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Mayor's Speaker Series Continues Wed. with Grandson of Norwegian Immigrant

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Credits: By Walter Pardo
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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township Mayor Carolyn Gaziano's Speaker Series on "Diversity, Inclusion, Culture and Immigration" is scheduled to continue Wednesday, Sept. 27, with a public discussion with a local resident whose grandfather from Norway inspired him to further explore immigration and his family's history.

Rugh Knudson Klippel is scheduled to speak from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Fellowship Hall in Fellowship Village Senior Living off Allen Road in Liberty Corner.

Klippel was born in Hamilton, Ohio to parents who were both born west of the Mississippi River in the 1890s in small towns in Iowa, according to information from the township. He had the good fortune to get to know his maternal grandfather, Iver Knudson, a unique individual who was born in Norway in 1847 and immigrated to this country at the age of 20.

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Due to good health, and the blessing of surviving various extraordinary circumstances, Iver Knudsen lived to the age of 92. His recounting of his life experiences became cherished memories for his grandson, and provided the inspiration for Rugh Klippel's further exploration of immigration and the family history.

This is the fourth of five 2017 events to be hosted by Gaziano, who announced the series when she took of the one-year position of mayor in January.

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