7-Lag Stevne
July 20-23, 2017
Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

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Area Tours

Tour times, prices, and details will be posted in early 2017. 


 Harmony MN Harmony  Area Historical Society: Herbjørn Gausta Exhibit and Memorial
Herbjørn Gausta was born in Vestfjørddalen, Telemark, Norway, June 16, 1854 on the Gausta farm. He emigrated to Harmony, Minnesota in 1867.
Gausta entered a training program for parochial school teachers at Luther College in 1872. Three years later he returned to Oslo where he studied at Knu Bergslien's Academy of Art and continued his studies at the Munich Academy of Art.  He returned to America in 1882. He set up a studio in Minneapolis in 1888.  He painted portraits, copies of master works, caricatures, and over 400 altar paintings for churches.  He died in Minneapolis in 1924 and is buried in Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony.  Torkel Oftelie of Telelaget started a fund drive and in 1927 a granite monument over sixteen feet tall was erected in Gausta's honor at the cemetery.
Bily Clock Museum
Bachelor brothers Frank and Joseph Bily, carved clocks every winter for over 50 years. Most of the clocks are huge, and fully animated with wooden figures and built-in music boxes.
On the second floor there is an exhibit honoring composer Antonin Dvorak.

   Suggested Self Tours:                   

 Vesterheim: The National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily in downtown Decorah.

Seed Savers Heritage Farm:  Seed Savers collects and protects heritage seeds.  They have over 20,000 plant varieties and 1,000 heritage apple trees. At their Heritage Farm, each year they grow selected varieties to monitor their health and accurately catalog their traits. 
  Historic Decorah: Decorah was founded in 1849, and many of its historic buildings have been preserved.  
  Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum:  Located about 15 miles north of Decorah in Burr Oak, Iowa, the Masters Hotel served as the home of the Ingalls family after they left Walnut Grove.  


Host for 2017: Telelaget

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