The Sons of Norway graciously provided a grant to bring Colorado resident Katherine Linstrom to our area.  Katherine presented a one-woman show depicting the life of Helga Estby, a local homesteader in Canby 1876-1887, complete with costuming and props of the various eras when Helga lived.  A book named "Bold Spirit, Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America" written by Linda Lawrence Hunt, was brought to life on the streets and in the communities of this area.   Helga survived the pioneer experiences of blizzards, grasshoppers, prairie fires, tornado, hailstorms, illness and loss of a child while in this area.  The family moved west to the Spokane, Washington, area and in 1896, Helga walked across American with her daughter, Clara.  Clara and some of the other Estby children went to school district 38 near Canby, and their homestead was on the old Mortenson home site in Hammer township. 
 
The book, "Bold Spirit" is available for purchase at the Canby Depot Information Center.   The book tells the entire story of Helga Estby... her life in Norway as a young girl, her immigration to America, her marriage to Ole, her homesteading life near Canby, her move to near Spokane Falls, Washington and her walk across America in an effort to win a $10,000 prize to save her family, farm, and dignity. 
 
 
 
Canby & Surrounding Area Schedule 2008:
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June 9
Canby
Sons of Norway Vennskap I-554
7:00 PM


 
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Canby Schools -- Presenting the Past to the Present
 
 
June 10
Canby
Helga meets Kids First Summer Program participants
 
 
Helga meets Elementary age students
 
 
Book Discussion "Bold Spirit"  / Pot Luck event
9:00 AM
 
 
1:00-2:30 PM
 
 
6:00 PM
 
 
 
Canby Elementary School
 
 
Community Center


 
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June 11
Canby
Victorian Tea / Style Show
3:30 PM
Community Center


 
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June 12
Canby
Tea & Lemonade Social --open to the Public
 
Grieg piano music, by Cecile Ellis, Artist's mother
(Suggested donation of $5 Adults, kids free
 
Helga Estby's "This is My Story"
~Katherine's Estby's One Woman Show
 
 
2:00 - 4:00 PM
 
7:30 PM
 
 
8:00 PM
Historic Lund-Hoel House
 
Canby High School Cafeteria
 
 
Canby High School Cafeteria


 
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June 13
Gary, SD
Helga will be "making the acquaintance" in the Community
 
Various Community Events


 
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June 14
 
  
Porter
 
Gary, SD
Helga:  featured speaker at Mother-Daughter Brunch
 
Helga will be featured at Gary Historical Park
9:30 AM
 
7:00 PM
Bethel Lutheran Church
 
Gary Historical Park


 
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June 16
Willmar
Kandiyohi Historical Society/Sons of Norway
 
Willmar


 
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June 17
Montevideo
Lac Qui Parle Historical Society/Sons of Norway
 
Montevideo


 
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June 18
Madison
Lac Qui Parle Historical Society/Sons of Norway
 
Madison


 
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June 19
Granite Falls
YMC Historical Society/Sons of Norway
 
Granite Falls


 
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June 20
Canby
Helga Estby will be a guest of The Depot
All Day
Canby Depot Information Center
& other events


 
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June 21
Canby
MN 150th Birthday Party
 
 
 
Helga will be on the Sons of Norway Viking Boat
Afternoon
 
 
 
6:30 PM
 
Central Park--Brief Performance
 
 
Canby Hat Daze Parade


 
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June 23
Minneota
Sons of Norway / Sponsored by Minneota Library
7:00 PM
Community Center


 
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June 26
 
 
Marshall
Grand Finale: 
 
 
 
Sponsored by SouthWest History Center
and Lyon County Museum
 
 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
3:00 PM
7:00 PM
  
 
   Schwan's Red Baron Museum
   Landmark Center
   Bound to Read Bookstore
   Thursdays on Third--Dwtn Marshall