Gammelgården Museum

Gammelgården Museum Established 1972 to Preserve, Present and Promote Swedish Immigrant Heritage.
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Come explore immigrant life in the 1850's! Our 5 historic buildings on this old (Gammel) small farm (garden) tell the story of the oldest Swedish settlement in Minnesota. Festivals, tours, children's programs, events and exhibits are family friendly. Visit our website: www.gammelgardenmuseum.org for more information.

Gammelgården Museum's cover photo
05/01/2019

Gammelgården Museum's cover photo

05/01/2019

Tour guides are trained, luncheon menus set, Butik is stocked. We're set -- Gammelgarden Museum is OPEN for 2019!! Walk in tours available starting Friday - Sundays 1pm and 2:30 pm. If you missed the volunteer training this last weekend - still time! Call the museum to volunteer!

Gammelgården Museum
04/27/2019

Gammelgården Museum

These little creatures (yes, they are mice) were created this week by a crafty group from wool that wool to the museum long ago. Good to be using it!

These little creatures (yes, they are mice) were created this week by a crafty group from wool that wool to the museum l...
04/20/2019

These little creatures (yes, they are mice) were created this week by a crafty group from wool that wool to the museum long ago. Good to be using it!

03/15/2019

Coming up at the Marine Library -- Anna Johansson Petersson was a Swedish immigrant. Check it out.

Lilacs in a Blue Bowl

with Mary Fernstrum and Wendy Fernstrum

Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm

Come “meet" Anna Johansson Petersson. Mary Fernstrum brings Anna to life through poems, collected in a chapbook produced by her daughter, award-winning book artist Wendy Fernstrum, Anna’s great-granddaughter. A conversation with the poet and book art creator.

Free. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Council Chambers, Marine Village Hall, 121 Judd Street, Marine on St. Croix

MarineCommunityLibrary.org ~ MarineLibraryAssociation.org

651-433-2820

Winter at Gammelgarden
03/05/2019

Winter at Gammelgarden

Have you noticed more activity at Gammelgarden Museum this winter? We've partnered with Marine Mills Folk School -- chec...
02/28/2019

Have you noticed more activity at Gammelgarden Museum this winter? We've partnered with Marine Mills Folk School -- check out the classes!!

Birch bark has been used since ancient times in northern countries! This introductory class provides students the opportunity to work with birch bark and Fred Livesay, a craft and folk school instructor of 45 years as your guide.

https://marinemillsfolkschool.org/event/the-essential-birch-bark-box/
click here to register and learn more!

02/27/2019

We're working on the new season - Gammelgarden's Attic A-Z. Set to open May 3, 2019!

But wanted to give a shout out to Shelley McShannon and Signe Fluegel, volunteers who were honored at our Annual Meeting in January. Thank you Shelley and Signe!

FYI - Signe's Swedish Language classes start up April 15. Give her a call or email to register. (651) 429-1012 or email [email protected]. Details on our website.

Give the unique gift of preserving Swedish immigrant heritage with a Gammelgården membership! Our individual supporter ...
12/08/2018

Give the unique gift of preserving Swedish immigrant heritage with a Gammelgården membership! Our individual supporter level membership is $45 and includes the Tidskrift newsletter, 10% discount at the Butik gift shop, member pricing for select events & classes, and free guided tours of the museum. http://gammelgardenmuseum.org/engage/

Check out the write up in Stillwater Gazette. Thank you Kim, glad you enjoyed the Annie's Coffee.
12/03/2018
Serving up Swedish traditions

Check out the write up in Stillwater Gazette. Thank you Kim, glad you enjoyed the Annie's Coffee.

Lynne Blomstrand Mortzka’s eyes light up when she talks about Swedish traditions.

Do you have Swedish ancestors? The casting director for the Emmy award winning TV show "ALLT FÖR SVERIGE” (English ti...
12/03/2018
Great Swedish Adventure

Do you have Swedish ancestors? The casting director for the Emmy award winning TV show "ALLT FÖR SVERIGE” (English title “Great Swedish Adventure”) has reached out to us. They are searching for Americans who badly want to find out more about their Swedish heritage and wish to visit Sweden to be a part of an adventure that you never will forget. The deadline to apply is January 20th, 2019. The show is shooting in the summer (end of May- June) in Sweden. Apply below!

