If the recent visit of the Norwegian Royals got you thinking about your Norwegian heritage or the impact of Norwegians on our history, you won’t want to miss the next Author Event at St. Anthony Library.
Speaker will be noted academic, editor and author Dr. Lloyd Svendsby who will be discussing his recently published book I Paid All My Debts: A Norwegian-American Immigrant Saga of Life on the Prairie of North Dakota. The book depicts the struggles of two families homesteading on the prairie during the early 1900’s, the Dust Bowl years and the Great Depression. The promotional material for the book gives a glimpse of the story Dr. Svendsby relates:
The prospect of 160 acres of free land enticed thousands of Norwegians to immigrate to America, with high hopes for a better, more prosperous life. Those who settled in North Dakota never expected they would need several times that amount of land, nor did they imagine the high costs involved in meeting the homestead requirements. This is a story of two families for whom the promise of America miscarried. As they reached a point of borrowing money to move their dream forward the depression hit, as did a drought on the prairie. But the family spirits never died, and the immigrants never wished to be elsewhere.
Dr. Svendsbye has served as editor-in-chief at the former Augsburg Publishing House; a member of the Church Council of the American Lutheran Church; as president of Luther Northwestern Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota; as academic dean of St. Olaf College, Northfield Minnesota; as president of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is affiliated with a number of Norwegian-American organizations.
The Author Event is Monday, October 24, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony Library, 2941 Pentagon Drive Northeast in the St. Anthony Village Shopping Center. 612 543 6075.