Field Trips Still Exist in College

Posted on Friday, September 11th, 2015 by Ben Deetz

A view of the ship from the stern.

A view of the ship from the stern.

A view of the ship from above, displaying the bunks the crew slept in.

A view of the ship from above, displaying the bunks the crew slept in.

The replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church.

The replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This semester, I am taking ENG 326- British Literature: Medieval to Renaissance. Today my classmates and I went on a field trip to the Hjemkomst Center here in Moorhead, MN. The Hjemkomst Center is a museum owned and operated by the City of Moorhead Parks and Recreation Department. The the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County also operates out of the Hjemkomst center. The museum has two main attractions, a full size replica viking ship that was built in Hawley, Minnesota, and a Hopperstad Stave Church Replica. In addition to these exhibits, we were lucky enough to see some stuff behind the scenes at the museum. We got to inspect and examine some replica Viking attire and weapons. The replica vikings ship name is actially Hjemkomst, which is where the center gets its name. The ship was built over a span of ten years by Robert Asp, as he aspired to sail it from the Great Lakes all the way to Norway. Unfortunately, he fell terminally ill as the ship was being completed, dying just after the ship was put in the water. His family, inspired by his drive, vowed to complete his mission in his honor. A crew succeeded in sailing from The Us to Norway, departing through the Great Lakes and spanning the wide stretch of the ocean to reach the coast of Norway. It was a super impressive feat and I regard it as a very inspiring story. I enjoyed having the opportunity to check it out.

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I’m Ben Deetz. I’m from Sioux Falls, SD. I am an English major with a Coaching minor. I play soccer here at Concordia and hope to coach a soccer team when I am old. I play a lot of videogames, listen to rap music, longboard around town, and watch movies.