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Material Culture and People's Art Among the Norwegians in America - 0877320829

Material Culture and People's Art Among the Norwegians in America - 0877320829

Marion Nelson, Ed. Material Culture and People's Art Among the Norwegians in America, © 1994 The Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, Minnesota, Hardcover, 160 pages, 0-87732-082-9. 

From the Publisher

Material Culture and People's Art Among the Norwegians in America represents no one single approach to the study of objects as indicators of culture. It is a collection of essays by scholars writing from various points of view on the material things made or chosen by Norwegian Americans for use or veneration. All the authors find in these things a reflection of cultural origins, something obvious but often very subtle. The volume thus is a step toward defining the distinctive Norwegian contribution to American material culture in areas where immigrants from Norway settled.

By tracing their remarkable record in collecting and preservation, the first essay emphasizes the psychological significance to Norwegian Americans of even the most humble objects from the past. The following two essays reveal how in rural immigrant architecture both the placement of buildings and their internal divisions reflect traditional Norwegian concepts even when these are concealed beneath an appearance of conformity to American practice.

Table of Contents

  • Material culture and ethnicity: collecting and preserving Norwegian Americana before World War II
    By Marion John Nelson
  • Acculturation in buildings and farmsteads in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, from 1850 to 1930
    By Reidar Bakken
  • "Good building stone and a 'lay of the land' that makes for 'hominess': Norwegian-American settlement patterns and architecture in Bosque County, Texas
    By Kenneth A. Breisch
  • "Well, I wondered when I saw you, what all these new clothes meant"
    By Carol Colburn
  • Vinaigrettes, little immigrant treasures
    By M.A. Madson
  • S.O. Lund, a community artist from Norway
    By Carlin Hibbard
  • Altars in the Norwegian-American church: an opportunity for folk expression
    By Kristin M. Anderson

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

LC control no.: 94227083
Type of material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Main title: Material culture and people’s art among the Norwegians in America / edited by Marion John Nelson.
Published/Created: Northfield, Minn. : Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1994.
Related names: Nelson, Marion J.
Norwegian-American Historical Association.
Description: ix, 228 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
ISBN-10: 0877320829
ISBN-13: 978-0877320821
Contents: Material culture and ethnicity: collecting and preserving Norwegian Americana before World War II / Marion John Nelson -- Acculturation in buildings and farmsteads in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, from 1850 to 1930 / Reidar Bakken -- "Good building stone and a ’lay of the land’ that makes for ’hominess’: Norwegian-American settlement patterns and architecture in Bosque County, Texas / Kenneth A. Breisch -- "Well, I wondered when I saw you, what all these new clothes meant" / Carol Colburn -- Vinaigrettes, little immigrant treasures / M.A. Madson -- S.O. Lund, a community artist from Norway / Carlin Hibbard -- Altars in the Norwegian-American church: an opportunity for folk expression / Kristin M. Anderson.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
Subjects: Norwegian Americans --History.
Norwegian Americans --Material culture.
Norwegian American folk art.
LC classification: E184.S2 M38 1994
Dewey class no.: 973/.043982
Other system no.: (OCoLC)31053835
Geographic area code: n-us---
Quality code: lccopycat

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