I have had some delightful exchanges with curators at the Norwegian Folk Museum, The Norwegian Emigrant Museum and Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum over this past week. Today I received several photographs from the Emigrant Museum located in Ottestad, Norway not too far north of Oslo, in other words within easy visiting range if you travel to Norway. If you have gotten the book you should find it easy to identify the costumes by region in these photographs. The other Museums are also easy to find and I encourage you to visit if you are in their area. You will be glad you did.
Also new today is that a copy of the book was delivered to the Library of Congress, so it can be included in their library. I am excited about that. The book is of course available through Amazon.com and through Amazon in Europe. We will soon have a Bowker widget to make buying the book directly through the website easier.
Donna Kaonis of the Antique Doll Collector Magazine has written a thoughtful review of my book for the magazine’s September online version of the September page. The review will appear in the magazine’s print copy in October. I am of course tickled pink with this thorough review. There are slated to be two more editorial reviews later this fall and I will of course, as always, keep you posted.
Last week I also received permission to share with you the Hardanger Bridal Couple given to Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in 1975. As it turns out they own a few more dolls. I am looking forward to seeing photos of them.
Hardanger Bridal Couple, Vesteheim Norwegian American Museum, 1975
Within the next couple of weeks copies of the book will have arrived at three museums, two in Norway and one in the US, destined for their libraries. The enthusiastic response to my offer of sending copies was warming. Norsk Folkemuseum (the Norwegian Folk Museum) In Oslo, Norway and the Migration Museum/Emigrant Museum in Ottestad, Norway have their collection of Rønnaug Petterssen’s dolls still on display. Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, while they don’t own a collection of dolls, nevertheless have a beautiful bridal couple from Hardanger. These two dolls were a gift from the Norwegian Folk Museum in 1975 on the occasion of a visit from King Olav V who was in the United States to mark 150 years of Norwegian emigration. Already in the works at the time was the purchase of a collection of dolls by Norsk Utenriksdepartement (the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) also in the connection with the 150 year celebration. This collection, designed as a travelling exhibit, consisted of 26 dolls and opened in New York. After the opening it traveled on to various locations through out the US to promote Norway, Norwegian Culture and travel to Norway. The collection is now permanently housed at the Emigrant Museum. To read more about it you will need to get the book.