"Waldemar Ager: Conversations about Immigrant Identity," a series of programs remembering the author and editor, will be presented Friday and Saturday in Eau Claire.

The programs are offered in observance of the 25th anniversary of the Eau Claire-based Waldemar Ager Association and the 150th anniversary of the year of Ager’s birth.

In his newspaper articles and in his novels and stories, Ager wrote about the people he knew and observed in daily life. The programs introduce his writings, talk about his views of immigration, seek to understand the immigrant experience and place all of this in its historical and contemporary context.

Here are some of the programs, which are free and open to the general public.


• "Ager and American Literature," presented by Tim Hirsch, 4 p.m. Saturday, Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire.

• "Women in Ager’s Writing," presented by ecWIT, 7:30 p.m., Davies Center.


• Waldemar Ager Museum, 514 W. Madison St., Eau Claire:  tours, 9 a.m.-noon; story time for children, 10-10:45 a.m.; "Introduction to Ager's Fiction," 11-11:45 a.m. 

• "Norwegian Migration: Women, Gender and Historical Patterns," presented by Betty Bergland, 2:30 p.m., Mayo Clinic Health System Auditorium, 1400 Bellinger St., Midelfort Building, Eau Claire· 

• "Ager as Citizen of Eau Claire, 4:30 p.m. Lakeview Cemetery, 1040 Forest St., Eau Claire.• Pre-Concert talk about Norwegian composers by Gretchen Peters, 6:30 p.m., Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave.

• Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra concert featuring Norwegian composers, 7:30 p.m., Pablo Center.

For more information go to agerhouse.org.