Support Vesterheim's Bold Future

Every Gift Matters

Every gift matters. We are not all invited to give equally. We are all equally invited to give. We experience time and again that when taken together there will be gifts enough to make this project a reality.

Imagine what your support might help us accomplish.

A five-year pledge period allows you to consider making a more impactful gift than you might first realize. The chart below illustrates how to manage a significant personal gift to the campaign.

All gifts to the Strong Roots | Bold Future campaign will be held in a capital projects account separate from museum operating funds and used solely for projects within the scope of this campaign. 

Named Gift Opportunities are offered to individuals, families, foundations, and businesses at specific donation levels. Construction of Vesterheim Commons will begin as soon as sufficient gifts and commitments have been received.

Legacy/Planned Gifts

The Strong Roots | Bold Future Campaign is also a great opportunity to help grow Vesterheim’s bold future through a legacy or planned gift. 

We would be happy to help you explore planned giving options with you.

Contact us and someone will be in touch to talk with you soon.

How You Can Make A Difference


Cash gifts can be made through credit/debit card transactions, or personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders made payable to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum/Campaign. Donations can be made online or by completing the campaign pledge form and returning via mail.

Matching Donations

Many corporations offer matching gift programs. Such programs may allow donors to double or even triple the amount of their contribution. Matching gift forms are available from company personnel or human resource offices.

Appreciated Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds

An alternative to cash is a gift of appreciated securities. Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds owned for more than one year and that have increased in value are popular assets used for charitable giving.  Please consult your financial professional for advice on maximizing your campaign gift plans. A brokerage account transfer form is available from the Development Office or you can download a copy.

Help Us Grow Vesterheim

Need Help Now?

If you want to speak to someone about how you can support Vesterheim’s bold new future, call Diane Wagner or Kim Toussaint.

Diane Wagner: 563-382-9681 x103

Kim Toussaint: 563-382-9681 x105

A Re-imagined, Open, and Accessible Heritage Park

The first major project of the Strong Roots | Bold Future campaign is the re-imagining of Heritage Park, the outdoor exhibit and program space for Vesterheim’s 12 historic buildings. Heritage Park Opens Summer 2021. Guided by the Snøhetta master plan, Heritage Park has been designed by Damon Farber Landscape Architects to be a fully accessible and open public space reminiscent of Norway’s forests and glades. Here people can connect with one another amidst tangible historic buildings set in nature.

Beginning at the plaza that depicts the 1825 voyage of immigrants on the ship Restauration, meandering pathways will guide visitors around gentle glades, past a community amphitheater, and through the expanded parkwhere history comes alive by experiencing how Norwegian pioneers lived.

Special care has been given to create an environmentally sensitive community park with native plantings and woodlands appropriate to this Driftless Area of America’s Midwest, permeable pavers, and sustainable stormwater management.