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Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival History


In 1977, Joan Tryhus organized the first Scandinavian Festival in Trollwood Fine Arts Park. Since then, Trollwood performing arts camp has emerged and Norsk Hostfest in Minot, MN. Joan’s husband was on the board of the Metropolitan Savings and Loan and Norman Jones provided the sponsorship at Metropolitan. Julie Johnson from the Marketing Department was co-director.

The Fargo Civic downtown became a part 2 days prior. Tryhus featured a different Nordic country each year to foster the development and expansion of six ethnic groups—some of which grew out of the festival. Carrol Juven also helped with Norwegian entertainers and others from Scandinavian countries. The festival is held each year at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN June 22-24.

by Erika Lorentzsen