DOUBLE Your Gift to Vesterheim’s Bold Future!


The Nordic Fest Matching Gift Challenge was a HUGE success! Tusen Takk!
Thanks to four anonymous matching gift donors and 146 supporters who took up the challenge during Nordic Fest, we were able to raise nearly $210,000 for the Strong Roots | Bold Future, The Campaign to Grow Vesterheim! We are overwhelmed by the generous response.

When was the last time your $1.00 became $2.00? Or $100 became $200? That would be an impressive return on investment!

Well, it’s happening now.

A very good friend of Vesterheim has given us a $50,000 challenge. From now through Nordic Fest, July 27-29, this generous donor is going to match dollar-for-dollar every new gift to Strong Roots | Bold Future, The Campaign to Grow Vesterheim.

Imagine what this means. $50,000 becomes $100,000 . . . with your generous help.

Join us in meeting this challenge by donating now here.

If you prefer, you can call Diane Wagner, Vice President of Development, at 563-382-9681, ext. 103, or email her at

You should know that already The Campaign to Grow Vesterheim has sailed past its Celebration Goal of $9 million. Now we have an opportunity to meet this Challenge Goal. Every gift counts, every gift makes a difference. And every donor to this campaign will be forever honored on the donor recognition display prominently located in the new Vesterheim Commons.

Vesterheim’s future is bold and bright. Your gift is an expression of your belief in that bold future. We count on you to help us meet this challenge.

And if you are in Decorah for Nordic Fest, be one of the first to take a sneak peek of the stunning new Vesterheim Commons. You’ll be so proud of helping make it a reality.

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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 opened in summer 2021. Guided by the Snøhetta master plan, Heritage Park has been designed by Damon Farber Landscape Architects to be an 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.