In 1938, Kenneth O. Bjork and Theodore C. Blegen prepared a history of the thirteen-year-old NAHA and laid out a long-range program for its future in a pamphlet entitled, A Review and a Challenge. The Association had already established a proud record of scholarship and could point to nineteen publications of merit.

Nearly a century later, NAHA reflects on more than one hundred publications and its vibrant service to its members and community. Its dynamic program has brought into focus the Norwegian-American experience and its relationship to all ethnic groups in the United States.

The “challenge” outlined by Bjork and Blegen still defines the Association’s work today. We are currently moving toward completion of a three-volume edition of immigrant letters to Norway, one of the key goals of our founders. At the same time, we have begun to explore the possibilities of digital publication for a new era. The challenge remains!