THE GIANTS OF THE EARTH HERITAGE CENTER, was originally incorporated in 2009 as a non-profit educational institution, dedicated to honoring, preserving, and interpreting the history and heritage of the people from Spring Grove’s Norwegian Ridge in southeastern Minnesota. Drawing on a rich cultural history, the Center records and reflects the achievements of indigenous peoples and immigrants to the Spring Grove area. The Center draws upon varied resources, while also providing a gathering place and a sense of community and identity to its public.
- to function as an educational center and source of inspiration for a wide public;
- to preserve and share its collections and resources that are held in trust;
- to acquire, through purchase and gift, significant artifacts and documentary materials relevant to the heritage and people of the Spring Grove Norwegian Ridge area; and
- to present the collections, related exhibitions, and interpretive programming to the general public, students of all ages, visitors, and scholars in a manner consistent with the highest educational and artistic standards.
The significance of this shared heritage mandates an important role for the institution as a laboratory for intergenerational and experiential opportunities, which immerse participants in a continuing story of the American experience.