Experience Norwegian Culture

Peter Buschmann founded Petersburg in 1897. Coming from Norway, he settled in Petersburg and opened a cannery and encouraged his friends and family to come from Norway to join him. The result is a small city bursting with Norwegian culture. From street names to architecture, visitors can enjoy the culture by strolling through town and looking for rosemaling, traditional flowery Norwegian folk art, decorating many homes and businesses across town, especially along Sing Lee Ally, the center of old Petersburg. Rosemaling isn’t the only preview of Norwegian culture along Sing Lee Ally. Plan a stop at Sons of Norway Hall, a large white building that was built on pilings in 1912 still stands today. The social hall, a National Historic Site, is the center for Norwegian culture in Petersburg. In the summer, stop by for Norwegian dancers and enjoy a taste of Norway at the buffet.

While Norwegian culture is always alive and well in Petersburg, the best time to experience it to the fullest is at the Little Norway Festival in mid-May. During the four-day festival, Petersburg celebrates Norwegian Independence Day with costumes, a parade, games, dances and fresh fish and shrimp!


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