Mission Statement

The mission of the NIA, Inc. is to document and preserve the rich history of the contributions made by the Norwegian Immigrant Community living in the greater New York area and to make this information readily available to researchers and interested persons in all fields through technology, media, exhibits and educational/cultural events.

History

The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc. (NIA) was established in 1995 as a grass roots effort to celebrate the lives of the Norwegian immigrants who settled in the New York region. By that time, a scant number of Norwegians and their descendants remained in the area. The NIA reached out to all Norwegian-American residents and former residents of New York for funding, artifacts, documents, pictures, etc. to create an exhibit, honoring our heritage. April 26, 2000, the exhibit Norwegians in New York 1825 to 2000: Builders of City, Community and Culture opened at the Ellis Island Museum in New York. Ellis Island curators reported that 2 million visitors passed through the exhibit in six months. Eleven hundred guests attended the opening gala. King Harald and Queen Sonja opened the ceremony and cut the ribbon.

The exhibit then traveled to the Norwegian Emigrant Museum in Hamar, Norway. Today, Norwegians in New York 1825 to 2000 can be visited at its permanent home in Heritage Hall in Brooklyn. Click here for directions to the Heritage Hall in the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center (opens in new window).

Since 2000, five smaller, rotating exhibits have been shown at the NCHHC – we have digitized most of the matter on display, available here, and we are currently (2015) working with the National Library of Norway to digitize and publish Nordisk Tidende online.

The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc., Executive Council

Co-Chairs
Rigmor Swensen
Lars Nilsen

Members
Abel Abrahamsen
Brian Andersson
Walter Barthold
Barbara Berntsen
Sandy Ginsberg
George Jensen
Odette Larsen
Richard J. Litell
Bjarne Pedersen
Victor Samuelsen
Rolf Stang
Vibeke Steineger
Roy Swensen

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