Near Nerstrand in Rice County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Thomas Anderson Veblen and Kari Bunde Veblen Farmstead / History of the Veblen Farmstead
Kari Bunde Veblen Farmstead
The most distinguishing trait of the Veblen family was its emphasis on education. Of the nine children who lived to adulthood, all but one finished secondary school, several studied on the college level, and three graduated from Carleton College. Both Andrew and Thorstein completed the Carleton curriculum in three years and then pursued postgraduate studies. Emily was reputedly the first daughter of Norwegian immigrants ever to graduate from an American college. Many of the Veblen children were teachers during at least part of their careers.
The most famous of them was Thorstein Bunde Veblen (1857-1929), the internationally recognized economist and social critic. He became a national literary and intellectual figure after the 1899 publication of his first book, The Theory of the Leisure Class. This book, still widely read, coined a number of new concepts, of which "conspicuous consumption" is best known.
The farm house marks a transition from the old world to the new. The exterior is in the Greek Revival style typical in the United States during much of the nineteenth
In 1864 Thomas Veblen bought 200 acres of unimproved land surrounding this site. In 1865 he purchased another 90 acres of partly cultivated land just east of what is now Norstrand Woods State Park. The family lived in a house on the smaller farm following their arrival in July 1865.
Work soon began on the new house. Foundation stones were quarried in what is now Norstrand Woods State Park and hauled to this site during the winter. By the fall of 1866 the foundation walls had been completed and covered with a temporary roof. The family moved in late that year. The shell of the house was probably erected in 1867 and the house assumed its final form about 1870. The barn was erected around 1872.
seal of the Minnesota Historical Society
Erected 1996 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 44° 20.887′ N, 93° 2.801′ W. Marker is near Nerstrand, Minnesota, in Rice County. Marker can be reached from Goodhue Avenue 0.4 miles north of Touch for map. Marker cannot be seen from the road; marker is on private property at a private residence. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16538 Goodhue Avenue, Nerstrand MN 55053, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nerstrand City Hall (approx. 1.1 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 9.4 miles away); Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza (approx. 9.4 miles away); 1888 Cannon Falls Fire Hall (approx. 13.1 miles away); "We Must Have a Gun" (approx. 13½ miles away); Colonel William Colvill Monument (approx. 13½ miles away); Medford's Last Carriage Stone (approx. 15.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Minnesota Historical Society. Veblen Farm. Restoring a national historic landmark. (Submitted on November 10, 2011.)
2. National Park Service. National Historic Landmarks Program. Veblen, Thorstein, Farmstead. (Submitted on November 10, 2011.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
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