NIA Exhibitions

The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc. (NIA) has curated several exhibitions over its 20 years existence. A lot of the material created for this purpose has been organized in the ContentDM system to make it freely available for anyone interested in diving deeper into the history of Norwegians in New York. You can access our ContentDM page here (opens in new window)

Norwegians in New York 1825 to 2000: Builders of City, Community and Culture

This exhibit-"Norwegians in New York 1825 to 2000, Builders of City, Community and Culture"- was begun in 1995 by a grass roots organization, the NIA,  which documents the history of Norwegian immigrants to the New York area. The exhibit includes examples of their work as builders of tunnels, piers, bridges, skyscrapers, and homes, as well as the tools they used. The photos and artifacts show their dedication to church life, their emphasis on family life, music, sports, folk art, social and cultural clubs. The war efforts they and their Norwegian newspaper Nordisk Tidende made through the Depression and during World War II aided the community at large. Their major goal was to become "Americans" and to assimilate into the society around them.

Norwegians Settle in New York

Also one of the exhibits displayed at the gallery at Heritage Hall at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center at 1270-67th Street, Brooklyn, NY. This collection follows the Norwegian immigrants community as it develops more and larger church communities, a Children's Home, and a Home for the Aged. The Norwegian Americans are no longer new comers, but have established businesses and careers and have become established citizens in the community.