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Cummins Inc.
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Norwegian Culture

Stoughton Norwegian Dancers - The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers is a group made up of Stoughton High School students who perform authentic Scandinavian dances. The group began in 1953, with their first performance in Stoughton's own Syttende Mai (Norwegian Independence Day) parade. Today, they share their talents all across the United States, entertaining young and old and hopefully leaving behind an increased awareness of Norwegian heritage. The students who are members of the group are pleased to have the opportunity to bring to each of you a little of the traditions of Norway.

Livesreise, Norwegian Herritage Center - Stoughton's newest attraction is the Norwegian Heritage Center called Livsreise, which translates into 'life's journey'.  The center tells the universal story of immigration through the lens of the Norwegian-American immigration in the late 1800's.  The Koshonong Prairie region attracted many immigrant form Norway, with it's fertile farmland and prosperous industries.  Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30am to 4:30pm, free admission.

Sons of Norway - Sons of Norway is a fraternal organization for people with an interest in Norwegian heritage and culture. You don’t have to be Norwegian or a man to belong- anyone with an interest in Norwegian heritage and culture can join. Mandt Lodge 5-314 celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2016 and always welcomes anyone to our meetings, events and activities! Mandt Lodge has over 200 members and has been named Family Lodge of the Year 2012 and International Lodge of the Year in 1976 and 2013.

Mandt Lodge offers programs and activities for all ages. Families are welcome to attend meetings, bingo and all events as we encourage inter-generational activities. The lodge activities include a 3rd grade cultural event, scholarships, youth camp opportunities, Family Christmas Event, fish boils in April and October, Syttende Mai sit-down dinners and bake sale stands, cultural programs, rosemaling and other classes, bake sales, reading groups, sports programs and much more!  The public is always welcome at Mandt!

Rosemalers - Rosemaling is an art style preserved thanks in part to 19th century immigration from Norway’s farming communities to those of Wisconsin. Since that journey, rosemaling has worked its way into the identity of the state. Made famous by Per Lysne of Stoughton, Wisconsin, in the early 20th century, the art continues to impact cultural media today.

For the most part, the challenges of adapting to life in America meant that the tradition of rosemaling faded. But a revival of the art in the United States was launched by Per Lysne of Stoughton, Wisconsin beginning in the 1930s. Lysne was trained in rosemaling in Norway before immigrating to Stoughton in 1907. His artistic talent helped him get a job painting wagons in a factory, but when the Great Depression slowed business, he turned to his roots for support. His skilled and intricate designs soon popularized the tradition worldwide. 

Hardanger - Hardanger embroidery is a simple form of whitework named after the area of Norway where it is found. This form of needlework involves counted thread stitches, drawn thread work and some pulled thread embroidery.

Traditionally used for linens, caps, and especially aprons, the work was carried out on white fabrics as fine as 50 threads to the inch using white thread, but coarser fabrics and coloured threads are often used nowadays.

Stoughton Top Attraction Stoughton Opera House
Donít miss our crowning jewel, the Stoughton Opera House, offering fall and spring seasons with acts ranging from Doo-Wop to Classical, comedy to drama in this beautifully restored Victorian theatre. Throughout the year, there are other delightful productions by the Yahara River Show, the city band and the community festival choir.
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