Gammelgarden adds Junior Guides

Young volunteers teach immigrant life at Swedish museum in Scandia

Gammelgarden Junior Guides Riana Reis and Katie Crum teach Swedish folk dances. (Photo submitted)

Gammelgården Museum in Scandia has a new Junior Guide program for their 40th anniversary season.

Eighteen students from 6th grade through college are volunteering as assistants and historical characters at the many museum events this summer season.

At the popular Midsommar Dag Festival on June 23, the Junior Guides were busy involving visitors with 19th century immigrant life on this small farm in Scandia.   The trunk needed to be packed for Amerika at the Stuga, cows needed to be milked at the barn, butter made and water carried at the Immigrant Hus, laundry done at the big farmhouse.

There was also time for celebration:  Junior Guides taught visitors Swedish folk dances and school recess games, plus how to make flower wreathes and frog hats.

In addition to festivals, parades, and birthday parties, Junior Guides will lead immigrant-inspired activities at the Scandia Community Market, located on the Gammelgarden parking lot, each Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00.  They will assist at the Lek Stuga Children’s Story Hour on Wednesday mornings at 10:30.

Junior Guides will also be at the August 18 Spelmanstamma Festival, featuring star gazing with WCCO’s Mike Lynch.  And they will participate in Girls & Dolls Tea Parties, which are held one or two weekends each month, July through December.

The students were trained by museum volunteers Kathy Bakke and Julie Erickson.

Check for information on upcoming events.