Giants of the Earth Heritage Center

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center Promoting 7th generational stewardship through oral histories, traditional & genetic genealogy, intergenerational community activities, and enrichment classes.
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We are found at https://www.giantsheritage.org. Visit the GIFT SHOP Giants of the Earth is a nonprofit 501(c3) organization dedicated to preserving local history in order to promote understanding of adaptive and sustainable community practices. We believe that a familiarity with authentic and personalized history can empower multigenerational consciousness and lead to local interdependence, self-sufficiency, and improved quality of life.

We are found at https://www.giantsheritage.org. Visit the GIFT SHOP Giants of the Earth is a nonprofit 501(c3) organization dedicated to preserving local history in order to promote understanding of adaptive and sustainable community practices. We believe that a familiarity with authentic and personalized history can empower multigenerational consciousness and lead to local interdependence, self-sufficiency, and improved quality of life.

Mission: To uncover and preserve your family history in a giant family tree filled with oral video histories, genetic ancestral analysis, and insights into history and culture.

Open with service changes; Online services available; Delivery available; Pickup available

10/01/2020

Front page of The Waukon Standard Article. Such great writing by Julie Berg Raymond!

Beauty, Brains, and Personality - The Movie
09/29/2020

Beauty, Brains, and Personality - The Movie

We are delighted to announce that "BB&P" won TWO awards at the Spring Grove Film Festival: Best Scripted Feature and Best Film Marketing! Thank you, Spring Grove FF and Katie O'Regan!

Ed Asner featured during film festival in Spring Grove
09/23/2020
Ed Asner featured during film festival in Spring Grove

Ed Asner featured during film festival in Spring Grove

Ed Asner featured during film festival in Spring Grove September 21, 2020 by Lee Epps Leave a Comment There were 50 films introduced, but at age 90, the main attraction to many was seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner. The acclaimed guest of honor flew halfway across the country for the first annua...

What in the world is our Visitor Center doing so empty? We're putting in an elevator! During the construction of our new...
09/22/2020

What in the world is our Visitor Center doing so empty? We're putting in an elevator!

During the construction of our new elevator, the Heritage Center will be closed for a while. Once it's done, it will be much easier to access our exhibits on the second floor!

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center's cover photo
09/18/2020

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center's cover photo

09/14/2020

Thank you everbody!

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center
09/14/2020

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center

The parade!
09/14/2020

The parade!

09/13/2020

Ed Asner Day parade in Spring Grove!

09/13/2020
Balloons are up all around town and the Spring Grove International Film Festival is in full swing! It's not too late to ...
09/11/2020

Balloons are up all around town and the Spring Grove International Film Festival is in full swing! It's not too late to join us--come to the Heritage Center's Gift Shop to register!

We are thrilled to announce that Ed Asner will be participating in our staged reading of the Dream Cafe!  Our cast of lo...
09/10/2020

We are thrilled to announce that Ed Asner will be participating in our staged reading of the Dream Cafe! Our cast of local talent will also be joined by his daughter Liza Asner and the director of one of the films in our festival, Brian Connors!

Join us Sunday at 3:30pm at Ye Olde Gray Barn for this star-studded reading of Katie O'Regan's original theatre piece! Suggested donation is $20/person or $50/carload.

Ed Asner featured at Spring Grove film festival
09/07/2020
Ed Asner featured at Spring Grove film festival

Ed Asner featured at Spring Grove film festival

SPRING GROVE, Minn. — Ed Asner, the seven-time Emmy award-winner known for his role as Lou Grant, will be honored this weekend during the inaugural Spring Grove International Film Festival.

09/04/2020

New Gift Shop Items in Spring Grove

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09/04/2020
The Legendary actor ED ASNER is Being Honored with a Parade at the Very First Spring Grove Film Festival in SPRING GROVE, MN September 11-13th

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09/04/2020
The Legendary actor ED ASNER is Being Honored with a Parade at the Very First Spring Grove Film Festival in SPRING GROVE, MN September 11-13th

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08/29/2020
Don't forget to grab your Ed Asner Day soda & shirts before the Film Festival! September 11 will be here before you know...
08/29/2020

Don't forget to grab your Ed Asner Day soda & shirts before the Film Festival! September 11 will be here before you know it!

