- Dr. Alf and Carroll Gundersen donate 112 acre High Hopes farm to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation to be used as an outdoor classroom.
- Biology Department is the governing body by volunteer committee
- UW-L Foundation purchases 160 acre Oscar Ophus farm with funds donated by the Wehrer Family Endowment.
UW-L Foundation purchases the 80 acre Volden farm with funds donated by Ethel Thrune.
- Robert Swartz, first full time Arboretum Manager hired. His position was changed to Executive Director in 1983. He served for 10 years.
$300,000 donation received from Ethel Thrune for a nature center in memory of her husband Richard Thrune and the pioneer settlers of the valley
In October, the first community committee meetings are held for Homestead, Museum, and Library Committees as a part of preserving the regional heritage
- Project name changes from Gundersen Arboretum to Norskedalen (which means Norwegian Valley)
- April – groundbreaking for Thrune Visitors’ Center
- May – the Bakke corn crib is the first building moved to homestead after being a float in the Westby Syttende Mai parade
- Restoration of log buildings begins with funds donated by Owen and Dorothy Bekkum
- Lloyd and his sister Ruth Thrune donate their 44 acre farm to preserve the historic 1853 Skumsrud log cabin and to perpetuate the Norwegian heritage of the area – this becomes the Skumsrud-Thrune Heritage Farm
May – Dedication of Norskedalen’s Thrune Visitors’ Center, Bekkum Homestead, and the Helga Gundersen Arboretum with gala public event
- The Wold-Stendahlen log house (donated and dismantled in 1983) opens as a gift shop
- First Midsummer Festival
- First Old-Fashioned Christmas
- Second barn (Aarness Berg Bjornstad barn) comes to Bekkum Homestead
- October – raptor mews built and bird programming begun
- First Threshing Bee and meal
The restored Lindevig House at Skumsrud Heritage Farm opens
- 40 acres of land on west side of coulee purchased with funds donated by the Paul E. Stry Foundation…named Strywald.
- The Andersstuen House, donated in 1986, is restored at Skumsrud Heritage Farm
- The Haugen shanty is moved and restored at the Bekkum Homestead
- The Moilien machine shed is moved to the Bekkum Homestead
- Stone arch bridge built in the arboretum by Wisconsin Conservation Corps.
- The Erickson School, donated in 1983 – dismantled and stored in 1986 is restored at Skumsrud Heritage Farm
- The 1853 Skumsrud log cabin is placed on the National Register of Historic Places
- James K. Nestingen was hired as Executive Director. He served until 1994.
$440,000 donated by the Paul E. Stry Foundation for addition and major renovation of the Thrune Visitors’ Center
The Tommerassen granary, donated and dismantled in 1990, is restored at the Skumsrud Heritage Farm
Ihle blacksmith shop donated and Thorsgaard corn crib restored at Skumsrud Heritage farm
First Ghoulees in the Coulees event.
The Volden springhouse dismantled stone by stone and moved from the Volden farm to the Bekkum Homestead and is made operational after two years of restoration work
Brye summer shanty, donated in 1989, is restored at the Skumsrud Heritage farm
The Heritage Trail through Norskedalen grounds along with guide brochure is completed
South Loop trail through the Gundersen Arboretum and arboretum brochure completed
New bridge built over Poplar Creek by Gundersen Barn
- Wold House dedication in May after several years restoration work
- The Gundersen Pond rebuilt so that it would be smaller, deeper and colder for better trout habitat
Norskedalen becomes independent of the UW-L Foundation and becomes a private, non-profit corporation
Skumsrud Heritage Farm becomes the new name for Skumsrud-Thrune Farm
Mathy Construction graveled the road from parking lot to arboretum with bus pull-off lane
New highway signs installed to direct the public
Grand opening of the restored Haatvedt-Ekern house at Skumsrud Heritage Farm
New shelter house is completed with floor, sidewalks, kitchen and fireplace
Programming expanded at Skumsrud Heritage Farm including staffing, artisans demonstrating and selling their works and Heritage classes begun
Lloyd Thrune Carving Show and Competition added to Midsummer Fest event
First Civil War Encampment
First rummage sale fundraiser
Carlson house donated and dismantled
New trail constructed (North Loop Trail)
Leif the Viking statue donated by Morris & Theresa Nelson
- Halvor and Bendikka Peterson Memorial Endowment Fund established within Norskedalen’s Endowment fund
- Gunder Bagstad house restoration begun
- Norskedalen gets new paved entrance road and upper parking lot funded by Owen and Dorothy Bekkum
- Major summer storm damage in June (during Midsummer Fest!) and November does much tree damage
- First Bunad luncheon
- First artisans weekend at Skumsrud Heritage Farm
- The new red Norskedalen truck was purchased and new entrance archway and gate installed.
