Aagot Raaen

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Aagot Raaen (December 3, 1873 - January 7, 1957) was an American author and educator.


Aagot Raaen was born in Iowa. Her parents, Thomas Raaen and Ragnhild Rodningen, were immigrants from Norway. The family moved to Dakota Territory to establish a homestead, settling near Hatton, North Dakota. In 1903, Raaen graduated from the Mayville State Normal School, now Mayville State University. In 1913, she graduated from the University of Minnesota.[1]


Raaen taught at rural schools in North Dakota as well as at the Oak Grove Seminary Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, North Dakota. From 1917 to 1922, Aagot was the Superintendent of Schools in Steele County, North Dakota.[2]


Raaen authored several historical articles and books including the 1950 autobiographic work Grass of the Earth: immigrant life in the Dakota country. Through a description of the life of her family during their homesteading days, Raaen detailed pioneer life on the prairie.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Grass of the Earth: Immigrant Life in the Dakota Country, Ayer Publishing (1950) ISBN 405116586
  • Measure of My Days North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, (1953) ISBN 0-911042-00-8
  • Hamarsbön-Raaen Genealogy 1957


The papers of Aagot Raaen are contained within the North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies:

  • Aagot Raaen Photograph Collection
  • Aagot Raaen Papers, 1915–1953
  • Institute for Regional Studies records, 1950–present


  1. ^ Aagot Raaen, Biography (Read North Dakota)
  2. ^ Aagot Raaen, Portrait (Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo) [1]
  3. ^ Introduction to New Edition (Barbara Handy-Marchello. Minnesota Historical Society Press. October 1994) [2]

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