Inga Bredesen Norstog

First curator and director of the Norwegian-American Historical Museum (1947-1960)

Early Years

Inga Bredesen Norstog was born in 1885.

Years at Luther

Inga Bredesen Norstog (1885-1960) As the first curator and director of the Norwegian-American Historical Museum, Norstog became part of the Luther College faculty in 1947. During her 13 years in this position, she made numerous improvements to the museum’s displays, and was highly successful in increasing its publicity. Norstog was director of the Norwegian-American museum until shortly before her death in 1960. In addition, she worked together with David T. Nelson to translate Peer Stromme’s Halvor from Norwegian to English. Jordahl and Kaasa refer to Halvor as a "charming novel of the experiences of an early-day Luther student" (Jordahl and Kaasa 23). Norstag translated other important documents from Norwegian which are located in the Luther College archives.

Other Information

Resources in the Luther College Archives

  • Luther College 1861-1961 by David T. Nelson
  • Stability and Change: Luther College in Its Second Century by Leigh D. Jordahl and Harris E. Kaasa

Works Referenced

  • Jordahl, Leigh D. and Harris E. Kaasa, Stability and Change: Luther College in Its Second Century, Luther College Press, Decorah: 1986.
  • Nelson, David T., Luther College 1861-1961, Luther College Press, Decorah: 1961.
  • Who's Who in the Luther College Archives

External Resources