Immigrant Stories

In 1999, the NIA and the Norway Times, announced a contest which had as it’s prize–a round trip to Norway. Immigrants and/or their relatives were invited to submit the stories of their lives in the “colony” in New York.

One Hundred submissions were received, some with photos. Additional stories come to us regularly. In this space, you will find new stories from our archive – and hopefully, stories submitted by you, our readers and contributors. Enjoy these stories--and consider sending us your/your family's own story.

“Moving Around the Country, but Always Back to Brooklyn”
“Scandinavian Echoes”  in the Norwegian Community, Part One
“Scandinavian Echoes”  in the Norwegian Community, Part Two
1893 Viking Ship Visit
A Letter Home
A Remembrance, and an in Memoriam to a Vanishing Immigrant Generation
Accordion Player
Another Bay Ridge Saga: Sandoya Social Welfare Club of Brooklyn
Back to Norway Only to Return
Cashbook of Mathias Knutsen Kjolseth
Coming back to America
Else Hvistendahl – Portrait of a Freelancer
Grandpa Johan Alfred Olsen and the Tall Ships
Growing Up Pentecostal in Brooklyn 1935-1951
Images of an Immigrant Life
Life in the Lighthouse, Norway to Long Island, New York
My Father, Captain Nels Helgesen of the National Maritime Hall of Fame
My Father, the Master Builder
October, 2016-The 150th Anniversary of the First Norwegian Church in New York
Reflections of a Second-Generation Norwegian
Settling in New York
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