The Thorstein Veblen Farmstead National Historic Landmark                       

The most satisfying part of our stewardship of the Landmark is sharing the Veblen family story with guests and tour groups.  The lives of Norwegian immigrants Thomas and Kari Veblen and their children exemplifies the immigrant experience of 19th century America.  This farm stands as a testament to their ingenuity, devotion to hard work and determination to educate their children for a better future in their new country.

Their son Thorstein initially gained recognition with the publication of his first book, The Theory of the Leisure Class, in 1899. It has been translated into many languages, and has been in continuous publication ever since. The Landmark honors Veblen's accomplishments as a world-renowned economist, author and social critic. Visitors experience the home where one of America's most important thinkers grew up, and gain some insight into how Thorstein Veblen's childhood experiences on a late 19th century immigrant farm helped shape his economic and social theories that continue to remain relevant today.

Tours of the Landmark may be scheduled for Wednesday afternoons between Memorial Day and Labor Day BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Groups larger than 20 are divided to limit the number of people in the house at one time.  The price is $15/per person, with a minimum charge of $150.  If desired, arrangements can be made for refreshments on the lawn.  Possibilities range from homemade cookies and lemonade to a full picnic lunch in the garden.  Price is determined by the size of the group and choice of refreshments.

To schedule a tour of the Landmark please fill out the contact form and include 'TOUR' in the subject line and the date you would like to visit the farm.  To avoid disappointment it's prudent to schedule your tour as far in advance as possible.  We look forward to sharing the Landmark with you!

 

TOUR PARTICIPANTS' COMMENTS

It was such a pleasure to meet you both and see your beautiful place — ‘the best kept secret in Minnesota’.
— Bonnie
Thank you for your warmth, hospitality, time and great care of this amazing place. It is clear the Veblen family history is in great hands .
— Esther, a Veblen decendant
Thank you for your superb tour of the Veblen Farmhouse and for a thoroughly enjoyable evening learning new things about Thorstein Veblen and your historic home!
— Jeff