On July 5, 1825 the sloop Restaurasjonen left from Stavanger with 52 people aboard. This is considered to be the first organized emigration party to leave from Norway. The passengers came from the southwestern part of Norway, many from Tysvær. Our Speaker Dale Goodman, is a direct descendant of both great-grandparents and 3 great-great-great aunts who were passengers on the Restuarasjonen. He will talk about the events leading up to the voyage, why it took until October 9 for them to reach America, what happened in the new colony they established in upstate New York and ultimately how they ended up in what is now Norway, Illinois.
Dale has a long time interest in Norwegian culture and history and lives in Decorah, Iowa. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center which is located there.
- Times: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
- Admission: Free