Emigration Center at Hofsos

15 06 2013

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The Icelandic Emigration Center was founded in 1996 and dedicated to commemorate Icelandic emigrants to North America and to promote connections between their descendants and the people of Iceland.

On a day like this, one cannot imagine leaving Iceland, but when the times were rough and the winters cold - people left for a new life.

On a day like this, one cannot imagine leaving Iceland, but when the times were rough and the winters cold – people left for a new life.

The Center now offers four exhibits in three separate buildings, as well as a genealogical information service, library facilities and more. The exhibitions combine text, photographs and tableaux to illustrate the conditions in Iceland that influenced the decision to emigrate, the journey to the ‘New World’ and the new way of life they encountered.

By 1873, Milwaukee had the 4th largest population of Icelanders outside of Iceland.

By 1873, Milwaukee had the 4th largest population of Icelanders outside of Iceland.

This is the story of one such man who found himself in Wisconsin.

This is the story of one such man who found himself in Wisconsin.

 

 

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