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Wisconsin My Home is the story of Thurine Oleson, born in Wisconsin in 1866 to parents who had emigrated from Telemarken, Norway. This much-loved book was first published in 1950 when Thurine was a spry octogenarian. In it she not only vividly recalls the pioneer life of her childhood in a Norwegian American settlement but also tells her parents’ stories of their life in N Wisconsin My Home is the story of Thurine Oleson, born in Wisconsin in 1866 to parents who had emigrated from Telemarken, Norway. This much-loved book was first published in 1950 when Thurine was a spry octogenarian. In it she not only vividly recalls the pioneer life of her childhood in a Norwegian American settlement but also tells her parents’ stories of their life in Norway and their reasons for emigration. This new edition restores the twenty-nine photographs that appeared in the original 1950 hardcover edition and includes an introduction by emigration historian Odd Lovell.


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Wisconsin My Home is the story of Thurine Oleson, born in Wisconsin in 1866 to parents who had emigrated from Telemarken, Norway. This much-loved book was first published in 1950 when Thurine was a spry octogenarian. In it she not only vividly recalls the pioneer life of her childhood in a Norwegian American settlement but also tells her parents’ stories of their life in N Wisconsin My Home is the story of Thurine Oleson, born in Wisconsin in 1866 to parents who had emigrated from Telemarken, Norway. This much-loved book was first published in 1950 when Thurine was a spry octogenarian. In it she not only vividly recalls the pioneer life of her childhood in a Norwegian American settlement but also tells her parents’ stories of their life in Norway and their reasons for emigration. This new edition restores the twenty-nine photographs that appeared in the original 1950 hardcover edition and includes an introduction by emigration historian Odd Lovell.

42 review for Wisconsin My Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bjørnar Tuftin

    This is a book for people interested in mid-to-late-18th-century immigrant life, specifically Norwegian immigration. The narrator of the book, written by her daughter, was born in Wisconsin in 1866 to recent Norwegian immigrants, but tells the stories she heard from her parents and relations about their previous life and voyage, and the stories of their new life, which she experienced first hand. I quite liked it, but it is a book length narration of an old lady's memories. Not all of it is as in This is a book for people interested in mid-to-late-18th-century immigrant life, specifically Norwegian immigration. The narrator of the book, written by her daughter, was born in Wisconsin in 1866 to recent Norwegian immigrants, but tells the stories she heard from her parents and relations about their previous life and voyage, and the stories of their new life, which she experienced first hand. I quite liked it, but it is a book length narration of an old lady's memories. Not all of it is as interesting, and it has the occasional jarring jump from one topic to the next and small anecdotes of lesser interest to the reader than the narrator. Unless you're specifically interested in this family, in Wisconsin or the emigration from Telemark in the mid 18th century, I'd instead recommend Johan Bojer's Emigrants (Vår Egen Stamme) a novel about people from Trøndelag, Norway in a later wave of immigration, their reasons for and manner of emigration and their struggles as settlers in the Dakotas. Johan Bojer was an experienced and award winning novelist and did extensive research in the US in preparation for that book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Page

    I love it! An oral history of Norwegian immigrants in rural Wisconsin. I giggled, I cried. Thurine has a great way of storytelling as she recounts her family history and memories. I'd highly recommend. I love it! An oral history of Norwegian immigrants in rural Wisconsin. I giggled, I cried. Thurine has a great way of storytelling as she recounts her family history and memories. I'd highly recommend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was an awesome memoir of Thurine's life in Wisconsin! It's a great book about Wisconsin history, the hardships early settlers had, and detailed accounts of how they lived when they were children. I think it was a great read, easy to follow, not a thick read but still detailed enough to create a vivid picture of what life was like back then. Irecommend this read if you love Wisconsin history! This was an awesome memoir of Thurine's life in Wisconsin! It's a great book about Wisconsin history, the hardships early settlers had, and detailed accounts of how they lived when they were children. I think it was a great read, easy to follow, not a thick read but still detailed enough to create a vivid picture of what life was like back then. Irecommend this read if you love Wisconsin history!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    This is a really interesting memoir as told by a Norwegian woman to her daughter, starting in in post-Civil War Wisconsin and ending up in the mid-twentieth century. The writing and presentation isn't great, but the content more than makes up for it. This is a really interesting memoir as told by a Norwegian woman to her daughter, starting in in post-Civil War Wisconsin and ending up in the mid-twentieth century. The writing and presentation isn't great, but the content more than makes up for it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin Frost

    This was a cute memoir written by an elderly woman in the 1950´s remembering her life in the Norwegian community in Wisconsin in the late 1800´s.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beth Thommesen

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    Diane

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    Casey Krogstad

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