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Imsdalen A Story about Norwegian Immigration to Minnesota

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Norway 2016 Video 20 of 21 My great grandparents, Peder and Marit Imsdahl came from Imsdalen, a remote valley located north of Lillehammer in Oppland County Norway. In the 1880s, they immigrated to a small farming community in west central Minnesota. Back in the early 1970s, my Uncle Bob and Aunt Annabel were friends with a family who had a foreign exchange student from Norway that went to New London High school in Minnesota. The exchange students name is Einar Odden, and his wife's name is Bodil. Today they live north of Lillehammer, not far from Imsdalen. Einar is a journalist for the Gudbrandsdlen Dagningen, a Norwegian newspaper 20170101lished in Lillehammer. He knows a lot about the history of Imsdalen and the families that once lived there. I got in touch with Einar before going on this trip, and he agreed to take us on a guided tour of Imsdalen. Between the mid-1800s and the early 1900s, nearly 25 million Europeans immigrated to America. About 800,000 immigrants came from Norway, representing about one third of that countrys population at the time. This video explores the reasons why so many Norwegians immigrated to Minnesota, and why my great grandparents changed their name to Imsdahl after immigrating. A film by Brad Imsdahl King Porter Stomp Written by Jelly Roll Morton and performed by Brad Imsdahl Solveigs Song From Six Song Transcriptions, Opus 52, No. 4 Written by Edvard Grieg and performed by Brad Imsdahl