17 May 1814
May 17 is Norwegian Constitution Day, a commemoration of the adoption of Norway's constitution in 1814. Many Norwegian-American communities celebrate the holiday in the United States.
A. H. Bratferg was among the many Norwegians who immigrated to the Upper Midwest and Northern Great Plains in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Born in 1856, he set sail for America with his parents, brother, and sister from Ringsager, Norway, in 1860.