Luther College Moment in History #91

 

Inga Bredesen Norstog was the first curator and director of the Norwegian-American Historical Museum. Norstog became part of the Luther College faculty in 1947 and during her 13 years in this position, she made numerous improvements in the museum’s displays, and was highly successful in increasing its publicity. Norstog was director of the 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. College History authors Leigh Jordahl and Harris Kaasa refer to Halvor as a "charming novel of the experiences of an early-day Luther student" (Stability and Change, p 23). Norstag also translated other important documents from Norwegian which are located in the Luther College archives.