Gammelgarden Museum

The Swedish midsummer celebration at Gammelgården Museum in Scandia on Saturday included traditional songs and games around the midsummer pole, a Swedish meal and craftmaking with the Junior Guides.

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If you don’t have Scandinavian relatives, chances are slim that you’ve ever seen one. The odds increase slightly if you’re from Kansas. The folk art object called ljuskrona (say “use-kroona”) is a Swedish candle holder wrapped with cut paper. It is usually placed on the dinner table for the Christmas Eve feast, but some resemble [...]

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Gammelgården Museum’s annual fiddle gathering, Spelmanstämma, will be Saturday, Aug. 17. Guests are invited to bring their fiddles to play along with musicians from the American Swedish Institute and Nykelharp Lag of the Twin Cities. Art and craft vendor booths open at 10 a.m. Children’s activities inspired from immigrant life of the 1860s are held [...]

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  In their first trip to the U.S., Oktetten Ehnstedts Eftr (Ehnstedt’s Octet) is making a stop in Scandia next weekend. The group takes its name from its original bandmaster, Magnus Herman Ehnstedt (1833-1905), and their music selections come directly from his hand-written arrangements. Magnus Ehnstedt’s “military octet” style of band music was prevalent at [...]

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In modern Sweden, Midsommar Dag is the most important holiday of the year. The Majstång is decorated with greens and flowers, then raised in the center of town. Traditional Swedish music and dances celebrate the long days of summer. This Saturday, June 22, you can be a part of this wonderful tradition at Gammelgården Museum’s [...]

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