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Norse-American Centennial Biographies


Many individuals were involved in the Norse-American Centennial.

The Norse-American Centennial was the first of its kind in America, and the attendance of more than 200,000 Norwegian-Americans over four days demonstrates its appeal. It was only possible through the tireless work of so many. 

Norse-American Centennial Executive Committee

Other Important Figures

  • Waldemar Ager, first prize winner in the "Why We Celebrate" essay contest
  • Knut Gjerset, Chairman of the Committee on Exhibitions
  • Sigurd H. Holstad, Managing Director
  • O.J. Kvale, US Representative who was active in Centennial organizing
  • Hanna Astrup Larsen, Author and editor who gave an address at the celebration entitled "The Norse-American Woman"
  • Olaf M. Norlie, second prize winner in the "Why We Celebrate" essay contest
  • Carl O. Pedersen, influential Lutheran pastor involved in organizing centennial celebrations across America
  • Edward G. Quamme, Chairman of the Centennial Finance Committee