Welcome to 2018--- the year at a Glance
May 1 Aquavit Tasting Night with the Makers of Gamle Ode Aquavit
Mike McCarron visits to talk about and let us taste his Aquavit --made in Minnesota. "Old ode": A tribute to Scandinavia, community, and celebration Why Gamle Ode? This “old ode” is my way of honoring the people who introduced me to aquavit and smørrebrød, and my general debt of gratitude to all Scandinavians–from Iceland to Denmark, with touches of Sweden, Finland, and Norway. Gamle Ode is an ode in part to the actual beverage, but also to the cultural experience and the richness of celebration with family and friends who share these aquavit occasions. In short, to the heartfelt moment that accompanies the word: Skål, Skál, Kippis, Skol, Skaal, Skal, Cheers!
June 1 Presentation on Gustaf Tenggren
We will learn about Swedish American artist Gustaf Teggren with a speaker from the University of Minnesota, Caitlin Martineau.
June 21st the 4th Annual Meeting of the Swedish Meatball team in prep for Midsommar
Midsommar is June 23
July 10th We Celebrate Ingmar Bergman's 100th Birthday
Februari was Film Night Nordic Noir Anno 1790
At our film night on February 6th we will watch an episode of Anno 1790. In 1790 Johan Gustav Dåådh joins the Stockholm police, in an attempt to change, or at least improve, the system from within. He is a modern thinker in an old hierarchy. Torn between alliances, he solves crimes among rich and poor.
Mars---March 6th Ancestors Night Show and Tell
With Special Guests Big Gust and Madame Olive Framsted
Big Gust Anderson born in Sweden in 1872 resided in Grantsburg for about 25 years before he died in 1926. He was an outstanding character of human stature. The 7 1/2 foot giant became well known as the village Marshall and old lamp lighter. A wooden statue of "Big Gust", carved by Alf Olson, is located in front of the Community Center building at 416 South Pine Street. Stop to see the statue of "Big Gust" and listen to him tell his story.
Our Favorite Game Kubb---we are learning to play!
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.