From Scandia to Braham, a 47-mile walk On Wednesday, July 30, Gammelgården Museum intern Reece Almendinger began a three-day, 47-mile walk from the museum grounds in Scandia to Braham, Minnesota. The walk is intended to show people that if an immigrant in the 1860s needed to get somewhere important, he might need to walk, even [...]
Midsommar Dag will be celebrated Saturday, June 21 at Gammelgården Museum in Scandia. In modern Sweden, Midsommar Dag is an important holiday.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]