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Published July 14 2012

Historical society gets grant to make new Hjemkomst video

MOORHEAD – The 30th anniversary celebration of the voyage of the Hjemkomst to Norway will include the creation of a new video to document the reunion of the crew.

The project, titled “Thirty Years After the Dream: The Hjemkomst Legacy,” is being funded in part with a $15,000 grant to the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County from the state through the Minnesota Historical Society.

The project will record the stories of the crew and members of the Robert Asp family, and how building and sailing the ship changed their lives in the last 30 years.

Asp, who died in December 1980, was the driving force behind building the Hjemkomst in Hawley. He lived long enough to see his ship sail Lake Superior in preparation for the trans-Atlantic voyage to Bergen, Norway.

Prairie Public Television will coordinate the project.

Filming will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday during an open house at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, where the replica Viking longship is on permanent display.

Visitors will also be invited to record their Hjemkomst stories with a camera at the open house.

There will be a panel discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. with crew and family.

Interviews will be transcribed and deposited in the Clay County Archives for preservation and future research.

The day’s events will also include the grand opening of the new exhibit, “The Hjemkomst Sagas: One Dream, A Viking Ship, Many Stories,” curated by Claudia Pratt.

The exhibit tells the stories of the people who helped make Bob Asp’s ship a reality and sailed it to Norway.