Taylor Naumann and Brittney Shilson filled in a dig at the Andrew Peterson farm last summer.

In 1854, Andrew Peterson emigrated from Sweden to the United States. He wrote daily in a diary for more than 48 years about his everyday life. His now historic farm is in Carver County at 8060 Highway 5, the corner of Highway 5 and Parley Lake Road.

Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg read these diaries, and then wrote a series of four books based on Andrew Peterson and his family starting with “The Emigrants” in 1949. In recent years, the Carver County Historical Society acquired the farm, and from May 23 to June 1, 2016, archaeological technician Joe Pnewski, eight undergraduate students and a few volunteers conducted an archaeological dig at the historical site.

Wendy Petersen Biorn, the executive director of the Carver County Historical Society, will be the speaker at the Nordic Heritage Club on Friday, Feb. 10. She will show a video of Pnewski’s presentation to the Historical Society’s board regarding the archaeological dig findings. She will also provide an update on the preservation progress at the Andrew Peterson Farm.

The Nordic Heritage Club of Carver County meets at the Victoria Recreation Center, 8475 Kochia Lane. It is free and open to the public. The gathering time is at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. These meetings are open to everyone and are family-friendly. For more information go to For specific questions, send an email to

Carolyn Spargo lives on the border of Chaska and Victoria, and is active in all things Scandinavian including the Nordic Heritage Club. Her column appears monthly in the Victoria Town Square pages and online at


Unsie Zuege is an award-winning multimedia journalist, who enjoys community journalism, bibimbop, Netflix, Trivia Mafia and snuggling tiny dogs, not necessarily in that order.


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