• Religion and Norwegian American Quilts

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    Name: Religion and Norwegian American Quilts
    Date: November 11, 2017
    Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST
    Event Description:
    Quilts and quiltmaking have been closely connected to the religious identities of Norwegian-American women in the Midwest in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and to the churches themselves. 

    The Lutheran Church was an important institution, socially as well as religiously, for many Norwegian-American families.

    Through Kvindeforening, or Ladies Aid, women learned to make quilts, practiced English, built and maintained social relationships, and sold quilts and textiles to fund local, national, and global projects.

    Some quilts made by devout Norwegian Americans show evidence of faith in imagery and language with embroidered scenes from the Bible and Bible verses in Norwegian. 

    The Norwegian language persisted longest when it came to matters of faith.  Many quiltmakers attended a church that conducted services in their native language and their daughters often grew up worshiping (reading, speaking, and singing) in Norwegian.

    Laurann Gilbertson holds a BA in Anthropology and an MS in Textiles & Clothing, both from Iowa State University. She was Textile Curator at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, for 19 years and is now the Chief Curator there. Among her duties are overseeing the collection of more than 30,000 artifacts, creating exhibitions, and leading Textile Study Tours to Norway.
    Norwegian Heritage Center
    277 W. Main Street
    Stoughton, WI 53589
    Date/Time Information:
    November 11, 2017
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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    Free and open to the public
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  • Grape Expectations November 2

  • November 2, 6pm at the Stoughton Country Club

    Announcing our 8th Annual wine and food pairing event for a good cause! Grape Expectations is a fundraiser for the Rae Ladd Volunteer Scholarship Program which supports two graduating Stoughton High School students. Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s active volunteerism.
    Each food offering is paired with both a red and white wine. 
    Amazing prizes are yours to win at the raffle.
    Bring a friend, socialize, and connect with others while supporting a great cause. 
    $50 Per Person through October 27
    $60 Per Person after October 27 and at the door

    Mail your check here:
    Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
    532 E Main St
    Stoughton, Wisconsin
    To pay with a credit card, stop by the Chamber Office.
    More information: 608-873-7912
    See you there!

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