of North Dakota News-October 23,1970. "Andrew
Honve, retired Grand Forks railroad worker, has donated
$32,000 to the University of North Dakota for the purchase of
a home near campus to be used as a Scandinavian cultural center.
We have long felt the need for language houses or cultural centers
to complement academic area, cultural and language studies," said
University President George W. Starcher. Happily, now this need
will be met for the Scandinavian cultures."
1970's article in the UND newspaper revealed that Mr. Honve had
now given more than $50,000 in support of the Scandinavian language
program as he had previously given 200 shares of railroad stock
valued at more than $8,000 and an additional $10,000 gift.
also told of Mr. Honve's purpose to help American-Scandinavian
youth appreciate their heritage and quoted him as saying, "They
have a lot to be proud and thankful for."
became known as "The
Honve House", located at 2629, 6th Ave N, was
furnished with imported Norwegian furniture from the Krogenes
factory in Gudbrandsdal, Norway, and other Norwegian items such
as flags, wall hangings, and hand painted items.
The 4th District Sons of Norway gave money to purchase these items
and also gave other donations to the center.
Sons of Norway members also did carpentry, painting, and other
maintenance in the Honve House.
Others made private donations of money, books, and a hand carved,
Oscar Lunseth of Lunseth plumbing saw to it that the kitchen was
Arne Brekke stated in one newspaper article that without the help
of the Sons of Norway Lodge, it would have been very difficult
to maintain the house.
The 7 room house was used by Norwegian Language students at UND
and was also a place to hold special events and classes in rosemaling,
Norwegian language, etc.
The house was opened to the public on the 17th of May in 1971.
Presently the Honve House, no longer used at UND for a cultural
center, is up for sale; and so Gyda Varden Lodge has been given
the Norwegian furniture and other items of interest including
the piano purchased by Andrew Honve.
We are pleased to have all of these items though we are sad to
see the end of the center.
It is hoped that the money from the sale of the house will be
used for the purpose of promoting Norwegian language, heritage
and culture as Mr. Honve intended.
Dr. Brekke has described his former friend as a humble, generous
and quiet man who was interested in strengthening the cultural
and ancestral ties between Norway and America.
was born at Voss, Norway, in 1898; and he came to Canada and then
the United States at the age of 21.
He worked for the railroad for 40 years, retired, and became a
world traveler, traveling to Norway every year.
In 1973 Mr Honve became ill and he was taken back to Norway by
Dr. Brekke where he lived with relatives until he passed away
in December of 1973.