover page of
Mørkhagen's final volume of his trilogy about
Norwegian immigration to the U.S. It is copied
from the Exhibit Collection, Norwegian in New York
1825 to 2000: Builders of City, Community and
Evelyn Hammaren-author of Lake Telemark:
Norway in New Jersey 1929-1959
NIA provided video clips of Lake Telemark from 1929
~~~~~~~~~~NRK (Norwegian Media) - Miss Norway
2013, Amy Lindland appeared in an interview for the NRK
Jakten På Norge
that celebrates the
200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution.
In addition, the NIA supplied information about
Norwegian New York.
Liv Marit Haakenstad: genealogist, author, biographer of
Carl Søyland, editor of
Nordisk Tidende from 1940-1963, NIA provided information form the exhibit
Norwegians in New York, 1825 to 2000: Builders of City, Community and Culture,
plus two guided tours of Norwegian New York.
All members and friends are
called upon to build the collection with
letters, documents, stories, maps, and photos.
At this time the NIA is beginning a collection
on the history of the churches. (Please
identify people, places or items). The
NIA cannot accept artifacts or objects. Indicate
if you wish to have your material returned.
Please begin sending submissions September
15, 2014 to:
The Norwegian Immigration
315 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
Not all submissions can be
included in the collection. The NIA reserves the
right to choose what is going to appear in the
SUBMISSIONS TO THE NIA HISTORICAL COLLECTION:
Biographical data about Carl Søyland - posthumously submitted by Signy
History of Lake Telemark - submitted by Evelyn Hammaren
Steel Girders & Steele Chases: The Life and Art of Bernhard Berntsen - submitted
by Clifford Miller
HELP US PRESERVE!!
Many volunteers are needed to sort, digitize (convert data into a form that
is used on the internet) and catalogue materials.
LET'S GET THE WORD OUT!!
Join us sleuthing, and sharing our cache of information with all interested
people. Will you give some of your time to one of the groups below?
The Miss Norway
Committee - a very effective, well-working group
research, publicity, filing, cataloging, grant writing
Relations - speakers, tour guides
(returning submissions, handling correspondence)
We are eager to hear from you!!!!
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