Art Lee’s interest in things Scandinavian came understandably and naturally, having been born and raised in the Norwegian-American town of Scandinavia, Wisconsin. Three of his four grandparents were emigrants from Norway. Later in life, Art visited Norway and “saw where it all started” when he visited the exact placethe house, outbuildings, and tiny farm which his emigrant grandfather left to reach his Vesterheim (Western home) in the U.S. He recommends such a trip to all Americans interested in their heritage, as this helped him come full circle with that fuzzy notion called “American-Norwegianess,” if there is such a word. So why does the author write about things Scandinavian in general and Norwegians in particular? Because his college freshman English teacher told him to write about things one knows, and so he writes about plain, small-town folks as they relate to each other, their heritage, and their community. A retired history professor, Lee believes that history is too often thought of as a dry subject that’s always about Presidents or Politicians or Wars or Tariffs with too many dates to memorize. Not so, says Lee; “History is about people.” And while the Big Histories concern themselves with the changing patterns in civilizations, it is the Little Histories that affect and interest most people. Relationships: That’s Real History.
Scandinavians actually are modest people, says author Art Lee. His fifth book on Norwegian America drives this point home with fun stories and observations, sprinkled with historical photographs, graphics and even song lyrics.
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