For more information - please contact LA office casting producer Sofia Eng at ph:(310) -500 8350 mail: [email protected]

We're OPEN today from 10-4. Current Gammelgården members receive a 10% discount on all Butik purchases! #smallbuisnesss...
11/24/2018

We're OPEN today from 10-4. Current Gammelgården members receive a 10% discount on all Butik purchases! #smallbuisnesssaturday

Stop down for our annual holiday Butik sale. 15% off everything today! (Thursday, Nov. 15th) from 10am - 7pm.
11/15/2018

Stop down for our annual holiday Butik sale. 15% off everything today! (Thursday, Nov. 15th) from 10am - 7pm.

10/21/2018
Allt för Sverige 2018 Part 2 of 8

Feelings of rootlessness are something many immigrants have struggled with, and “Allt för Sverige” a Swedish reality TV show offered ten Swedish-Americans, including local Scandia resident Andrew Morrison, a chance to visit the land of their forefathers and gain a glimpse into their past. Andrew's segment appears at the 36:34 mark and includes footage of Scandia and the Gammelgården Museum.

Did you know Sweden has an entire day devoted to cinnamon buns? 🇸🇪️Will you be driving through Scandia between 6...
09/30/2018

Did you know Sweden has an entire day devoted to cinnamon buns? 🇸🇪️

Will you be driving through Scandia between 6.30 - 8am this Thurs, Oct. 4? Stop by the intersection of Olinda Trail and Oakhill Road (by the Mercantile) where we will be handing out FREE mini-cinnamon buns in celebration of Sweden's National Cinnamon Bun Day.

If that's too early in the morning for you, stop by the Gammelgården for conversation, a free cinnamon bun and coffee between 9am-10am.

Wire Work Artist Faith Clover is offering a 1 day class this fall in Wound Wire Work. September 29   9:00 - 4:00  $65.00...
09/11/2018
Classes | Gammelgården Museum

Wire Work Artist Faith Clover is offering a 1 day class this fall in Wound Wire Work.
September 29 9:00 - 4:00 $65.00 + $10.00 materials; bring own lunch.
This was a class that was offered in the summer – check out the details (note new date) at http://gammelgardenmuseum.org/classes/
Call or stop in to the museum to sign up - 651-433-5053.

09/08/2018

Winning Meatballs at today’s Running of the Meatballs: 1st place - #134; 2nd - #956; 3rd - #302; 4th- #898; 5th - #217; 6th - #946, 7th - #714; 8th - #066; 9th - #822; 10th - #472.
Last meatball down - #517.
Congratulations to all!

Thank to all who bought, sold, constructed and cheered on the Meatballs!

A beautiful day for The Running of the Meatballs! Join us at Scandia’s Taco Daze. Meatballs run at 3:30.
09/08/2018

A beautiful day for The Running of the Meatballs! Join us at Scandia’s Taco Daze. Meatballs run at 3:30.

The first meatball across the finish line wins $500 CASHThe next nine in line win prizes too! Don't miss this race of ep...
09/07/2018

The first meatball across the finish line wins $500 CASH
The next nine in line win prizes too! Don't miss this race of epic proportions. Saturday, Sept. 8th - right before the Taco Daze parade, downtown Scandia.

08/18/2018
Spelmansstämma 2018

What a wonderful Spelmansstämma! Many thanks to our fiddlers, pig roasters and volunteers. We look forward to toe-tapping with you again next year.

Hogging the attention in the parking lot  tonight is The Pig. Roast Master Scott is overseeing the roasting through the ...
08/18/2018

Hogging the attention in the parking lot tonight is The Pig. Roast Master Scott is overseeing the roasting through the night. It'll be carved and ready for serving at Spelmansstamma tomorrow - 11 am. Come enjoy the feast and tap your toes to the fiddlers tunes at 1 pm.

