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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

(more information)




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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

































































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