Local Mission of Giants of the Earth Heritage Center

Norwegian Ridge Viking Pioneers.
Norwegian Ridge Viking Pioneers.

Mission of Giants of the Earth Heritage Center

THE GIANTS OF THE EARTH HERITAGE CENTER, was originally incorporated in 2009 as a non-profit educational institution, dedicated to honoring, preserving, and interpreting the history and heritage of the people from Spring Grove’s Norwegian Ridge in southeastern Minnesota. Drawing on a rich cultural history, the Center records and reflects the achievements of indigenous peoples and immigrants to the Spring Grove area. The Center draws upon varied resources, while also providing a gathering place and a sense of community and identity to its public.

To realize its purpose, the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center has four goals:
  1. to function as an educational center and source of inspiration for a wide public;
  2. to preserve and share its collections and resources that are held in trust;
  3. to acquire, through purchase and gift, significant artifacts and documentary materials relevant to the heritage and people of the Spring Grove Norwegian Ridge area; and
  4. to present the collections, related exhibitions, and interpretive programming to the general public, students of all ages, visitors, and scholars in a manner consistent with the highest educational and artistic standards.

The significance of this shared heritage mandates an important role for the institution as a laboratory for intergenerational and experiential opportunities, which immerse participants in a continuing story of the American experience.  

 
 

 

 

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2 Replies to “Local Mission of Giants of the Earth Heritage Center”

  1. I love it! I can’t wait to come in person. I am part of a small 5-year old museum and genealogy group in Luck, WI. We just received $90 grant for a heritage center. We need advice. Our group has been hit with health problems, and main leader’s death this year, so we are really short of volunteers. I am so excited to learn from you.
    Judy

  2. I believe subject #3 in your photo (Tosten Lommen) to be “Tosten Johnson Lommen” b. 7/18/1834 in Vestre Slidre, Vladers, Norway and died Apr. 24, 1914 in Climax, Polk Co, MN and buried in Blackhammer Cemetery near Spring Grove, MN. He was the brother of my ancestor Jon Johnson Lommen (1831-1911). Tosten was one of five sons of Jon Anfinson Lommen, all of whom cam to America in about 1851. The brothers would have been known as “Johnson” in Norway but were advised to pick a more Americanized name on arrive in America. Some of the brothers chose “Lommen” since they were from Lommen parrish in Norway.

    Tosten came at age 17 on the passenger bark Emanuel in 1851, departing from Bergen and arriving in New York on June 18, noted “from Vestre Slidre.” Two of the four brothers are listed as “Johnsens” and two as “Lommens” on the passenger manifest.

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