Traditions of Caring

Traditions of Caring by Junius Rochester

Junius Rochester was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After a career in international business he turned to his favorite avocations; writing and historical research. He is the Author of eight books, numerous articles, and over 100 historical vignettes which have been featured weekly on KUOW FM.

His latest work, Traditions of Caring, details an exciting journey through history. Starting with Viking adventures, it follows the arrival of Norwegian immigrants in America and their eventual migration to the Pacific Northwest.  The arrival of these “New Vikings” helped establish cultural, heritage, educational and medical organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Norse Home is one of these organizations. Rochester’s book finishes by describing the incredible efforts; it took nearly 30 years of planning, designing and fundraising for Norse Home’s dream to become a reality in 1957.

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“For anyone who grew up in Seattle eating lutefisk at Christmas and celebrating Syttende Mai, Junius Rochester’s history of the Norse Home is a bracing blast of fresh air. More than the fascinating story of a single institution, it conveys the experience of our Norwegian ancestors who came to Seattle to build new lives and in so doing breathed life into an emerging city that today owes so much to these amazing immigrants and their descendants. As the third of four Seattle Knutes, I recommend it.”—Knute Berger

Knute Berger is a local author, historian, TV and radio commentator, and contributor to the website Crosscut.

Traditions Of Caring: A History of Norse Home, Seattle, Washington by Junius Rochester, is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in Seattle’s Norwegian history, community activism, or eldercare in the Pacific Northwest.  Rochester addresses not just the history of Norse Home, he details the history of Norwegian immigrants in Seattle.  The book explores that community’s existing sense of community and caring for each other’s needs, and traces the natural evolution of these values that led to Norse Home Retirement Community’s founding.

-          Paula Becker, Staff Historian, and co-author of Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington’s First World’s Fair and The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair And Its Legacy