Norwegian emigration to America and Norwegian American History 1825-2000. The sloop Restauration carried the first Norwegian emigrants from Stavanger to the United States in 1825. This site is bilingual in nature and is a multimedia website featuring a representative selection of Norwegian-American materials. One section that caught my eye features more than 500 letters written between 1850 and 1930. These letters are from the collection of the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, Hamar. Click on the tab "Letters Home." There's an extensive photo collection on the site as well as books and other materials concerning Norwegian emigration to America. Be sure you also visit the tab "Viking at Chicago." It's a rather extensive collection of clippings with biographies and other material printed in the various newspapers. If you have ancestors from Norway, this is a must visit.