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Unveiling of Henrik Ibsen bust, Wahpeton, N.D.
Unveiling of Henrik Ibsen bust, Wahpeton, N.D.
TitleUnveiling of Henrik Ibsen bust, Wahpeton, N.D.
Date of Original1912-05-12
DescriptionGroup of young girls on left and boys on right with band members standing in front of bust. Bust of Ibsen on stone monument with 'Ibsen' carved into stone. In back is 'Old Main' of the North Dakota State School of Science.
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General SubjectSocial Life & Customs
Art & Architecture
Subject (LCTGM)Monuments
Musical instruments
Subject (LCSH)Norwegian Americans
Indians of North America
Personal NameIbsen, Henrik, 1828-1906
Organization NameNorth Dakota State School of Science
LocationWahpeton (N.D.)
Richland County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberMss 82.1.5
Format of OriginalGelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original25 x 31 cm.
Transcription"Wahpeton Science School, Wahpeton, N.Dak. Unveiling of Henrik Ibsen bust by Jakob Fjelde sculptor. Modeled at Molde, Norway for museum at Bergen, Norway, Europe. Many Indian Americans in band (?). From Dr. H.O. Fjelde's scrapbook, Abercrombie, North Dakota, Fargo, Minneapolis, Minnesota"--Handwritten on back of mount.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title supplied by staff.
Biography/History"Jakob Fjelde (d. 1896) sculpted the Ibsen relief before emigrating from Norway. He made two replicas of the work, one of which is in Como Park, St. Paul. The other, purchased by the Wahpeton Commerce Club, was refused a place on the grounds of the Richland County courthouse because members of the Board of Commissioners believed that the Club had paid too much for it. The rejection by a vote of three to two was accomplished by an Irish commissioner joining with two Germans. He explained: 'We have a courthouse full of Norwegians; we don't need another one standing outside.' The State School of Science in Wahpeton agreed to have the memorial on its campus. The day of its dedication, May 17, 1912, saw a parade with mounted police and an evening banquet 'in the Norwegian style' with addresses by six speakers" - by Playford Thorson in North Dakota Quarterly 49 (Autumn 1981).
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 (82.1.5)
Digital IDrs001414
Original SourcePhotographic print
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