The Norwegian Laft Hus in Red Deer’s Heritage Square has gained recognized museum designation from the Alberta Museums Association.
The special status for the distinctive sod-roofed log house makes it eligible for more grants, says house co-ordinator Jody Dunn. The house now boasts a new Recognized Museum logo.
The Laft Hus, located east of the Red Deer Recreation Centre, was built by the Norwegian Laft Hus Society to resemble a traditional 17th century Norwegian farm house. The society formed in 1981 with the objective of preserving, interpreting and studying Norwegian heritage.
Laft means to build with logs and hus means house.
The Laft Hus, offers a variety of cultural programs from its premises in the summer. Until Aug. 31, it is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 403-347-2055.