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Join the Celebration of Emigration from Gausdal

22 - 24 August 2025

Gausdal, Oppland, Norway

THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORGANIZED EMIGRATION FROM NORWAY TO NORTH-AMERICA.

 

Gausdal is a community in south-east Norway, just a short drive from Lillehammer, known for the winter Olympics in 1994. Gausdal is about 2 ½ hours drive north of Oslo. There are two valleys Vestre Gausdal and Østre Gausdal, which meet at Segalstad Bru, which is the administration center for Gausdal.

Around 7000 people left Gausdal for a hopefully better future in North-America. Norway will mark this occasion, and Gausdal wants to be a part of it. Gausdal Historical Society is planning a three day event, and we do hope that many people of Gausdal ancestry will join us.

A more detailed plan will follow later, and we will keep you updated.

22nd August 2025: Welcome visitors. Each person/family will get a guided tour to the places where their ancestors came from, and maybe you will meet relatives also !

23rd August: Continue showing our visitors around, and visit the churches where your ancestors were baptised and married. In the evening a social gathering at Ulsrud Farm museum (which belongs to the society) for visitors and relatives.

24th August: The main event will take place at the Ulsrud Farm museum. There will be speeches about some of the emigrants from Gausdal, like Ole Amundsen Buslett (author), Simon Benson (businessman), Randi Holtseteren  (well known from her letters she sent back to family in Gausdal), the emigrants from Svatsum who settled in Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada, and probably more interesting topics. Music of course. An exhibit of old letters, pictures, books etc., and – a family will leave for North America (a play).

Want to come? You are all VERY WELCOME.

More news will follow.

Regards,

Gausdal Historical Society

Arne Halvorsen