I joined America last Saturday night, eager to watch one of the SNL’s most anticipated hosts, Betty White. As the episode started, I was even more surprised to see North Dakota’s own Lawrence Welk! Obviously, I know it wasn’t the real Lawrence Welk – but to have SNL paying tribute to America’s favorite “champagne music” bandleader is pretty cool.
Lawrence Welk’s story of German-immigrant roots and American dreams lives on at the Birthplace of Lawrence Welk – the family homestead near Strasberg, ND. Visitors can tour through the well-kept sod house where Welk was born, a summer kitchen, barn, blacksmith shop and learn about Germans from Russia and the immigration stories of the area. Tours are offered weekends, Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend.