Member Tour to Vesterheim

Member Tour to Vesterheim

Vesterheim National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

We invite Textile Center members to join us for a scenic ride through Southeast Minnesota to visit the Vesterheim National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center in Decorah, Iowa. In addition to the exhibitions From Tradition to Protest: Lila Nelson’s Weaving Life and From Underwear to Everywhere: Norwegian Sweaters, you go behind-the-scenes with the Textile Curator Laurann Gilbertson to explore the treasures in the museum’s Textile Storage. The afternoon includes a reception hosted by our friends at Vesterheim, and guests will include members of the Oneota Weavers Guild (which Lila Nelson helped found).

There’s something to inspire every fiber artist and maker at Vesterheim: knitting, embroidery, tapestries, as well as Norwegian and Norwegian-American garments including folk costumes, sweaters, mittens, woven bands and belts, jewelry, buttons and more!

Vesterheim is located in the heart of charming downtown Decorah. Restaurants, the Blue Heron Knittery, Red-Roxy Quilt Co., art shops and more are within easy walking distance. Your hosts for the day include Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim’s chief curator, and Karl Reichert, Textile Center executive director.


  • 7:15 am – Textile Center open with coffee, tea and breakfast snacks for those who arrive early!
  • 8 am – Coach bus departs Textile Center.
  • 11 am to 3 pm – Vesterheim Experience
    This time includes self guided visits to the exhibitions, a curator-guided tour of Textile Storage, and the 2:15 pm reception hosted by Vesterheim. There will be time to eat a box lunch at the museum, and for shopping on your own in the Museum Store and in downtown Decorah.
  • 3 pm – Depart Decorah.
  • 6 pm – Return to Textile Center.

Textile Center Member Price: $85 (lunch, transportation, tours, and reception included). Space is limited to 50. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Members are welcome to host non-member guests! Not a member? Join our membership here!

Questions? Contact Membership Coordinator Sharon Mulhollam at 612.436.0464 or