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Lincoln monument, Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway
Lincoln monument, Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway
TitleLincoln monument, Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway
Date of Original193-?
DescriptionBust of Abraham Lincoln atop stone pedestal with two bronze plaques on either side. In back are shrubs and trees.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectArt & Architecture
Subject (LCTGM)Monuments
Historical markers
Personal NameLincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Fjelde, Paul, 1892-
LocationOslo (Norway)
Frogner Park (Oslo, Norway)
Item NumberMss 82.1.1
Format of OriginalGelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original12 x 17 cm.
Transcription"Lincoln by Paul Fjelde, sculptor, Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway, Europe. Most famous N.D. sculptor"--Handwritten on back of print.
NotesTitle supplied by staff.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryLincoln Bust Unveiled in Christiania July 4th. In brilliant sunshine and ideal summer weather the Lincoln bust was unveiled in Christiania, Norway last Saturday, the 4th of July in the presence of a multitude of Norwegian Americans and many thousands of Norwegians. The bust is attractive and effective where it stands. It is a credit to the young, promising sculptor Paul Fjelde. Governor Hanna handed over the statue from the people of North Dakota to the Norwegian people with a beautiful and fitting speech. "Among the distinct people who have come to North Dakota from Europe, " he said, "there are nearly a third of the state's residents who came directly from Norway or are the children of Norwegian parents. They built the towns and during the years they have done their share in building and making North Dakota a outstanding state. In the year 1914 Norwegian Americans' thoughts turn with love and devotion towards their old homeland Norway. People, who have respect and love for their ancestors, insist upon also building up their adopted land. I am glad about today in bringing everyone a sincere welcome from North Dakota's people. On this occasion I hand over this bronze bust of the greatest American who ever lived. The Almighty God chose Abraham Lincoln as the right man as president for the United States in the most tragic period in American history. God knew the country at that time required a strong and self-sacrificing leader. As Moses was the Jews' leader, was Abraham Lincoln leader for the American people. In the war between the North and South states many Norwegian Americans defended the Union. A regiment from Wisconsin, comprised exclusively of Scandinavians and mostly Norwegians, has one of the most honorable records of any regiment among the thousand regiments that took part in the war. During the dark time of trouble in the Civil War, the Scandinavian people in the United States gave unending support to Lincoln. They keep holy his memory, then honor the principle that he strived for. As the years have passed, Lincoln has been idealized and for the good. This monument of granite, with the tablet of bronze and with the bust of Lincoln is much like the monument that stands on the Gettysburg battlefield, where the terrible battle occurred in the Civil War. I don't know any tribute that is more fitting to give the Norwegian people from my own state's people than a memorial of Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of Norway's century of independence. This monument is of a man who all America idealizes and the entire world loves. The nations of the world will in the future tell their children the events of Abraham Lincoln's life, and if the children do likewise they will be better men and women." Thereafter the poem "Abraham Lincoln" by North Dakota author James W. Foley read. From the Norwegian people were laudable orations with thanks for the honor North Dakota showed Norway and for the attractive bust of America's most beloved son. Translation by staff from Normanden newspaper, July 8, 1914, page 1.
To commemorate the centennial of the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 the North Dakota Legislature appropriated money for a statue and a display on thelife of North Dakota's Norwegians. North Dakota Governor Louis B. Hanna was present at the dedication of the bust in Frogner Park on July 4, 1914. The bronze tablets read "Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth" and "Presented to Norway by the people of North Dakota, U.S.A."
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionHerman O. Fjelde Photograph Collection Mss 82
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (82.1.1)
Digital IDrs001411
Original SourcePhotographic print
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