Funny story about the giveaway! Because of post privacy settings, we actually can't see the whole list of who shared thi...
08/28/2020

Funny story about the giveaway! Because of post privacy settings, we actually can't see the whole list of who shared this post, so we are now extending the giveaway for one more week!

To enter, please comment below to let us know that you shared the post--even if you already shared it. Thanks!

Book giveaway!!! 📘📚
We're giving away a copy of Chaunce Stanton's new book "Grave of Songs"--"the suspenseful tale of a Norwegian family's secrets and hardships in 1888 Minnesota". Giants was consulted as a historical reference for this book!

To enter the giveaway, just share this post!
In two weeks, we will message the winner 😊

Author Chaunce Stanton will be at Giants of the Earth Heritage Center for a book signing at 10:30 am tomorrow for his bo...
08/28/2020

Author Chaunce Stanton will be at Giants of the Earth Heritage Center for a book signing at 10:30 am tomorrow for his book Grave of Songs!

08/27/2020

Get your tickets!

08/26/2020
Rolf Svanoe

New video posted on our Youtube channel! Listen to Rolf Svanoe tell his story here: https://youtu.be/fsBMM1Y4tGk

An interview with Rolf Svanoe, a local Norwegian-American pastor. He talks about his family's history in Norway and his own relationship with his ancestry an...

Meet our newest garden friend, who we have dubbed Sir Fritjof Hops-a-Lot the Frog! He's good friends with our nisser. Co...
08/14/2020

Meet our newest garden friend, who we have dubbed Sir Fritjof Hops-a-Lot the Frog! He's good friends with our nisser.

Come visit the Heritage Center's beautiful Enger Garden and maybe you can catch a glimpse of Fritjof or his nisse friends lounging by our waterfall :)

Book giveaway!!! 📘📚We're giving away a copy of Chaunce Stanton's new book "Grave of Songs"--"the suspenseful tale of a N...
08/14/2020

Book giveaway!!! 📘📚
We're giving away a copy of Chaunce Stanton's new book "Grave of Songs"--"the suspenseful tale of a Norwegian family's secrets and hardships in 1888 Minnesota". Giants was consulted as a historical reference for this book!

To enter the giveaway, just share this post!
In two weeks, we will message the winner 😊

Come see the Dream Café! This staged reading will take place Thursday, August 20th at 7pm in the Gray's Barn and will ra...
08/11/2020

Come see the Dream Café! This staged reading will take place Thursday, August 20th at 7pm in the Gray's Barn and will raise funds for Giants of the Earth and showcase Spring Grove's own talented actors! Tickets are $10; ages 12 and under get in free.

Chaunce Stanton - Author
08/11/2020

Chaunce Stanton - Author

My new favorite t-shirt! Ed Asner is coming to Spring Grove on September 13. Get tickets at www.giantsoftheearth.org

07/21/2020
ED ASNER DAY !

New radio interview with our very own Greg Gregoreo Wennes!

This video is about ED ASNER DAY !

Welcome to our new on-line GIANTS Store!Check out some of our inventory and buy on-line! Pick up at our beautiful GIANTS...
05/07/2020
Giants of the Earth Heritage Center

Welcome to our new on-line GIANTS Store!
Check out some of our inventory and buy on-line! Pick up at our beautiful GIANTS of The EARTH Heritage Center in Spring Grove, MN or order on-line and we will ship!

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163 W Main
Spring Grove, MN
55974

