The Journals of Orabel Thortvedt

Orabel Thortvedt's family was one of the first to settle in Clay County. Her father, Levi, began a daily journal in 1904. That passion for recorded history was passed on to his family. Perhaps the most prolific was Orabel, who composed an entire series of biographies on the lives of early settlers in Clay County.

Within these biographies, we also see another one of Orabel's skills: art. She studied at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, as well as the University of Minnesota. She put those skills forward in her biographies: sketching family members, animals, and a number of other sketches.

The goal of this exhibit is to take these amazing journals that left us and to use your transcriptions to turn them into searchable e-books with the hope of making them accessible to everyone.    

Credits

This exhibit was created by Concordia College undergraduate student Grace Duxbury for a Fall semester project in 2017. The Thortvedt collection is housed at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County Archives