We couldn't ask for better weather for our Spelmansstämma Fiddle Fest tomorrow (Sat., Aug. 18th). The Swedish Pig Roast...
08/17/2018

We couldn't ask for better weather for our Spelmansstämma Fiddle Fest tomorrow (Sat., Aug. 18th). The Swedish Pig Roast will be served from 11-12:45 and there will be other treats available throughout the day. Come and join in the fun!

Gammelgarden was well represented at the Karl Oskar Day Parade in Lindstrom this weekend. Hope you were there to wave at...
07/16/2018

Gammelgarden was well represented at the Karl Oskar Day Parade in Lindstrom this weekend. Hope you were there to wave at them!

We had the pleasure of hosting 30 children yesterday who are members of immigrant families, now living in Ramsey County....
07/12/2018

We had the pleasure of hosting 30 children yesterday who are members of immigrant families, now living in Ramsey County. They came to present their stories about the countries in which they were born, ranging from Laos to Thailand, Mexico & Africa. They each told their immigrant story to a small group including a volunteer "listener" from our community.

We had the pleasure of hosting 30 children yesterday who are members of immigrant families, now living in Ramsey County. They came to present their stories about the countries in which they were born, ranging from Laos to Thailand, Mexico & Africa. They each told their immigrant story to a small group including a volunteer "listener" from our community.

Yesterday, we celebrated the most important holiday of the year and one of the most uniquely Swedish in the way it is ce...
06/24/2018

Yesterday, we celebrated the most important holiday of the year and one of the most uniquely Swedish in the way it is celebrated. The Majstång (the Swedish version of a Maypole) was decorated with greens and flowers then raised in the center of the Gammelgården grounds. Traditional Swedish music and dances celebrated the long days of summer!

Yesterday, we celebrated the most important holiday of the year and one of the most uniquely Swedish in the way it is celebrated. The Majstång (the Swedish version of a Maypole) was decorated with greens and flowers then raised in the center of the Gammelgården grounds. Traditional Swedish music and dances celebrated the long days of summer!

Preparations are well underway for SATURDAY 6/23 as we celebrate Midsommar Dag, join in the festivities! Smörgåsbord f...
06/22/2018

Preparations are well underway for SATURDAY 6/23 as we celebrate Midsommar Dag, join in the festivities! Smörgåsbord from 11 to 12:30: $15 adult / $8 Child – no reservation needed. 1pm: Raising of the Majstång followed by music and folk dances. More details available on our website: http://gammelgardenmuseum.org/events/

Guests experienced a day as an immigrant making a new life on a small farm in the town of Scandia in the late 1800’s. ...
05/28/2018

Guests experienced a day as an immigrant making a new life on a small farm in the town of Scandia in the late 1800’s. As part of annual Minnesota Museums Month, tours were given of each of the five historic and fully furnished buildings. Guests also participated in the work and play of residents of this small farm. Some hauled water, packed their trunk for America, milked a cow, did laundry and played games at “recess” in the new school yard.

Guests experienced a day as an immigrant making a new life on a small farm in the town of Scandia in the late 1800’s. As part of annual Minnesota Museums Month, tours were given of each of the five historic and fully furnished buildings. Guests also participated in the work and play of residents of this small farm. Some hauled water, packed their trunk for America, milked a cow, did laundry and played games at “recess” in the new school yard.

MSP Film Society
05/18/2018

MSP Film Society

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth, the The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul proudly brings 16 of his greatest films to the Twin Cities, co-sponsored by the American Swedish Institute. Spanning three decades, The Bergman Century features his greatest achievements (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers) and some of his lesser-known, though equally remarkable films (Port of Call, Shame, The Touch.). A must-see for fans of the Swedish auteur! Info: bit.ly/2rDOtKz

Scandia's 5th graders got a lesson in the life of early Swedes in Minnesota.
05/11/2018

Scandia's 5th graders got a lesson in the life of early Swedes in Minnesota.

