Gammelgården Museum in Scandia has signed on to take part in Minnesota Museum Month, a month-long celebration of museums in May.
The event is a 31-day celebration of the hundreds of historic centers, art museums, zoos, and science centers located across the state. This is the inaugural year of what is hoped will become an annual festival of the many beloved museums and zoos located across Minnesota.
Gammelgården Museum is one of the over 700 museums in Minnesota celebrating the great heritage, innovation, culture, history in the state. Gammelgården Museum is celebrating its 40th year of preserving, presenting and promoting Swedish Immigrant Heritage and is the only open air museum devoted to Swedish immigration in the United States.
As a 40th birthday gift from Gammelgården Museum, the public is invited to take part in a special event to celebrate Minnesota Museums Month on Sunday May 27 from noon until 4 p.m. Immigrant for a Day is a special way to experience life as an immigrant living in the 1850’s.
The May 27th event is a free family opportunity.
A visit to Gammelgården (old, small farm in Swedish) Museum is a step back in time to the 1850’s when a wave of Swedish Immigrants arrived in the St Croix Valley to begin a new life in “Amerika.” With a final good-bye to those left behind and all their worldly possessions packed in a simple wooden trunk, they set out for the new life only America could provide. Hard work, ingenuity, faith and fortitude brought them a successful life in Minnesota.
A tour through the five historic buildings completely furnished with the tools, clothing, furniture, kitchen items, farm implements and handicrafts from the 1850’s gives visitors a genuine understanding and appreciation for the life of an immigrant beginning anew in Minnesota.
“It is like the people who live here have just left for town…” quoted one museum visitor. The immigrant experience is uniquely American and is still happening today. Many visitors are reminded of their own stories here at the museum.
Visit each of the historic buildings to participate in the work and play of residents of this new Minnesota community. In the Swedish Stuga, visitors can help to pack the trunk for Amerika and decide what must be left behind. Visitors can learn to make butter and how to haul water to their new American home, the Immigrant Hus.
In the barn, visitors can learn to shell corn or find out how heavy a cart of milk is when it must be pushed to market.
Visitors are invited to come dressed in period costume and join Gammelgården volunteers for a fun afternoon in 1850. Begin the day early in the GammelKyrkan at 8 a.m. during a celebration of the first worship service of the summer.
Gammelgården Museum is located on 11 acres in the beautiful St Croix Valley. Gammelgården has picnic grounds, restrooms, a gift shop and free parking.
More information can be found at: www.gammelgardenmuseum.org or by calling 651-433-5053.