Letters exchanged between a brother who left from Norway and one who stayed will be the focus of a presentation Tuesday as part of Norwegian Heritage Week in Thief River Falls.
The presentation, “The Stavig Letters: The Story of the Norwegian Immigrant,” is set for 7 p.m. at Northland Community and Technical College.
The story, which depicts the exchange of more than 150 letters over 50 years, is told by an Emmy Award-winning theater troupe.
“It will take you through three generations -- from fishermen in Norway to homesteaders on the Dakota prairie to Main Street entrepreneurs in Sisseton, S.D.,” said Jan Strandlie, event coordinator.
The event is part of an eight-day celebration that begins Saturday and continues all next week. The history, folklore and culture of Norway will be on display through various activities, including a play about trolls, especially for children, on Sunday; a smorgasbord Wednesday; and an old-time dance Thursday.
Another highlight of the week is a presentation by Odd Lovell, a Norwegian historian and author who emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 11.
Lovell, a professor at St. Olaf College, will give his talk at 10:30 a.m. May 18 at the Thief River Falls Library.
He is expected to speak from his memoir, “Two Homelands: A Historian Considers His Life and Work,” and sign his book.
Admission is free.
For more information, go online to www.facebook.com/snorrelodge/ or call (218) 686-0205.