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Irwin Kenneth Smemo, American history professor. Recipient Burlington Northern award, BNRR, 1986, America-Norway Heritage award, Norsemen's Federal Oslo, 1988; Danforth fellowship, Ralston Purina Inc., 1966-1967, Research grant, Kingdom of Norway, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo, 1972, Minnesota State University Systems, 1969-1970, 1974, 1976, 1980.


Smemo, Irwin Kenneth was born on November 23, 1930 in Brookings, South Dakota, United States. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Smemo.


Bachelor of Science in History, University Wisconsin, Eau Claire, 1957. Master of Arts in History, University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy in History, University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1967.


Instructor Osseo High School, Wisconsin, 1957—1961. Assistant professor to professor Minnesota State University, Moorhead, 1961—2010, dean, graduate studies, 1967—1969, chairman department history, 1968—1969, director Scandinavian studies program, 1972—1995, director Northwest Minnesota History Archive, 1972—1980, chairman department history, 1971—1973. Visiting professor Amerikansk Institute University Oslo, 1976.

Sergeant United States Army, 1952-1954, Korea.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (book) Against the Tide, 1986. Contributor articles to professional publications.


Member of Nordmanns-Forbundet, Norwegian-American History Association, Society Advancement of Scandinanvian Studies, Organization American Historians.


Married Nancy O'Brien Smemo. Children: Kristoffer, Molly;children from previous marriage: Elizabeth, Margaret, Eric.

Alfred Smemo

Elizabeth Smemo

Nancy O'Brien Smemo

Kristoffer Smemo

Molly;children from previous marriage: Elizabeth Smemo

Margaret Smemo

Eric Smemo