Syttende Mai with Vesterheim

(Driftless Multimedia photos by Roz Weis)

(Driftless Multimedia photos by Roz Weis)

Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, celebrated Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day, on May 17, with activities on campus in Decorah and a live-stream fiddle concert online. 

Syttende Mai is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814 at Eidsvoll, and Norwegians celebrate it with excited crowds – especially children – in the streets, waving flags and singing songs. 

Outside, the Children’s Parade made it’s way through Vesterheim Heritage Park and Decorah’s Nordic Dancers performed.

Watch for more photos in the Decorah Public Opinion newspaper.

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