Gammelgarden Museum is open for tours. (and shopping)
04/29/2018

Gammelgarden Museum is open for tours. (and shopping)

Opening day! The museum and Butik gift shop are open for 2018. Tours - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm and 2:30pm. Bu...
04/27/2018

Opening day! The museum and Butik gift shop are open for 2018. Tours - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm and 2:30pm. Butik open 10-4 M-F and 1-4 on Sundays. Stop in and see what's new.

04/24/2018
SVF Choir at Gammelgården 2018

The SVF High School Choir sang in the Gammelkyrkan on Monday, April 23, 2018 one of the songs from their touring repertoire. This was the Swedish song "Bred Dina Vida Vingar" or "Spread your wide wings." The choir sang at Bethel College a few days before and heads to Chicago's North Park University this coming week.

The Vettern College Choir, Jonköping, known as SVF - Sodra Vatterbygdens Folkhogskola  (Folk High School) was the first...
04/23/2018

The Vettern College Choir, Jonköping, known as SVF - Sodra Vatterbygdens Folkhogskola (Folk High School) was the first tour group of the season. What a treat for our tour guides, not only were they delightful but they sang for us too! Hopefully a video will be posted soon. Wonderful way to start the season!

Gammelgarden Director, Lynne Blomstrand Moratzka was awarded the Good Neighbor Award tonight by Mayor, Christine Maefsky...
04/18/2018

Gammelgarden Director, Lynne Blomstrand Moratzka was awarded the Good Neighbor Award tonight by Mayor, Christine Maefsky at the Scandia City Council meeting. Congratulations, well deserved, Lynne!

It may be white outside, but it's definitely spring inside our newest issue of the Tidskrift where you can read about ou...
04/15/2018
Gammelgården's Spring Tidskrift 2018

It may be white outside, but it's definitely spring inside our newest issue of the Tidskrift where you can read about our upcoming season and see the exciting lineup of classes and workshops we have planned this year!

Gammelgården Museum's cover photo
04/09/2018

Gammelgården Museum's cover photo

Our friends at The Cedar Cultural Center continue to present outstanding Nordic groups. Longtime Twin Cities favorites, ...
02/28/2018
An Evening with VASEN - Tickets - Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots - Minneapolis, MN - March 4th, 2018

Our friends at The Cedar Cultural Center continue to present outstanding Nordic groups. Longtime Twin Cities favorites, Väsen unites a sophisticated symphonic five-string viola, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) to create a sound that is both deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music and yet joyfully delights in the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. https://www.thecedar.org/event/1601593-evening-vasen-minneapolis/

Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen,

True "community" enhanced the warmth inside the Scandia Community Center during Vinterfest yesterday. Participants enjoy...
01/28/2018

True "community" enhanced the warmth inside the Scandia Community Center during Vinterfest yesterday. Participants enjoyed crafts, delicious food and story time. Some even ventured outside for the Lutfisk kicking contest!

True "community" enhanced the warmth inside the Scandia Community Center during Vinterfest yesterday. Participants enjoyed crafts, delicious food and story time. Some even ventured outside for the Lutfisk kicking contest!

12/16/2017
Gammelgården's Lucia Program

We're still basking in the afterglow of our Lucia celebration last weekend. Enjoy this short video featuring the Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir.🕯️

Gammelgården Museum's cover photo
12/10/2017

Gammelgården Museum's cover photo

On Sunday, December 10th, we welcomed the Jul season with the celebration of Lucia. Guests followed the candlelit pathwa...
12/10/2017

On Sunday, December 10th, we welcomed the Jul season with the celebration of Lucia. Guests followed the candlelit pathway to the GammelKyrkan (dating back to 1856) for a brief Swedish prayer service. Afterwards, they gathered across the street at the Community Center for a full Lucia Jul Fest Breakfast and Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir Lucia program. Lucia Dagen is a family tradition for all ages!

On Sunday, December 10th, we welcomed the Jul season with the celebration of Lucia. Guests followed the candlelit pathway to the GammelKyrkan (dating back to 1856) for a brief Swedish prayer service. Afterwards, they gathered across the street at the Community Center for a full Lucia Jul Fest Breakfast and Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir Lucia program. Lucia Dagen is a family tradition for all ages!

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