The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, the organization that runs the museum at the Hjemkomst Center, has begun a year-long fundraising campaign to raise $150,000 for a brand-new exhibition in the ship gallery in time for the 40th anniversary of the voyage in July 2022. Yes, it has been 40 years since that historic voyage took the world by storm and made “Hjemkomst” a household word – even if a lot of people couldn’t pronounce it!
HCSCC Executive Director Maureen Kelly Jonason has been busy writing grants, visiting with potential donors, and giving presentations to groups to raise the funds; she presented to the Sons of Norway membership on Sept. 21. Lodge president John Andreasen then proposed a Member Challenge Match of $2500 to the project, provided the members donate an equal amount to the project. Some members have already dug deep to help out.
The new design concept includes using all of the wall space in the gallery, having removable computer kiosks for additional content, renovating the introduction to the stave church, and displaying changing artifacts from the voyage to be able to tell stories about specific topics such as what the crew ate, how they entertained themselves on the voyage, and what the ham radio communication was like.
So far the HCSCC fundraising committee has raised $114,000 of the $150,000 needed to make sure the exhibition is fully accessible to all. In the meantime, if you would like to contribute to the match campaign, please make your check out to HCSCC, write “SON match” in the Memo line, and mail to HCSCC, 202 1st Ave N. Moorhead, MN 56560. If you prefer to make a donation
online, go to our website www.hcscconline.org and click on Join/Support and scroll to Donate. That link will take you to our Giving Hearts Day donation page and designate your donation to “ship gallery SON match.”
If you would like more information about the project, please contact Maureen at [email protected] or call her at 218-299-5511, Ext. 6732 or stop by her office at the Hjemkomst Center