Grant Herfindahl Interview, 1979
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West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center, Morris, MN
Norwegian Americans; Norway--Emigration and immigration; United States--Emigration and immigration; Benson (Minn.); Norwegian Americans--Minnesota--Swift County; Frontier and pioneer life--North Dakota; Lutheran Church--Minnesota; Lutherans--Minnesota--Swift County; Farm life--Minnesota--Swift County; Norwegian language
This interview centers around Norwegian settlement patterns in Swift County around Benson. The role of culture and kinship in determining settlements was discussed. The centrality of the church in the ethnic community was another topic mentioned. Herfindahl discusses his family's relationship to the Farmer/Labor party and to "radical" politics in general. Language and generational attitudes towards language maintenance are discussed.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Herfindahl, Grant, "Grant Herfindahl Interview, 1979" (1979). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 113.