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Decorah, IA – Commemorating 175 Years

June 15, 2024

10am-8pm
On Saturday, June 15th the City of Decorah, Iowa will commemorate the town’s 175th Anniversary – the Dodransbicentennial. The public is invite to join in a variety of activities throughout the day, reflecting on Decorah’s history.
  • 10 AM: Welcome and Remarks at Vesterheim Commons (Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School)
    • Lorraine Borowski, Mayor of Decorah
    • Prosper Waukon, Great-Great-Great Grandson of Chief Waukon Decorah
    • Special reading by Mette Hammer
  • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM: Music on the Patio by Decorah Municipal Band outside at Vesterheim. No rain location.
  • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Presentation – “What’s Still Here: Decorah’s Surviving Properties, 1849-1870” by Mark Z. Muggli and Judy van der Linden (Decorah Historical Preservation Commission) at Vesterheim Commons
  • 12:30 PM: Painter Bernatz Mill Tour at Vesterheim.
  • 1-4 PM: Ice Cream Social at Winneshiek County Historical Society, with ice cream provided by Sugar Bowl. Free tours of the WCHS museum.
  • 1, 2, & 3 PM: Tours offered at Porter House Museum. $8 Adults. $6 for students and seniors.
  • 2-4 PM: Meet and greet Prosper Waukon on location at Winneshiek County Historical Society
  • 2-4 PM: Play Vintage Games At Phelps Park, Decorah’s oldest city park. Led by Decorah Park and Recreation in partnership with the Locust School Committee of Winneshiek County Historical Society. Rain location Decorah High School.
  • 6-7 PM: Presentation “The Waukon Decorah Family Legacy” by Prosper Waukon at Hotel Winneshiek. Sponsored by Winneshiek County Historical Society. Time for questions to follow.
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