Take a look at Norwegians' early lives in Minnesota

A new museum exhibit, "New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota, 1825-1925," will open Feb. 21 at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.

One in five Minnesotans claim Norwegian ancestry. Norwegians, along with Swedes and Danes, made up one of the larger and earlier ethnic groups to settle Minnesota, providing common experiences and common ground with later immigrants, all striving to be Americans.

The exhibit features information about the timeline and effects of Norwegian immigration, photographs and memorabilia, artifacts on loan from Sons of Norway members and a film. It is free and open to the public.

The St. Paul Sons of Norway will host a gala opening reception from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 with free concert at noon by the Schubert Club featuring "Skalmusik," a five-piece ensemble from Brainerd.

Norwegian cultural skills events and programs are scheduled throughout the dates of the exhibit on Saturday mornings, including children's activities and author presentations. All events are listed on the website of the St. Paul Sons of Norway Synnove-Nordkap Lodge at http://synnove1.com.

The exhibit was developed by St. Paul Sons of Norway, and is hosted by the Ramsey County. Historical Society. It will be on display through June 20 in the RCHS north gallery on the main floor of the Landmark Center, located at75 W. Fifth Street in downtown St. Paul.

Call the event hotline at 651-292-3225 for more information on hours and parking.

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