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Welk Homestead State Historic Site

Friends of the Welk Homestead (Strasburg, North Dakota)

On July 1, 2015, the Ludwig and Chrisina (Schwahn) Welk Homestead became a State Historic Site of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The Friends of the Welk Homestead was established on February 14, 2016.

Lawrence Welk Collection, NDSU Archives, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo.

Homestead National Monument of America: Lawrence Welk

"State to purchase Welk Homestead." Emmons County Record, 16 January 2014, 1 & 20.

"Students learn about agriculture at the Welk Homestead State Historic Site." Emmons County Record, 5 October 2017, 8.

The Welk Homestead: A Source Book

Vietz, Zachary. "State Historical Society celebrates grand opening of Welk Homestead." Emmons County Record, 10 August 2017, 1 & 11-12.

Lawrence Welk Collection, NDSU Archives

"Ludwig and Christina (Schwahn) Welk Farmstead, Strasburg, North Dakota," 2017.

Lawrence Welk: Fact and Legend, Victory Radio

  • Vander Vorst, Nicole. "Friends of the Welk Homestead discuss interpretive plans." Emmons County Record, 24 January 2019, 3.
  • Welk Home Visitation Up After State Buys Site by Nick Smith, The Bismark Tribune. 28 December 2015.

    Obituary: Lois Herman, 98, was 'Original Champagne Lady' for Lawrence Welk's orchestra by Kevin Giles, Star Trinbune, Minneapolis.

    The Welk Homestead: A Source Book by Thomas D. Isern and Michael M. Miller.

    Lawrence Welk Manuscript Collections, NDSU Archives, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, ND

    Lawrence Welk Collection, Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection, North Dakota State University

    Welk Homestead is now owned and managed by State Historical Society of North Dakota by Allan Burke, Emmons County Record 8 July 2015

    The Welk Home Site is Secure by Forum Editorial Staff, The Forum, 30 June 2015.

    Feelings Bittersweet for Welk Family by Mike Nowatzki, The Forum, 23 June 2015.

    Proving Up the Welk Homestead, 2 August 2014, video by Dr. Angela Smith.

    Party on the Prairie: Proving Up the Welk Homestead, Ludwig and Christine (Schwahn) Welk Homestead, Strasburg, North Dakota, 11-3 August 2014.

    "Several dozen volunteers participate in 'Proving up the Welk Homestead'." Emmons County Record, 14 August 2014.

    Bahr, Jeff. "Welk had many ties to South Dakota." Aberdeen American News, 17 May 2014.

    Bahr, Jeff. "Two of Welk's Siblings lived in Aberdeen." Aberdeen American News, 31 May 2014.

    Berg, Claudia. "SHSND Dir. Berg thanks Welk site boosters." Emmons County Record, 27 August 2015.

    Burke, Allan. "NDSU contingent shores up the barn at Welk Homestead." Emmons County Record, 1 May 2014, 1 & 3.

    Burke, Allan. "People of North Dakota have an opportunity to preserve homestead for future generations." Emmons County Record, 4 July 2013, 1 & 3.

    Burke, Allan. "SHSND will decide on Welk homestead after cost analysis ." Emmons County Record, 18 July 2013, 1 & 3-4.

    Burke, Allan. "State Historical Society sees future potential for the Welk homestead." Emmons County Record, 4 July 2013, 1 & 3.

    "Forum editorial: Purchase historic Welk site." Fargo Forum, 30 June 2013.

    Haga, Chuck. "Lawrence Welk’s niece recalls happy days at the family home in Strasburg, N.D." Grand Forks Herald, 10 July 2013, A9.

    Ibarra, John. "The greatest gift to our generation from the settlers at the Welk farm." Emmons County Record, 23 July 2013, 1. (7-25-13)

    Images of the Welk Homestead on the GRHC's Flickr

    Isern, Tom. "Welk homestead more than bubbles." Bismarck Tribune, 27 July 2013.

    "It's about more than an old house." The Forum, Fargo, North Dakota, 14 January 2014, page A4.

    Jenkins, Clay. "When did we get too sophisticated to honor Lawrence Welk?" Bismarck Tribune, 19 January 2014.

    Lawrence Welk music arrangement index available online

    Books and videotapes about Lawrence Welk can be located at this GRHC website page:

    Lawrence Welk Books, CDs, and Videotapes (**Some items are limited quantity and out of print**)

    Oral Interviews with Fern Renner Welk, Branson, Missouri, 21 May 1994 and Santa Monica, California, 27 July 1994

    Oral Interview with Eva Welk, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 11 November 1993

    Oral Interview with Jayen Walton Rosen, San Antonio, Texas, 26 Jauary 1992 (former Champagne Lady with The Lawrence Welk Show)

    Death of Myron Floren, July 23, 2005

    Death of Lawrence Welk, May 17, 1992


    Death of Fern Renner Welk, 13 Februrary 2002

    Death of Norma Zimmer, 10 May 2011

    Other Articles about Lawrence Welk

    Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller