Giants of the Earth

Tour & Reception

New this year! Join your fellow Rosemalers for a pre-convention tour and reception on Sunday evening, June 23, at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, Spring Grove, MN. Located in the middle of what used to be called the Norwegian Ridge, Spring Grove in 1853 became the first Norwegian settlement in Minnesota. Only 25 minutes NE of Decorah!

Become acquainted with the beautiful Spring Grove history murals created by international renowned artists, Sigmund Aarseth, winner of St. Olav’s medal, and Sallie de Reus, a Vesterheim Gold Medalist, famous for creating the Norwegian room at the Epcot center. In addition, Sallie was going to help Sigmund paint the Center’s outside patio; unfortunately, Sigmund passed away before that happened. Sallie completed the project using Sigmund’s designs. Learn about the history of Spring Grove, the Center’s mission, and the creation of the murals. Don’t forget to bring your cameras.

The motorcoach bus will leave Luther College at 5:00pm and arrive in Spring Grove at 5:30pm for a light supper and tour at the Heritage Center. Winneshiek County locally recognized historians will join the group in Decorah and share stories of Decorah and Winneshiek County while we travel to Spring Grove. We will depart Spring Grove at 8:00pm and return to Luther College at 8:30pm. Cost per person is $20.

For more information on the Heritage Center go to or visit the Center on Facebook.

Thank you to the Sons of Norway and Giants of the Earth Heritage Center for hosting Rosemaling Coast to Coast. For questions, contact Charlene Selbee at 505-331-7154 or