Sons of Norway Kong Sverre Lodge held its May event in Story City with the program “In Trunks, Hands and Hearts: What Norwegian Immigrants Brought to the United States” by Laurann Gilbertson, chief curator at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah.

Gilbertson spoke about the trunks which Norwegian immigrants brought with them from their homeland that held the belongings they chose to bring to start their new lives in America.

Between 1825 and 1980, nearly one million Norwegians left for new lives in America.

Members and guests celebrated Norway’s Constitution Day called “Syttende Mai” with Norsk food and desserts. Sons of Norway Events are open to all interested in learning more about Scandinavian heritage and culture and guests are always welcome.