Prairie Public - Prairie Mosaic 2022 (Funded by North Dakota Council of the Arts)
Buxton In Bloom: Grue Church Project
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Sunday fundraiser set for Grue Church Project near Buxton
Organizers hope to preserve the church building as a heritage, cultural and sacred space in Traill County that will also be a home to special events for people connected to the site from around the globe, including friends and families in Norway.
A photo of the Grue Church building circa 1901 in rural Buxton, North Dakota. Special to The Forum
BUXTON, N.D. - A fundraising event is set for Sunday, June 26, for the Grue Church Project, (https://www.gruechurchproject.com/about.html) an effort to preserve the 130-year-old Grue Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church building in rural Buxton.
The church closed in 2021, when the Grue congregation decided there was no choice but to disband and close the building.
The nonprofit Grue Church Project was formed with the aim of preserving the church building as a heritage, cultural and sacred space in Traill County that will also be a home to special events for people connected to the site from around the globe, including friends and families in Norway.
The anticipated grand opening of the reconditioned church building is set to coincide with Norway's 2025 National Jubilee of the Bicentennial of Norwegian Emigration.
Sunday's event includes a free-will donation lunch from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. at the church in rural Buxton, with a lecture and music from 1 to 3 p.m.
Lunch will be Swedish meatballs, fresh lefse and lemonade.
The church is at 168th Avenue and 14th Street Northeast in rural Buxton, about 60 miles north of Fargo.
The church and its history have connections to the community of Grue, Norway, where on May 26, 1822, a church caught fire and more than 100 people died.
The minister of the church at the time of the 1822 fire was Iver Hesselberg, great-grandfather of Roald Dahl, author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
In Grue, Norway, the year of 2022 has been set aside as a year to commemorate the Grue church fire.
As a result of the fire, a law was passed in Norway requiring that all egress doors of public buildings open out. Other European countries followed Norway's lead and passed similar rules.
During the 1870s, families from the Grue Church parish in Norway left for the United States and at least two new congregations formed, including one near Ashby, Minnesota, and the other being Grue Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church near Buxton.
If you go:
What: Fundraiser for the Grue Church Project
Where: Grue Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 168th Avenue and 14th Street Northeast in rural Buxton, North Dakota
When: Sunday, June 26 -11 a.m. to 1 p.m. lunch, followed by a lecture and music from 1 to 3 p.m.
RELATED TOPICS: - TRAILL COUNTY NORTH DAKOTA
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SAVE THE DATE: June 26th, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2nd Annual - Lefse and Lemonade
Free-Will Lunch Served: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lecture & Music: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lecture: Kristin Anderson will speak @ 1:00 p.m. about altar painting artist, Sarah Kirkeberg Raugland followed by tour of 3 local churches with Raugland paintings
Kristin Anderson is a Professor of Art at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Her courses include art history and architectural history surveys as well as more specialized offerings such as American Art, Scandinavian Art, and Women and Art. She also teaches a popular course, The Designed Environment, about the architectural and urban history of the Twin Cities. The class meets at a different location for each session, bringing students face-to-face with the buildings and spaces they study.
In 2005, Kristin received the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning award for Excellence in Teaching.
Kristin's current writing and research is focused on sports architecture, and she is co-authoring a book on the history of sports facilities in the Twin Cities for the University of Minnesota Press. Other research interests include Scandinavian-American immigrant folk art and the altar paintings tradition of the Norwegian-Americans. A popular speaker in community and church settings, Kristin also gives tours and presentations at Target Field, focusing on architecture, sustainability issues, women in baseball, and art at the ballpark.
From 2013 until 2018, Kristin served as the president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH), and she was the local co-chair for the 2018 Society of Architectural Historians International Conference in St. Paul. She is the chair of the Minnesota State Review Board for National Register of Historic Places designations.
A graduate of Oberlin College, Kristin has master's degrees in art history (University of Minnesota) and church history (Luther Seminary) as well as a PhD in American Art, Architecture, and Popular Culture from the University of Minnesota.
Kristin Anderson' s Website
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From south western North Dakota, the Waddington Brothers have been performing together since 2004. In the past they toured the United States and Canada with their family as The Waddington Family. They have performed with such notable artists as The Kruger Brothers, Ron Block and Bobby Hicks. The Waddington Brothers are a versatile acoustic group with a musical style that ranges from traditional hard driving bluegrass to the mellow sound and dynamic western harmonies reminiscent of Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers.