Wondering why on earth people would ever live in a place this frickin’ cold as you attempted to defrost your car locks with the steam from your coffee this AM? Just blame our Norwegian heritage. Well, and the Swedes and the Danish and the French, but more importantly, the Norwegians, who have been involved in Minneapolis culture, politics, and business for more than a century.
OK, maybe we do like them, at least enough to hang out and celebrate our history. According to the STrib, a vision to create a gathering place for Norwegians that began almost a decade ago is finally coming to fruition next year. The first move was made by Norway House in 2004 when the Minneapolis consulate closed. Plans were solidified earlier this year when the organization finally bought a space for the Norway House Education Center. (Think Swedish Institute, but, gloriously, with more lefse.)
The Education Center, a $10 million development, will serve as a conference and event center, complete with a banquet hall, café, gift shop, classroom, exhibit, and performance space. The building is adjacent to Mindekirken, the 84-year-old Lutheran church off E. Franklin Avenue.