Today is Leif Ericson Day, a day to celebrate the real first explorer to reach North America (take that, yesterday’s holiday!). Leif Ericson Day has been an officially proclaimed holiday since 1964; it’s difficult to tell if its popularity is sudden or if we’re just now noticing that people have already been celebrating it.
In any case, as per the president’s orders, today is a day to honor our country’s Norwegian heritage. Here’s some selections of Norwegian films in our collection, as well as educational videos about the history of Norway and their expedition to North America.
Edvard Munch – HU DVD 1912
Christopher Columbus: Explorer of the New World – Streaming video
Go West, Young Man – Streaming video
How Do They Do It In Norway? – Streaming video
Norway – Streaming video
Norway in Revolt – Streaming video
Romans, Saxons, Vikings – Streaming video
The Vikings – Streaming video
Or, you can always watch the Spongebob SquarePants episode about Leif Ericson Day (Bubble Buddy, HU DVD 8454).