History News and Events

Washington Prairie Cemetery

Scandinavian Immigration students visit local cemetery

In September 2014, Professor Peterson's Scandinavian immigration history course took a field trip to Washington Prairie Lutheran Church and Cemetery outside Decorah. There they examined some of the older gravestones to determine how the headstones showed Norwegian Americans' connection with their Norwegian heritage changing over time.

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Abigail and Emily in front of the Supreme Court building

Local History Day Students Reach Nationals

Abigail Toussaint and Emily Franzen, who were eighth graders last year at St. Ben's in Decorah, took their National History Day website all the way to nationals. They spent seven days in Washington DC and at the University of Maryland and placed in the top 20 junior group websites. The top 14 websites were chosen for finals, which unfortunately did not include these Iowans, so they placed somewhere between 15-21 out of 98 group websites from around the country.

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Robert and Victoria in Munster

A Missive from Münster

Victoria and Robert Christman took a moment from the last busy days of their sabbatical to send us a missive on what they’ve been up to this year in Europe. Victoria elaborates,

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Photo courtesy of the US Holocaust Museum

Teaching the History of the Holocaust

At the beginning of June, Anna Peterson attended a two-week faculty seminar on teaching the history of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Rachel Selvig

2014 Fosso Prize

We'd like to congratulate 2014 graduating senior Rachel Selvig. The history department has awarded her its annual Fosso Prize for the best research paper completed in history at Luther College.

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2014 Graduation History profs

2014 Graduation

On Saturday, May 24, the history department celebrated the achievements of its graduating seniors at a reception at Baker Commons.

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Dr. Gulliksen and Dr. Peterson answering questions from the audience.

Gjerset Lecture a success

An audience of students, faculty, and community members filled Olin 102 for the resumption of the Knut Gjerset Lecture upon the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution.

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Cate Anderson

Senior Paper Presentations

History majors will be presenting their senior papers on Wednesday, May 7 at 7:00 pm at an event put on by the history department. Several history majors are also presenting their work on Friday May 9 at the Luther College Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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