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Holiday Inn, Willmar Minnesota  Valdres Samband Stevne
June 20-22, 2013
Willmar, Minnesota

The Valdres Samband stevne will be held at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Willmar, Minnesota.

 

PRESENTERS CRAFTS
Earl Evenstad has ancestral ties to Nord Aurdal and has been a Valdres Samband member for over 20 years.  He became a director in 2001, vice president in 2004, and served as president from 2007-2011. He is also a member of the Sons of Norway, Norwegian National League, and Kontakt Klub.

Shirley Evenstad, a Vesterheim Rosemaling Gold Medal Winner, has demonstrated rosemaling at numerous stevner.  This is her second year teaching the craft to children in Saturday morning's Barnegorg.

 
Paul Cutting is currently working towards his teaching certification in industrial Technology in La Crosse WI.  He has documented over 200 Norwegian-American log houses in Iowa and Minnesota, found rare Norwegian house plans and building traditions, restored log houses in Iowa and for the United States Forest Service.

Avis Roselund, daughter of Arne Roselund, a Valdres native and former Valdres Samband president, learned the art of making Julekurv from her father.  This is her second year of teaching the Christmas basket, a Norwegian traditional Christmas tree decoration.

 
Linda McCormick was both camper and   staff member at Skogfjorden Language Village and a Rotary exchange student to Sandefjord, Norway.    She is celebrating her 21st year with Borton Overseas as Managing Director and Director of Trollstigen Resort.    She first began planning tours in 1987 while at Nordic American Travel

Jeanie Wills learned Hardanger 21 years ago with encouragement from her husband.  Not only did she fall in love with the ease of creating Hardanger and its beauty, she found it a great relaxing pastime.  This will be Jeanie's second time demonstrating the craft at the stevne.

 
  Jon Pederson, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead. He has served on the board for Boys Scouts of American and the National Advisory Board for Concordia Language Villages.  He is vice- president and Capital Campaign Chair for Norway House.

 

 

 

Barneborgen
The Children's Castle

We are another year closer to being a tradition! Your participation will help make that tradition happen. The 2013 Stevne will have the second annual Barneborgen on Saturday morning. There will be no registration charge for those attending the Barneborgen but we would welcome a small donation for materials.

We have many events planned. Shirley Evenstad has again graciously donated her time and expertise to teach rosemaling. For the younger kids there will be little crafts and a story time. For older kids (and the young at heart) there will be a scavenger hunt starting at the registration table. Also planned are a family tree project, board games, and more.

Please let Rosie Gunelson know if you or a family member plan to attend, if you can volunteer, or if you have any additional ideas.  Email: rmgunelson@yahoo.com or Phone#: 651-222-5767


 

 

Dean Urdahl, Minnesota 18B representative, began political life in 1970 and is a former teacher of American history and cross-country coach.  He has written books about Minnesota and great Minnesotans. His recently published historical fiction, Uprising, is the first in a triology about the US-Dakota Conflict.

 
  Bruce Weaver is a lifetime member of both the Norwegian American Historical Association and Vesterheim. He joined the Valdres Samband in 1985 and now serves as its president.  He has been doing family history for 30 years.  Beyond straight genealogy, he searches for the human interest story.  
  Lori Lahlum received her Ph.D. from the University of Idaho and is an associate professor of history at Minnesota State University-Mankato.  Co-editor of Norwegian American Women: Migration, Communities and Identities, she has and continues to write about Norwegian immigrant women and is now working on a book on the Farmers' Alliance and Populist Party in North and South Dakota.  
Doug Ohman, a self-taught photographer, has been working with the Minnesota Historical Society on the book series, "Minnesota Byways."  His geography and history degrees from the University of Minnesota translate well into photographing historical architecture and scenic view of Minnesota.  

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