Hjemkomst Center

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In December of 1882, the City of Moorhead passed its first snow ordinance requiring property owners to clear their sidew...

In December of 1882, the City of Moorhead passed its first snow ordinance requiring property owners to clear their sidewalks: “The occupant of each and every tenement or building in the city of Moorhead, fronting upon any street or sidewalk of which is of plank, stone or brick, and the owner of any unoccupied lot fronting as aforesaid, shall clear the sidewalk in front of each… of snow and ice, by ten o’clock in the forenoon of each day and cause the same to be kept clear of snow and ice.”

That deadline has since been pushed back to 9:00PM, but after 136 years of red noses and sore backs, many of us are still shoveling. Stay safe and warm out there!

Photo: a snowy neighborhood in 1896 (Flaten-Wange, HCSCC).


202 1st Avenue North
Moorhead, MN

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm


(218) 299-5511


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HCSCC at the Hjemkomst Center

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the rich history and culture of Clay County, Minnesota. In short, we tell local stories. ​ HCSCC is located at the City of Moorhead’s Hjemkomst Center (pronounced YEM_komst, a Norwegian word meaning “Homecoming”). The organization manages the museum at the Hjemkomst Center and provides tours of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship and Moorhead's Hopperstad Stave Church. HCSCC also manages historic sites throughout Clay County, including the Comstock House and the Bergquist Cabin. Viking Connection, a new program developing Viking Age heritage arts in the Upper Midwest, is also an HCSCC-led effort.

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Come out and support these members at the Farmers Market today! Check out the new location at Viking Ship Park Hjemkomst Center.
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Today - May 21 - is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day highlights not only the richness of the world's cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace. How do YOU celebrate diversity? Check out these exhibits at the Hjemkomst Center to learn more about history and culture in our region: http://www.hcscconline.org/exhibitions.html
I had the honor to be commissioned by the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN to create this painting of Lottie Adams.

Lottie and her family were part of the African American community in Fargo/Moorhead around when it was founded.

She was described as the queen of the social scene in her day, throwing parties, attending events, and newspapers would describe the bright and colorful dresses she wore.

The painting will be a part of the exhibit called Stories of Local Black History. The exhibition seeks to highlight her and black history.

The opening of the exhibit is on March 22nd from 5pm-7pm

Grooming Status: January 25, 2022 - The trail between Bergquist Cabin (1008 7th St N) and 12th Ave S has been groomed.

Ski rentals at the Hjemkomst Center are closed tonight - January 25.

Have a great Tuesday, and stay warm! ☀
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Thank you Prairie Public for this thoughtful feature of Forced to Flee. The exhibition will be on view at the Hjemkomst Center until November 7. https://youtu.be/1NvseKKdKDQ
Hey Moorhead, the two of us look pretty darn good together 😊

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Hjemkomst Center

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This week's weather is looking perfect to hit the trails!

Enjoy fresh tracks now available at the following Moorhead Parks:

M.B. Johnson Park
Homestead Park
Riverfront/Memorial Park
Viking Ship Park
Woodlawn Park
Gooseberry Park
River Oaks Park

Cross-country skis and snowshoes can even be rented at the Hjemkomst Center for use on the lighted trails at Viking Ship Park.
Good morning Fargo Moorhead from the Hopperstad Stave Church at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. ☀️
Members let me know if you are interested in learning more about this TAOFM.
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Moorhead holds an incredible, unique, not-so-well-kept secret that you have to see in person to believe. The Hjemkomst, meaning homecoming in Norwegian, is a handmade replica of a burial Viking ship called the Gokstad that was discovered in Norway in 1880. The Gokstad had been unearthed from a burial mound near Sandefjord, Norway and was dated back to 800 AD. It served as the inspiration to Robert Asp, a guidance counselor at Moorhead Junior High School. He was gifted a few books about Vikings and after reading them, decided to build a ship of his own that he dreamed of sailing to Olso, Norway on in honor of his Nordic heritage. He began work on Hjemkomst in 1974 at the Leslie Welter Potato Warehouse in Hawley, Minnesota. The Potato Warehouse became the Hawley Shipyard. Asp was diagnosed with leukemia, and later died from it before it was completed, but chose to continue to work on his dream. In July of 1980, the ship was sent to Duluth to begin its journey.

After much work and preparation, in May 1982, Asp's three sons and daughter along with eight crew members decided to set sail. They arrived in Bergen, Norway in July and were given a heroes welcome. The ship stayed in Oslo for a year and was taken back to Minnesota and is now permanently housed in the center of the museum. The Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, commonly known as the Hjemkomst Center, was first opened in 1985 and was donated to the City of Moorhead and placed on display.

My story-telling ability isn’t doing this justice. It is hard to describe the presence, what it represents to the people that saw this unattainable dream come true. It is nothing short of amazing.

The Hjemkomst Center also has another handmade piece of history on display. In the backyard, The Hopperstad Stave Church Replica, a replica of a Norwegian stave church, was built in 1998 by Guy Paulson and was constructed of cedar, redwood, and pine. Guy created the Stave as a retirement project (I know, right?). It is a full-scale replica of the 12th Century Hopperstad Stave Church in Vik, Norway.

In 2009, the Clay County Historical Society (which was founded in 1932) and the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center merged to form the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Other exhibits not to be missed include:
War, Flu, & Fear: World War I and Clay County through January, 2021
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation through March 31, 2019
RACE: Are We So Different? through May 7, 2019
Peter Bergstrom: Swedish Immigrant
Fargo Crick Club

Upcoming Exhibitions

Suitably Attired: Selections from the Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection December 4 through March 6, 2019
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