Heritage Memorialized

Costume (Bunad)

Bunad Costume Costume (Bunad)
Irene Gilbertson, 1969
Wool, cotton, brass
Gift of Irene Gilbertson
MHAHS 2015.011.0001
Irene Gilbertson poses in her bunad with husband Otto, 1969. MHAHS 5×7.01294.

This decorated dress is a costume known as a bunad, a Norwegian rural folk garment. Irene Gilbertson created this particular outfit to wear when she took tickets and was a host at Mount Horeb’s annual performance of The Song of Norway, a play based on the life of Edvard Grieg.  Begun in 1969, the popular production became an outlet for local talent and a way for the community to attract visitors to the area. Irene Gilbertson’s paternal grandparents emigrated from Norway. She was a pillar of the community and involved in many different groups, including being a long-time participant of The Song of Norway.


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