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Scandinavian Studies

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"Norwegians in Wisconsin" by Richard J. Fapso

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Interesting Fact:

As a student, Rasmus B. Anderson was kicked out of Luther College for being somewhat rebellious. He was later given an honorary degree by the college.

Study Questions:

  • Anderson was a friend of a famous Norwegian violinist. What was his name?
  • In what country did Anderson serve as the U.S. foreign minister?
  • Anderson led a full and varied life. What were some of his accomplishments?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 2:

    1836: Texas declares its independence from Mexico.
    1904: Theodor Geisel, more widely known as Dr. Seuss, is born.

  • March 2

    March 2, 1936: Norwegian-American Rasmus B. Anderson died in Madison. He was born on January 12, 1846 in the town of Albion, Dane County. He was a scholar of Norse culture and history and the founder of the Scandinavian Department at the University of Wisconsin, the first of its kind in the country.

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