A wave of Scandinavian immigrants made their way to Poulsbo, Washington in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. They pioneered a rugged, forested peninsula in the Puget Sound, forging a new life for themselves and their families. With few settlers having had the time or energy to write about their stories as they were busy homesteading, and as the number of their remaining children and grandchildren in the region narrows, firsthand accounts of the history and adventures of these founding forefathers are becoming more precious and rare.
This collection begins by telling the story of one Scandinavian family and their land in Poulsbo Washington as part of the the greater Scandinavian heritage of the region. The earliest record begins in the 1890's with the arrival of John Storseth, a pioneering Norwegian immigrant in Poulsbo, Washington. His legacy continued on in his granddaughter, Shirley and her marriage to a local second generation Finn, Ernest Tuomi, whose parents arrived from Finland in the 1930's. The future of the Tuomi farm is currently unfurling in the hands of their children, and fortunately is very promising indeed.
The objective of the overarching collection is about preserving the history of the region, not only it's rich past, but it's current existence, and moving forward as a way to keep Scandinavians in the region connected with each other, their heritage and the path their forefathers laid for them. This will be achieved through providing online access to maps, documents, books, manuscripts, audio, video and images about Scandinavians, and life, in Poulsbo from their pioneering days through the present, and to provide connection and community into the future.