History buffs and others enjoy ‘Viking of All Ages’ festival at Green Bay and Manitowoc Campuses

The Viking House on UW-Green Bay, Green Bay Campus and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences teamed up to provide fun for “Vikings of All Ages” last week, Thursday, Oct. 3. The free Viking Festival event featured three performances by Viking storyteller Adrian Spendlow (United Kingdom) and the Viking wrestling troupe Telge Glima (Sweden.)

“I just really love it when I see students who are really excited about the old traditions and learning how to do things with their hands and to problem-solve…,” Prof. Heidi Sherman (Humanities) shared with Fox 11. More from the Manitowoc Campus on Facebook.

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Viking House Storytelling and Games

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Viking Festival combines history with bruises | WLUK

A festival on UW-Green Bay’s campus aims to draw out your inner Viking. Performers and historians gathered at the Viking House near Wood Hall on campus Thursday for the UWGB Viking Festival.

The event celebrates Scandinavian heritage with stories and Viking game demonstrations that can be appreciated by people of all ages, with or without Viking ancestry.

Via Viking Festival combines history with bruises | WLUK.

Archives and Area Research Center, Viking House and Richter Museum opening doors for its History Treasure Tour, tonight

The Brown County Federation of History Organizations (BCFHO) announced that it will once again host its History Treasure Tour on May 15, 2019 from 4 to 8 pm. Sixteen Brown County Historical locations will open their doors for FREE, revealing many of the community’s “hidden” treasures. This exciting event encourages the public to explore Brown County’s rich historical past, while enjoying fun, hands-on activities, special behind-the-scenes tours, and exclusive access to expert staff in unique historical environments. Go to one location, or try and make them all, the night is yours to choose!

Participating organizations include:
Ashwaubenon Historical Society The Historic Allouez Society
The Automobile Gallery National Railroad Museum
Brown County Historical Society & Hazelwood
Historic House Museum Neville Public Museum Northeast Wisconsin Masonic Library & Museum
De Pere Historical Society White Pillars Museum Oneida Nation Museum
Green Bay & De Pere Antiquarian Society UWGB Archives & Area Research Center
Green Bay Diocese Museum and Cultural Center UWGB Richter Museum of Natural History
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame UWGB Viking House
Heritage Hill State Park

In addition to the History Treasure Tour, BCFHO is pleased to announce something new this year: Passport2History. This pass is a great way for residents and tourists alike to enjoy 10 different Brown County museums throughout the summer, at one great price. This program runs from May 25 through September 2, 2019, and the great thing is that Passports can be purchased the night of the History Treasure Tour on May 15 from participating locations.

Purchasing the Passport gives you one day admission to each of these unique locations:
Ashwaubenon Historical Society Heritage Hill State Park
The Automobile Gallery The Historic Allouez Society
Brown County Historical Society & Hazelwood
Historic House Museum National Railroad Museum Oneida Nation Museum
De Pere Historical Society White Pillars Museum UWGB Archives & Area Research Center
Green Bay & De Pere Antiquarian Society

UW-Green Bay Prof. Heidi Sherman named Viking Apprentice for 2019

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman (History), who is the curator of UW-Green Bay’s Viking House, will be off to Scandinavia next year as the 2019 Viking Connection apprenticeship recipient.

Heidi by the wood pile
Prof. Heidi Sherman readies the Viking House

Viking Connection is an outreach program run by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Minnesota. The program is committed to preserving and presenting Viking Age folk art in the the Midwest. The Viking Connection Apprenticeship Program provides an opportunity for students of Viking Age crafts to study under a skilled master artist in Scandinavia. Learn more about Viking Connection by visiting its website. 

During her time in Scandinavia, Sherman will look to further develop her skills in processing flax to fiber. Spinning, weaving and learning more about nettles or hemp fibers may also be a part of her study.

There are opportunities to learn more about the Viking Age right on the UW-Green Bay campus thanks to the Viking House. Donated by Owen and Elspeth Christianson, the Viking House replica moved onto campus in Fall 2017. The Norwegian timber-framed house was built based on careful researching of Viking Age building traditions in Norway. Learn more about the Viking House, and be sure to check out Viking House events.


Donors receive recognition for Viking House addition to UW-Green Bay

On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, friends of the University gathered to thank the generous donors who helped bring the Viking House to UW-Green Bay. Among them, Owen and Elspeth Christianson, who built and donated the Viking House, rebuilding it on the UW-Green Bay campus in fall of 2017; and Tom Olson, who provided funding to help with the Viking House relocation in honor of his father, Harry Olson.

The dedication plaques will remain on the exterior of the building:

The Viking House
Donated by Owen and Elspeth Christianson
This “grindbygg” or Norwegian trestle-framed house, was given to UW-Green Bay by Owen and Elspeth Christianson in 2017 in recognition of the History faculty’s dedication to applied learning and experiential archaeology. The house is similar to those houses in Norway more than a thousand years ago during the Viking Age and is a testament to the Christiansons’ love of learning while sharing their passion with the UW-Green Bay community.

The Viking House is sponsored by Tom Olson in honor of his father, a proud Norseman.
Harry O. Olson
May 23, 1921 – May 9, 2006
Born in to a Norwegian-American family, Harry was raised on a farm near Postville, Iowa. Proud of his Norwegian heritage, he spoke the language fluently and was a member of the Sons of Norway and Numedal Lag. He was a World War II Army veteran and a respected Green Bay attorney. He lived a life of service to his family, church, clients and community.

“Takk, Far. mange tusen takk.” (Translation: “Thank you, father. Many thousand thanks.”

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Viking House Reception 8-1-2018

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UW-Green Bay Viking House is a History Tour Road Rally stop

Brown County is celebrating its 200th anniversary. The Brown County Historical Society is celebrating by organizing a History Tour Road Rally. The History Tour Road Rally kicks off at Voyageur Park in De Pere at 9 a.m., Saturday, August 25, 2018. The idea is to get residents to places where they normally would not stop. Heidi Sherman, chair of History at UW-Green Bay explains that the tour is meant to be a fun excursion for people who might normally think “Eh, history is kind of boring.” One of the stops is the Viking House at UW-Green Bay, which helps visitors to experience the Viking age, hands-on. Elspeth Christianson, one of the donors and builders of the Viking House, says he first built it for personal use to experiment with cooking and weaving, but wanted to share the experience with others as well. Read the full story at WBAY.