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Scandinavian Traditions | Music and Tradition

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Traditional music and dance is one way that North Dakotans celebrate their Scandinavian heritage and find part of their own identity in their ethnic background. “No tree grows strong by cutting off its roots.” Understanding where we come from helps us know who we are. North Dakota’s largest demographic is people of Scandinavian descent. Many people in North Dakota are aware of their roots, know who they are, and take an active role in keeping those traditions alive.

Elisa Korenne: Mail Order Bride

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Singer songwriter Elisa Korenne of New York Mills, MN writes original songs about historical people and events of the northern plains. One such figure is Rachel Calof. She traveled from Russia to North Dakota in 1894 as an immigrant homesteader and a mail order bride. Her story is a riveting and candid look at the hardships of life on the prairie.

Elisa Korenne: Who was I

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Susan Frenier Brown was a mixed-blood Dakota Indian, and although she was surrounded by influential people who had an impact on politics in the mid and late 1800’s, her own identity and story has been somewhat lost to history. Minnesota musician Elisa Korenne explores this shadowy figure in her original song "Who Was I?"

Great States | Idaho History

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From the Ice Age to the Civil War, learn the story of how Idaho became the 43rd state.

Great States | North Dakota Culture

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North Dakota’s festivals and events celebrate the people and communities there. Learn more about these communities and what makes North Dakota a great place to be.

Great States | Montana History

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Learn about Montana’s land and people from before the Gold Rush to modern day.

Great States | Oregon History

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Learn about the history this land on the northwest coast where people first arrived 15,000 years ago. Find out about the changes that came after 1805, when explorers Lewis and Clark established Fort Clatsop, opening the land to newcomers who would help shape the state of Oregon into what we know today. 

Great States | Iowa

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Explore the state named for the Ioway People, one of many American Indian groups that lived in the area. Learn how these groups were forcibly removed by European fortune seekers, paving the way for the expansion of Iowa’s railroads and farming. Transportation proved key to Iowa’s economic development. Learn how religious tolerance and a welcoming attitude to refugees and immigrants have created a rich Iowa culture today.

The Pilgrims: Mayflower Descendants

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Learn about John Howland, a Mayflower passenger and indentured servant, whose numerous descendants include Ralph Waldo Emerson and both George Bushes, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims. During the Mayflower’s Atlantic crossing, Howland was thrown overboard in a storm. He managed to grab hold of a line and was rescued by the crew. Although he nearly died that day, he would later thrive in New England. He married Elizabeth Tilley, and together they had 10 children. More than two million Americans would descend from them, among them U.S. presidents and Hollywood actors.

Click on the links below to download a customizable student handout and a video transcript.

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See Support Materials for Teaching Tips and links to related materials. This resource is part of the American Experience: The Pilgrims collection.

Mills 50: Tien Hung Market l Vietnamese Orlando

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In the heart of Central Orlando is the Vietnamese Business District at Mills 50. One of the cornerstones is the Tien Hung Market, run by three generations of the Phan family. Explore how cultural traditions bind this community since fleeing Vietnam.  

Upstate, Downstate: Immigration

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Upstate, Downstate is an original web series that teaches students about the history, geography and government of New York State. Aligned to the New York State Social Studies Framework for Grade 4, this episode explores immigration past and present, and the contributions immigrants have made to their communities. 

For more resources like this, visit the New York State & Local History & Government collection. 

Great States | Oregon Culture

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Explore the diverse peoples that have contributed to the cultural tapestry of Oregon, “the Pacific Wonderland.”

Great States | Iowa Culture

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Learn fun facts about Iowa! Why is it called the Hawkeye State? Discover how the land of Iowa—its coal hills and farmland, shaped the people—and vice versa. 

Stephanie Murphy - US Congresswoman l Vietnamese Orlando

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Vietnamese immigrant and Central Florida resident, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, shares the story of her path to the American dream.

Scandinavian Traditions | Lutefisk

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Traditional food and cooking methods is one way that North Dakotans celebrate their Scandinavian heritage and find part of their own identity in their ethnic background. “No tree grows strong by cutting off its roots.” Understanding where we come from helps us know who we are. North Dakota’s largest demographic is people of Scandinavian descent. Many people in North Dakota are aware of their roots, know who they are, and take an active role in keeping those traditions alive.

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