Syttende Mai, a Norwegian holiday heralding the arrival of spring was organized in 1968, with the first Syttende Mai celebration in 1969.

1969 Westby Syttende Mai button

The 1969 first Syttende Mai button, before the nisse came to town. The 1969 button for Syttende Mai was furnished by the American Legion Auxiliary. Very few were made and are a big collector item.

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.

Syttende Mai button 1970

The 1970 Westby Syttende Mai button designed by Evelyn Larson.

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.


Evelyn Larson's original Westby Syttende Mai placemat.

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.


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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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