Jennifer Kovarik Vesterheim Museum.jpgUnbending Purpose: Conflict, Controversy, and the Founding of
Norwegian-American Lutheran Colleges in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Jennifer Kovarik
Friday, 10:15 am

Academies, preparatory schools, colleges, and seminaries were established in many Norwegian communities throughout the United States. Very early in their history, Norwegians in America agreed upon the need for schools of higher education; however, they could not always agree upon how and sometimes even where to do this. Learn about some of the 19th and early 20th century doctornal controversies and personal conflicts within the Lutheran churches that produced these schools and even helped some survive into the present day.

Jennifer Kovarik is Vesterheimís registrar and youth educator.She holds a B.A. in history and English from Luther College and a M.A. in teaching elementary education from Hastings College, Hastings, NE. In addition to researching and documenting the collections, she oversees the museumís archives and library collections and has curated exhibits. As an educator, Jennifer creates, directs, and teaches many of Vesterheimís successful school-age programs, including the Pioneer Immersion Program for 4th graders. During her 18 years at Vesterheim, she has also been involved with coordinating and facilitating annual events, folk art classes, Elderhostel programs and tours to Norway.