Scandinavian Cultural Center

Scandinavian Cultural Center

Heritage

Scandinavian immigrants and their descendants have had a distinct influence on Pacific Lutheran University. Since its founding in 1890 by Norwegian minister Bjug Harstad, PLU has nurtured its Nordic roots. Today, evidence of these strong Scandinavian ties is seen in the Scandinavian Cultural Center, the Scandinavian Cultural Center Council, the Norwegian and Scandinavian Area Studies Programs, and the Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection (located in the University Library). Strolling across campus, one encounters numerous buildings bearing Scandinavian names and works of art reflecting the University's rich Nordic heritage. In addition, PLU has cultivated exchange programs with faculty and students from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Scandinavian Area Studies Program

Pacific Lutheran University maintains contacts with Scandinavian countries and with Scandinavian communities in the Pacific Northwest. This program provides language, history, and literature courses, and offers a major or minor in Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies. Scandinavian Area Studies Program

Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection

Located on the third floor of the Robert A.L. Mortvedt Library, the collection contains materials relating to Scandinavian immigrants who settled in the United States (particularly the Pacific Northwest) and Canada. By studying these historical records, personal memoirs, and the books read and preserved by the immigrants, students and researchers may gain a deeper insight to the diverse experiences of the Scandinavian immigrants. The special collection is open to scholars and community people interested in researching Nordic history and heritage.
Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection