Elise Waerenskjold historical marker Texas TX display Historical Site marker sign attraction education information landmark Place of Interest Tourist Destination Travel Destination Elise Tvede Hamilton County historic marker historic site John Reiersen Norway and Texas signage Wilhelm Waerenskjold attractive destination educating info Norwegian tourist attraction United States history no people text appealing Scandinavian tourism travel United States of America historic nobody word attract daytime displays European ethnicity historical markers markers signs South color image historical landmarks outdoor vertical appeal Caucasian day educate historic markers Jason O. Watson / historical-markers.org historic sites colour image destinations Norwegians outside tourist attractions Caucasian appearance day time Scandinavians day-time US words color images daylight outdoors USA verticals Caucasians colour images natural light outsides U.S. U.S.A. sign with text
Influential early promoter of Norwegian emigration to Texas; born Elise Tvede in 1815. In 1846, after John Reiersen migrated to Texas to found the first Norwegian settlement in the state, she became editor of his periodical "Norway and Texas." Through her articles, many were inspired to move here. In 1847 she, too, moved to Texas, and resided in both Van Zandt County and Hamilton County. She married Wilhelm Waerenskjold. Often they welcomed grateful newcomers into their home. Here she helped preserve the history of her people. Died 1895.