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“The Soul of the Family Tree – Ancestors, Stories and Spirits We Inherit”

October 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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The author, Lori Erickson decided to test her DNA to discover her heritage through a simple home-collected sample. This step soon launched her journey to walk the lands of her ancestors, from the fjords of Norway and the bleak coast of Newfoundland to the small Iowa Norwegian-American town where she grew up and the farm of her great grandfather.

But like many Americans, she eventually felt drawn to genealogy, the “quintessential hobby of middle age.” Her quest to know more about the Vikings and immigrants who perch in her family tree led her to visit Norse settlements and reenactments, medieval villages and modern museums, her picturesque hometown and her ancestor’s farm on the fjords.

Along the way, Erickson discovers how her soul has been shaped by her ancestors and finds unexpected spiritual guides among the seafaring Vikings and her hardscrabble immigrant forebears. Erickson’s far-ranging journeys and spiritual musings show us how researching family history can be a powerful tool for inner growth. Travel with Erickson in The Soul of the Family Tree to learn how the spirits of your ancestral past can guide you today.

“The Soul of the Family Tree” seeks to show us how the spirits of our ancestors can guide us today. Lori Erickson is one of America’s top travel writers, specializing in spiritual journeys. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, and Better Homes & Gardens among others. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa with her husband.


October 16, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Norwegian Heritage Center
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Stoughton, WI 53589 United States
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