The Sons of Norway event will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, at the Community Center, 503 Elm Ave. in Story City. Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim Museum Chief Curator, from Decorah, will present the program “Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration through the Lens of Knud Knudsen.”


Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Join us as we look for answers to that question in this exciting presentation that explores emigration through first person accounts, family histories and the stunning black-and-white photography of Bergen, Norway’s Knud Knudsen (1832-1915), who is considered one of Norway’s most important photographers. He would often return to the Hardanger Fjord to capture scenes of everyday life on farms and on the fjord. Despite the idyllic landscape, Knudsen’s work vividly shows why the ever-present threat of rockslides and avalanches, lack of arable land, lack of economic opportunity and savage beauty of life on the fjord led to some of the highest rates of emigration per capita in Norway.


Social time is 6 p.m., with a catered dinner at 6:30. Cost is $7 for members and $12 for guests. Sons of Norway events and dinners are open to all interested in learning more about Scandinavian heritage and culture, and guests are always welcome.


Reservations for the September Sons of Norway Kong Sverre Lodge’s event should be made by Thursday, Sept. 5, by calling Shirley Frandson at 515-733-4482 or Ingrid Place at 515-292-7513.