As has been pointed out here before there are a lot of Americans of Norwegian descent;
“Norwegian immigrants went to the United States primarily in the later half of the 19th century and the first few decades of the 20th century. There are more than five million Norwegian Americans according to the most recent U.S. census, and most live in the Upper Midwest”.
Source: Norwegian Americans: History • FamilySearch
Maybe less known is that Brooklyn had a large Norwegian population in the 1930-50s with their own newspaper, schools, churches and shops:
Norwegian store clerk Torleif Brastad leaves Finn’s Scandanavian Delicatessen with a delivery, in a Carnation Evaporated Milk, for a nearby customer in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, 30th July 1946. Finn’s is owned by fellow Norwegian, Finn Morterud.
Photo by UPI/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
yes, even the museum depicts a lot of scandinavian heritage, a look in the phone book as well!, I haven’t looked lately though i’m there about every year now. it was more obvious in the 60’s-70’s when i came of age, no doubt before.
Family on my fathers side went from Norway to USA (Boston) back in 1905. A lot … kids to grandparents. Why even a 75 year old would emigrate then is still a mystery but they did. Many are still in the area, while others moved West. Fun… every single person in the world with our unusual Norwegische family name is related including those still in Norway. A while back we moved to Germany mainly for work but who knows. We might go back to USA to retire.
There is still a fair number of Norwegians around coastal Massachusetts, related to the fishing industry, though this is rapidly changing now that NOAA Fisheries turned the fishing ports into poor drug dens or bedroom communities. There’s still a perception among the scallop fleet that portagees and Squareheads (Norwegians) have a leg up on jobs.
my scandinavian days are way behind me but i have heard of lutefish… that fact alone means at a minimum it was a staple when things were tough and it also means when things were fair it was made to be a pretty ok food to endure the ages… gawd knows, there were similar dishes prepared that have survived time, I like “sheep herder dog potatoes” from when the bask ran sheep in the high country of the pnw. … i’ve no problems with it and variations of it. … we don’t all frequent 5th avenue restaurants !!
Sorry, couldn’t find a description in English, but translate fairly well with Google Translation.
PS> Today most Lutefisk you find in Supermarkets in Norway is made from “Klippfisk” (dried salted Cod aka “Bacalao”) that has been watered out and soaked in lye for a few days to get the right consistency for preparation into the Lutefisk we all know and love.