Norwegian Seattle

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
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The Norwegians who immigrated to Seattle were a sturdy stock. Perhaps it was due to their ancient history as determined Viking seafarers--or their more recent experiences as tenacious fishermen, farmers, loggers, and carpenters. From the first Norwegians to arrive in 1868 through today, Seattle's Norwegian American community has maintained a remarkable cohesiveness. They participate in Sons and Daughters of Norway and other clubs; enjoy lutefisk dinners, lively music and dance groups, and the annual May 17 parade; boast elaborately knitted sweaters and historic costumes; and labor over language classes and genealogy. The result is a pride of heritage unique to the Norwegian Americans in Seattle and a sinew that binds their community.
  

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Kristine Leander is the granddaughter of Swedish immigrants. Drawn to Norway by its history and beauty, she studied there for several years. Upon returning to Seattle, she became active in the local Norwegian American community and completed her Ph.D. based on her research in Norway. She currently serves as president of the Leif Erikson International Foundation and as cultural director of the Swedish Cultural Center.

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