To the promised land
A tale of the first Norwegian emigration to the US
By Bill Osmundsen
Norwegian American Weekly
In May, storyteller Anne Elisebeth Skogen gave her performance titled “Through Hell Gate to the Promised Land” to two lucky audiences: she visited the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in New York on May 11, and Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 17. Her story is about the first Norwegian emigrants, who arrived in New York on Oct. 9, 1825, with the sloop Restauration.
Skogen has always been a storyteller. Sometimes telling tales can get a young person in trouble at school, but for Skogen there has always been something magical and compelling about her storytelling....
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