Syttende Mai, a Norwegian holiday heralding the arrival of spring was organized in 1968, with the first Syttende Mai celebration in 1969.
The 1969 button for this event was furnished by the American Legion Auxiliary. It was a small white button with Celebrate Syttende Mai, Westby, Wis., printed in red lettering.
The following year the Syttende Mai Board asked Evelyn Larson and were granted permission to use the nisse on the button. Evelyn has designed the button and made it camera ready for the past 50 years.
The first placemat featuring the two original nisse and the Norwegian table prayer was printed in 1969. A Federal Copyright was applied for and was granted. Copyrights are in effect for the owners lifetime plus 50 years.