- The trail system re-opened after last year’s storm
- The Skumsrud Heritage Farm opens 7 days a week seasonally
- A commercial cooler donated by the Reinhart family installed in the Thrune Visitors’ Center kitchen and cooler in the shelter house donated by Pepsi Bottling Co,
- Fundraising by Benrud family begins toward pioneer church project
- Shuttle purchased to help transport less mobile visitors
- Bagstad house grand opening at Skumsrud Heritage Farm
- Norskedalen’s first web-site goes on line
Thrune museum completed and dedicated in August
$15000 Stry grant received for a handicapped-accessible trail to arboretum
Jim Fowler, of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom gives presentation
- Holte Cabin restoration completed
- High Hope Springs handicapped-accessible trail in the Gundersen Arboretum dedicated
- Gundersen-Running tobacco shed moved to Bekkum homestead, funded by Owen Bekkum
- Besadny grant received for Norskedalen’s bird egg collection
- Wold-Stendahlen House Exhibit set up
- Skumsrud cabin celebrates sesquicentennial
- Michelet-Buros House dedication at Skumsrud Heritage Farm
- First membership survey sent out
- Rognhulet granary moved to Norskedalen from Carol Hagen farm
- Bermester Charitable Trust funds ‘Mammals of Wisconsin’ exhibit
- Per and Anne Paulsen cabin (former Rognhulet /Caretaker cabin) renovated for public rental
- Strategic planning process results in a new five year Strategic Plan adopted by the Board in October
- Diane Gunvalson was hired as Executive Director. She served until 2008.
- Norskedalen Nights and Saturday morning programming are started
- Forest Stewardship Plan completed and adopted as a result of joining Kickapoo Wood Co-op.
- Norskedalen kicks off a year of celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the gift from Dr. Alf and Carroll Gundersen
- New website designed by Sleeping Giant Studios goes on-line
- First Sweet, Sweet Spring celebration spearheaded by Vince Hundt, Rick Brown, Jacob Hundt and the Driftless Folk School
- Helga Gundersen Memorial Bunad Show at the Radisson with over 275 in attendence
- 30th Anniversary Flag unveiled at re-dedication of Gundersen Arboretum
- August 18th flood damages/destroys 7 of 10 bridges
- Owen Bekkum honored at Threshing Bee for 25 years of support and new path to Bekkum homestead donated by Owen Bekkum
- Wisconsin Arts Board grant for $5,251 received to develop a Norskedalen Folk Bunad and related displays
- $40,000 Strosaker grant for renovations to the Thrune Center received.
- Grand Opening of the Bunad Exhibit;
- The movie Fort McCoy begins filming at Norskedalen and Skumsrud
The “Twilight Tour” event is successfully established;
- Norskedalen Award banquet honors Jim and Joyce Halverson and Carl Halverson.
- Outdoor amphitheater constructed and officially dedicated, donated by David and Ruth Amundson;
- First annual Art Fair and Chocolate Soiree held at Skumsrud;
- After two decades of effort the “Little White Church” was transported from Sparta and rebuilt on Norskedalen’s grounds, donated by the Benrud family.
- Agnes Steenberg (posthumously) honored for Norskedalen Award
- First ever Archaeology Day
- Lindevig House roof was replaced at Skumsrud Heritage Farm
- 2nd Annual Art Fair and Chocolate Soiree held at Skumsrud
- Scrip Shopping Card fundraising program begun
- 23rd Annual Ice Cream Social held at Skumsrud
- 24th Annual Threshing Bee at Norskedalen
- 15th Annual Lloyd Thrune Carving Show
- 19th Annual Ghoulees in the Coulees
- 15th Annual Civil War Heritage Days
- 26th Annual Midsummer Fest
- 25th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas
- Smoky the Bear visits Environmental Education Days
- Sod roof on granary at Bekkum Homestead was replaced
- Floods ravage the bridges again this year