Nordic Heritage Museum is building a new home. Community support has been amazing from the start, with over 890 donors making more than 1500 gifts to the campaign. The new, modern 57,000-sq. ft. museum and cultural center will include a refined layout and expanded exhibition and educational spaces. Teams of scholars, architects and designers have been working hard to plan a museum informed by the Nordic spirit. The new museum is organized around a linear “fjord”that weaves together stories of the homeland and Nordic American experience.
Construction is well underway, starting with the formal Groundbreaking celebration in July, 2016, and the March, 2017 celebration of the placement of the highest beam with a Nordic “Topping Off”ceremony. A Grand Opening for this visionary museum will be held in May, 2018.
Total cost of the project is $47 million and to date they have raised over $40 million. There are still funds to be raised. Join this grand group of supporters who are represented by Kurt Ness. Kurt is a member of the Nordic Heritage Museum board of trustees and grandson of Trident Seafoods co-founder, Kaare Ness. Kurt is Director of Sales and Marketing and Co-Owner of Integrated Marine Systems, Inc. The company specializes in designing and manufacturing marine refrigeration equipment for commercial fishing vessels and shore side processing facilities. Prior to his involvement with IMS, Kurt was the Captain of Oregon State University Men’s Soccer Team, where he graduated with honors while being selected to both the PAC-10 All-Academic and All-Athletic teams from 2000-03. Kurt later completed his Master’s degree at Seattle University before serving as European Sales Director for a local marine electronics company. Kurt from an early age proudly immersed himself in his family’s Norwegian heritage; he continues to look for ways in which he can honor this community through education, service and cultural outreach. Kurt resides here in Ballard with his lovely wife and two wonderful children.