The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lefse lover a 'cultural treasure'

In the land of tamales and fry bread, Loretta Olson 40 years ago took on the task of teaching the people in Tucson, Ariz., about lefse and folk dancing.

Olson, a member of American Lutheran Church, Tucson, grew up on a Minnesota farm surrounded by Scandinavian customs and brought those with her to Arizona in 1963.

Because her handprint is on Tucson’s Scandinavian culture groups, said a columnist in the Arizona Daily Star, she was honored as “Living Cultural Treasure” at the Tucson Meet Yourself annual cultural festival.


Tammy Los

Tammy Los

Posted at 10:30 pm (U.S. Eastern) 12/9/2009

Where can I find Lefse in Tucson, AZ?

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