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Norway's Crown Prince Olav skis at Mount Rainier on May 24, 1939

Norway's Crown Prince Olav (1903-1991), later King Olav V, and his wife Princess Martha (1901-1954) excited the Northwest's Norwegian community and local skiers when they went skiing at Mount Rainier ...

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Norwegians in Seattle and King County

By the 1880s, Norwegians were arriving in the Pacific Northwest in noticeable numbers. By 1910, more than 7,000 Norwegians lived and worked in the region. They lived all over King County but especiall...

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Opening of the Nordic Museum in Seattle

On May 5, 2018, the Nordic Museum opened its doors to the public in its new building on NW Market Street in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The event marked the culmination of a 15-year process t...

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Reid, John H. (1873-1960)

John H. Reid came to the United States as a 4-year-old, was orphaned twice, and overcame a harsh, lonely boyhood to create a full, rich life as a Seattle newspaper publisher, civic activist, and pater...

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Remembering the Holmquists (Monroe, Snohomish County)

This People's History tells the story of August (1859-1928) and Carolina (d. 1930) Holmquist, a couple who, perhaps more than any others, had an impact on the community of Monroe (Snohomish County) in...

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Sons of a Norwegian Lighthouse Keeper

This is the story of the brothers Harald Blekum (1865-1950) and Einar Blekum (1864-1910) and their assimilation to life in Seattle, 1891 to 1950. It is based on research, documents, and images submitt...

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Swedes in Seattle and King County

Prior to the great fire of June 6, 1889, Seattle's Swedish population was small, as it was in the rest of the northwest region. The census of 1880 counted only 190 people of Scandinavian heritage in a...

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The Schillestad Family: Sketches of Salmon Bay Life

Alfred Schillestad, son of Seattle pioneer Ole Schillestad, left a unique visual record of early life along the shores of Salmon Bay in the sketchbooks he created as young man. Two of Alfred Schillest...

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Werner, August Hansen (1893-1980)

Born and raised in Norway, August Werner moved to Brooklyn, New York, as a young man and made a name for himself as a singer in both the Norwegian American and wider musical communities. By 1931, havi...

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