Vesterheim Commons Dedication

Vesterheim Commons Dedication
September 30, 2023

Save the date for an opening celebration of this new addition to Vesterheim!

Everyone is invited to the Ribbon Cutting and Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Water Street. Entertainment, demonstrators, and refreshments will follow from 2:00-4:00 p.m. including the Nordic Dancers and Luren Singers. The museum will be open with free admission from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The historic buildings in Heritage Park will be open from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
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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.