Giving a Viking House a New Home

In Fall 2017, a Viking House replica was moved to the UWGB campus. Owen and Elspeth Christianson built this Norwegian timber-framed house (a grindbygning) in 2011 on their land near the village of Stratford, Wisconsin. The Christiansons, Viking reenactors since the 1970s, built the house based on careful research of Viking-Age building traditions in Norway. Their dream was to use the house for both reenactment and educational purposes. Starting in 2013, the couple hosted Viking camp weekends for UW-Green Bay students. Based on their experience at the Viking House, UWGB students created their own experimental archeology projects and began designing a 3D model of the Viking House. The Christiansons donated the house to the UWGB campus, where it will be used for educational hands-on learning for students and the public.

The Viking House, photo taken in 2013.
The Viking House at the UWGB Campus, Winter 2018