Norwegian Slooper Society of America
The Sloopers' Voyage to America
The first group of Norwegian Immigrants to America departed Stavanger, Norway, July 4, 1825, on the Sloop "Restauration". These 52 persons entered New York Harbor on October 9th, 98 days later.
Cleng Peerson led this group first to upstate New York; then to to the area of Illinois near Norway, Illinois, where the first permanent Norwegian settlement was established.
Descendants of these Norwegians who came over on the sloop have formed the Norwegian Slooper Society of America.
The Society Meets annually at the Norway Community Center in Norway, Illinois, on the Sunday nearest October 9. MAP