General information

We desire to promote a sustainable higher quality of life for members & their descendants, under all potential future conditions. Stewardship-conscious small communities are recognizing that "it takes a village". They are trying to understand what they can do now to preserve and pass down those principles that they hold dearest, no matter what conditions may come. Giants will be: 1. Providing fun activities which promote a healthy, active, and social lifestyle. We especially hope our activities will encourage intergenerational family and community dialogue that will build friendships, authentic community, and healthy interdependence at a local level. 2. Collecting meaningful stories from our citizens through oral history video interviews, particularly our senior citizens, in order to preserve and share the wisdom they have--both as individuals and as groups--as they reflect on the many experiences of life. 3. Making those video stories widely available to younger family members and community members for generations to come through our large online family tree by linking those stories to people and events recorded in that tree. 4. Providing online and in-person small group forums and discussions where people of all ages can hear these stories and extrapolate core values that they hope will not be lost in the changing times. 5. Acting to promote the sustainability of each person's, each family's, and each community's commitment to their core values by imagining and preparing for times and conditions that would most test their ability to remain true to their commitment. We hope to preserve and share practical heirloom skills that have sustained small communities through hard times, skills that allowed for community and family self-reliance and self-sufficiency-such as harvesting maple syrup, milking cows, making flour, butchering animals, gardening, and bartering locally. We hope to pass down to our children and grandchildren the virtues that helped our pioneer ancestors make it through rough times: physical stamina, practical skills, positive mental attitude, realistic expectations, and practical intelligence. We want future generations to make the best of "whatever hand fate deals to them." Further, a healthy self-reliance has been shown to be important for the integrity of a democratic republic, as desperate individuals who are overly dependent upon others tend to be subject to coercion by the mere witholding of staples. 6. Honoring our ancestors by being better stewards of those things that they entrusted to us. Since good stewardship requires good understanding of reality rather than wishful thinking and positivity posturing, we will research our ancestors' diaries and other writings to help us deconstruct our current assumptions about reality. If history has shown us one thing, it is that "reality", among the various human herds, is a slippery notion, more dependent upon what people "believe" others expect of them than an authentic critical/rational interaction with physical realities. In every community there are numerous colloquialisms that have arisen through chance, laziness, or mere stupidity. The momentum behind these colloquialisms is so great that they cannot be addressed head on for what they are, without mobilizing the reactionary elements of a society. Thus, we seek authoritative sources of reality in order to cultivate a better understanding of 1)the genes we are born with, 2)the habits that are conditioned into us, and 3)the mind. The mind is unique in that, although it is primarily used merely to find homeostasis between the two lower appetites--when actualized more fully it has the capacity to be used to transcend the particular appetites of the self (using"the Logos") under abstract transcendental principles. Thus, it is our minds that have the potential to intuit meaning that transcends mere nature or nuture, an intuition that alone brings free will. To free ourselves from dogmatic slumber, our Center is using state of the art genetic ancestral research, genetic relative finding, written & oral histories, family tree indexing, collaborative sharing, and heirloom technical and interpretive decryption. The latter will allow us to uncover esoteric interpretations of texts and stories that we might have thought we understood all our lives.

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Providing an advanced personalized and collaborative approach to historical preservation, Giants of the Earth Heritage Center offers genealogical and genetic genealogy assistance, digitization services, and video interviews of senior citizens about historical events, experiences, and values. Our local history museum exhibits provide a glimpse into Spring Grove's past, and challenge visitors to consider its future. Giants is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and donations to it are tax-deductible.

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I am working on project on the novel "Giants in the Earth." I am trying to better understand the scene where Tönseten gives Beret's son "bear" meat. It is actually badger meat. Would Norwegians consume badgers in Norway? If so, I can understand why Sorrine is cutting up the carcass. Otherwise, Tönseten is playing a cruel joke on Beret and her children. When the boys reveal that the delicious stew Beret cooks, she is horrified and can't believe she is feeding her family troll food.
Anyone recognize. It was taken in Spring Grove, have no other information. Thanks,
Curious if anyone can help me out. Looking for the name of the dairy in town that my fathers farm sold milk to. Ideally, I hope to find an glass milk bottle with this name on it to gift for Christmas. Much appreciated. Eric Guberud
I have 4 photos probably late 1800's taken in Spring Grove MN. These photos are unidentified and came from a cousin with Minnesota connections the same as my connections to Minnesota, which are Steens of Jasper MN, Loeng/Loing of Riceford/Spring Grove area. I would like permission to post these photos on this page for possible identification. I also have a few photos from Luverne, Pipestone, Mable/Canton area. I only have digital copies as my cousin has the originals. My surnames are as above and also include Bottolfsen/Bottolfson and Svendsen . Please let me know if it is permissible to post photos for identification. Thank you, Connie Bottolfsen Loftus
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Mark you calendars! Attend an informative and entertaining evening at the Cinema with reception following at Giants of the Earth Heritage Center. Thursday, March 22, 6:30 pm
Here are some of the Christmas tree decorations we will be making Saturday for JULETREFEST. The chain-link garland is good for the youngest kids. We have a couple of other easy ones for the little ones as well. If you’re up for a challenge, stop in and make the three dimensional stars or how about the six-row heart baskets?
This is a wonderful resource to connect with our past. My Norwegian ancestors were from Mound Prairie, Minnesota. I have photos to share, but I've been unable to find a similar outlet for sharing them.