April Swedes who served in the American Civil War
May Rachel presents Fritiof Nilsson/Piraten
Fritiof Nilsson Piraten ("the Pirate") born Nils Fritiof Adam Nilsson was a Swedish author, from the south-most province Skane, which plays an important role in many of his books.
Educated as a lawyer at he left a successful practice in 1932 to write, and that same year published his debut, "Bombi Bitt och jag" ("Bombi Bitt and me"), a Scanian Tom Sawyer-like story of sorts. Bombi Bitt is what he is most remembered for, it was made into both a movie in 1936, and a TV-series 1968, the series starring Stellan Skarsgard of present Hollywood-fame in the lead role as Bombi Bitt, with Piraten himself as the narrator. Piraten went on to write two more books about Bombi Bitt, one in 1946 and one in 1974. Most of his books are collections of bucolic anecdotes about eccentric people in Skane, such as his novel, Bock i örtagård ("Buck in herbal garden", 1933), about an illiterate horse-dealer and squire who bullies his way into a church-wardenship to win a bet.
Local Amery science teacher to compete in Sweden in 2015
Kubb is an old Nordic game that is said to have its origins with the Vikings. Starting roughly 25 years ago, the game exploded throughout the Nordic countries. Over the past 10 years, kubb has had significant growth in Europe and the U.S. The Midwest is currently home to the majority of recreational and competitive kubb activity in the U.S. Congratulation to Mark Oman for winning the North American one-on-one Kubb Championship and he will compete in Sweden in July 2015.
March Meeting was our Ancestors and Artifacts night!
Looking Back --- February Celebrated Greta Garbo
February Meeting was Tuesday the 3rd
We will feature an interesting documentary about Stockholm-born actress, Greta Garbo, from the Turner Classic Archives series. Her life will be revealed through interviews with biographers, friends, relatives, and associates. Her career will be illustrated by clips from her movies, ranging from her early film work in Sweden through to her Hollywood triumphs.
The Kiss is a 1929 American drama film directed by Jacques Feyder and starring Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, and Lew Ayres in his first feature film. The film is known for being both MGM and Greta Garbo's last silent film. It was also the last such film for Conrad Nagel. Irene (Greta Garbo) is a young woman unhappily married to an older gentleman; to add to her woes, she is in love with a young lawyer, André (Conrad Nagel). Unable to find a solution to continue their romance, they stop seeing each other. Irene starts spending her time with young Pierre (Lew Ayres), the son of her husband's business associate, who is infatuated with her. When Pierre leaves for college, he begs her for a goodbye kiss. After a chaste kiss, Pierre steals another – as Irene's husband takes notice. A murder mystery and trial ensue.
Greta Garbo in Anna Christie
Born Greta Lovisa Gustafson in 1905, Garbo grew up in a Stockholm slum and happened into acting after a film director discovered her in a local department store. By 1930, the “Swedish sphinx" had become an icon of the silver screen, captivating American moviegoers with her androgynous appeal and husky voice. Her first spoken words on screen — "Give me a vhiskey" — were later eclipsed by the line "I vant to be let alone," from the Oscar-winning 1932 film Grand Hotel — a declaration that perfectly encapsulated her approach to the outside world. The actress shunned all the trappings of Hollywood life, refusing to sign autographs, declining all interview requests, leaving fan mail unanswered and avoiding film premieres and awards ceremonies — including the 1955 Academy Awards, despite the promise of an honorary Oscar.
Looking Back---Theater night in Amery
What is Gaslighting?
Klub members met at the theater on October 16th, to enjoy Ingrid Bergman's stellar performance in Gaslight.
Gaslight is an American 1944 mystery/thriller film adapted from Patrick Hamilton 1938 play Gas Light. It was the second version to be filmed, following the British film Gaslight, directed by Thorold Dickinson and released in in 1940. This 1944 version was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her screen debut. It had a larger scale and budget than the earlier film, and lends a different feel to the material. To avoid confusion with the first film, this version was in the UK originally given the title The Murder in Thornton Square.
The film opens just after world-famous opera singer Alice Alquist has been murdered. The perpetrator bolted, without the jewels he sought, after being interrupted by a child—Paula (Ingrid Bergman), Alice's niece, who was raised by her aunt following her mother's death.
Paula is sent to Italy so that she can train to be an opera star with the same teacher who once trained Alice. She studies with him for years, all the while trying to forget that terrible night at Number 9 Thornton Square in London.
Paula meets Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer) and soon falls in love with him. She eventually ends her long tutelage to marry him. He persuades her they should live in the long-vacant London townhouse her aunt bequeathed her and, to help calm her anxieties, suggests they store all of Alice's furnishings away in the attic. Before they do, Paula discovers a letter addressed to her aunt by a man named Sergius Bauer, dated only two days before the murder, tucked away in a music book. Gregory's reaction is swift and violent, but he quickly composes himself, explaining his outburst as one of frustration at the bad memories his bride is experiencing.After Alice's things are packed away in the attic and the door blocked, things take a turn for the bizarre. Join us for this great classic film.
Looking All the Way Back --- Our History
Map of the Swedish immigrants who lived in Wisconsin at the time of 1900 census.
The counties in black with a diagonal stripe had the most Swedes with more than 1000,and white with a diagonal black stripe had 700 to 1000 Swedish settlers. The all black counties had 400 to 700 Swedish settlers. Light gray are counties with 10o to 400 Swedes, and all white are 0 to 100 of Swedish decent. Our county, Polk, located on the far western border of Wisconsin on the St Croix River bordering Minnesota, was one of the areas of highest Swedish settlement. In Burnett County are located towns that were centers for Swedish settlement. They are Trade Lake, Grantsburg and Falun. And then south still along the river are the towns of Lund and Stockholm are located in Pierce and Pepin Counties.