Museum exhibits will close Jan. 31

Museum exhibits will close Jan. 31 The latest exhibit in Sletwold Hall, W.H. Over Museum, "Tools and Trinkets of the Scandinavians on the Northern Plains," an invitational exhibit which has been on view since late November, will close Saturday, Jan. 31. It has been a very enjoyable and informative exhibit.

Included in it are a number of things from the collection, stamps, trunks and tools that were brought to the U.S. by immigrants when they came to settle in our area. Other artifacts were lent to us for the exhibit by various interested persons. Most of the items were purchased or made after they had arrived, but represent the country from which they or their families had emigrated.

Included are such things as a Santa Lucia costume and Christmas ornaments from Sweden, pewter and porcelain dishes from Norway, lovely glass vases made in Sweden, and silver jewelry from Finland. In addition, there are examples of the traditional needlework of the Norwegian women, hardanger, and the technique of decorating plain wooden objects common to most of the northern European countries, rosemaling.

Five flags representing the five Scandinavian countries and an American flag bring the room alive. These were lent by Dalesburg Lutheran Church, Wayne and Esther Knutson, Solveig Korte, Maxine and Allen Johnson, Dorothy Neuhaus, Sarah Hillmer, Robert Tosterud, Carol Broderson, Beverly Jones, Doris Forrest and Aasa Jensen.

Everyone is invited to come to the 6 p.m. Friday supper, program, and annual meeting. The next exhibition in Sletwold Hall, The Native American Costumes of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, will open Feb. 7. Museum hours for these cold winter days are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The free Saturday classes sponsored by the Friends of the Museum, Education Committee, begin 9:30 a.m., Jan. 31 with Lewis and Clark Botany, an illustrated talk by Dr. Brian Hazlett. Everyone interested is invited. Call 677-5228 for further information.

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