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"Restauration" bronze by William Barth Osmundsen depicts the first Emigration Craft which sailed from Norway since the Viking Age. Departing from Stavanger, Norway it arrived in New York.  The work was a commission of the Norwegian Immigration Association.  Auctioned in Manhattan, as planned, one year later, the bidding was won by Victor Samuelsen who donated the sculpture to the Norwegian Seamen's Church in Manhattan where it is pictured.



Pin design by William Barth Osmundsen for the NIA.











Anne Elisebeth Skogen during her presentation of “Through Hell Gate to the Promised Land” at the Norwegian Seamen's Church in Manhattan stops to admire Bill Osmundsen's bronze "Restauration".

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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