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.

Gammelgarden's craft tables at Vinterfest this last weekend had special visitors.
01/27/2020

Gammelgarden's craft tables at Vinterfest this last weekend had special visitors.

Today was Vinterfest in Scandia - Gammelgarden was inside with crafts.
01/25/2020

Today was Vinterfest in Scandia - Gammelgarden was inside with crafts.

Last weekend was Gingerbread Tales - this weekend the final Annie's Coffee Party of 2019. The Butik is open through the ...
12/18/2019

Last weekend was Gingerbread Tales - this weekend the final Annie's Coffee Party of 2019. The Butik is open through the 23rd - stop in for all those last minute gifts.

Lucia Dagen’s Jul Fest 2019 has begun.
12/08/2019

Lucia Dagen’s Jul Fest 2019 has begun.

A new piece for the museum. Recalling Swedish Christmas song Stephen was a stablehand.  Thank you Linda Van Natta of St ...
12/07/2019

A new piece for the museum. Recalling Swedish Christmas song Stephen was a stablehand. Thank you Linda Van Natta of St Paul.

Yes, there are people who enjoy lutfisk.   600+ people were served lutfisk (ok, some only ate meatballs, Lefse and almon...
11/22/2019

Yes, there are people who enjoy lutfisk. 600+ people were served lutfisk (ok, some only ate meatballs, Lefse and almond cake) yesterday at the Scandia Community Center. If you missed it - we'll do it all again next year - 3rd Thurs. in November. Thank you to all for supporting Scandia's Gammelgarden Museum!

At our Lutfisk (and Swedish meatball) dinner tomorrow (Nov. 21, noon - 6 pm) you will also be able to bid on a wide vari...
11/21/2019

At our Lutfisk (and Swedish meatball) dinner tomorrow (Nov. 21, noon - 6 pm) you will also be able to bid on a wide variety of Silent Auction items - from a quilts from local quilters to pottery from local potters, Swedish table linens, baskets from local businesses and so much more! Stop by the Scandia Community Center for lutfisk and the auction.

This last weekend Gammelgarden hosted a class on the making of dala horse pull toys. Ralph Carlson taught the group how ...
11/18/2019

This last weekend Gammelgarden hosted a class on the making of dala horse pull toys. Ralph Carlson taught the group how to assemble and paint their dala horse pull toys. Watch for more classes - looks like this group had fun.

All things Christmas (Swedish style)
11/17/2019

All things Christmas (Swedish style)

All things Christmas (Swedish style)

in addition to Kusin Ulf (Ross & Marta Nelson) - we are looking forward to Renee & Adam (Vaughn) - performing at our Swe...
11/07/2019

in addition to Kusin Ulf (Ross & Marta Nelson) - we are looking forward to Renee & Adam (Vaughn) - performing at our Swedish Meatball & Lutfisk dinner on Nov. 21st!

Swedish Meatballs & Lutfisk - new venue, new times, plus a Silent Auction
10/29/2019
Swedish Meatballs & Lutfisk - new venue, new times, plus a Silent Auction

Swedish Meatballs & Lutfisk - new venue, new times, plus a Silent Auction

LUTFISK & SWEDISH MEATBALLS with Silent Auction, an annual tradition benefiting the Gammelgården Museum Thursday, November 21, 2019, noon - 6 pm $20 for adults / $12 children (12 & under), Note some changes this year:   No reservations - Continuous seating noon – 6pm Tickets sold at door, cash,...

Gammelgarden's own Natalie Redinger, 2018 Intern and 2019 Svenskarnas Dag Royal court carried the Swedish colors for the...
09/23/2019

Gammelgarden's own Natalie Redinger, 2018 Intern and 2019 Svenskarnas Dag Royal court carried the Swedish colors for the LEIF worship service at Norwegian Memorial Lutheran Church on September 22, 2019

The track & meatballs are packed away, the prizes (mostly) all collected - another successful Running of the Meatballs. ...
09/13/2019

The track & meatballs are packed away, the prizes (mostly) all collected - another successful Running of the Meatballs. We're not done without giving a special thanks to our walkers - Bonny Mack, Laura, our little Lucia, friends Mariah and Hayley. And a very special thanks to truck driver Leanard Hanson of Scandia. Until next year when we race those meatballs again! Thank you all.

09/07/2019

Congratulations to the winners of today's Running of the Meatballs:
1 Anders Magnuson
2.Brent Hodgeman
3.Tim Johnson
4.Tracy Poe
5.Michele Anderson
6.June Eagleton
7.Meredith McGrath
8.Cathy Mackewitz
9.Ann Sanford
10.Heather Mader
Last Ball Dennis Kendrick
Prizes can be claimed, with winning matching ticket at the Gammelgarden Butik ( Gift shop) Open M-Sat 10:00 - 4:00 and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00.
Thank you to all who supported this event - by selling, setting up, taking down and of course by purchasing tickets!

08/27/2019

The tradition of fiddling continues at Spelmansstamma today

Spelmansstamma today! Fiddlers start at 1pm.
08/17/2019

Spelmansstamma today! Fiddlers start at 1pm.

Preparations continue for the big day -  Spelmansstämma & Pig Roast!  Saturday, Aug. 17. Historic buildings are open 10 ...
08/16/2019

Preparations continue for the big day - Spelmansstämma & Pig Roast! Saturday, Aug. 17. Historic buildings are open 10 am - 1 pm (free). Pig Roast 11am - 12:30pm. Fiddle Music 1-3pm. See you there!!

Class is in session - a mental math lesson. Lessons, games and crafts and a sing-along - all weekend in Almelund, MN.
08/09/2019

Class is in session - a mental math lesson. Lessons, games and crafts and a sing-along - all weekend in Almelund, MN.

Clover Blossom School is open for lessons at Almelund Threshing Show.
08/09/2019

Clover Blossom School is open for lessons at Almelund Threshing Show.

Spelmansstamma & Swedish Pig Roast - August 17, 2019 -- Come join the fun!
08/01/2019
Swedish Pig Roast & Fiddle Fest! 🎻🎶🐷

Spelmansstamma & Swedish Pig Roast - August 17, 2019 -- Come join the fun!

4th Sunday of the month, June thru September – musicians and music lovers gather to pluck, pick, sing and generally tap toes. 2 pm in the shade of the front trees, unless it’s raining – then inside.

07/24/2019

Comin’ to America summer camp

07/24/2019
Gammelgården Museum
06/24/2019

Gammelgården Museum

It’s a beautiful day for Midsommar festivities!! It all starts at 10 am today. Music and dancing at 1pm

06/22/2019
ASI’s Cloudberries choir starts us off.
06/22/2019

ASI’s Cloudberries choir starts us off.

06/22/2019
06/22/2019
Let the feasting begin!!
06/22/2019

Let the feasting begin!!

Setting up for Smorgasbord!
06/22/2019

Setting up for Smorgasbord!

It’s a beautiful day for Midsommar festivities!! It all starts at 10 am today. Music and dancing at 1pm
06/22/2019

It’s a beautiful day for Midsommar festivities!! It all starts at 10 am today. Music and dancing at 1pm

The tents are up (thank you to Scandia Marine Lions for allowing us to use their tents), Majstång (Maypole) is awaiting ...
06/21/2019

The tents are up (thank you to Scandia Marine Lions for allowing us to use their tents), Majstång (Maypole) is awaiting its adornment and being placed upright. Fingers crossed but forecasts are looking better and better. Stop in and celebrate summer with us! Smörgåsbord is 11-12:30. Music and dancing starts at 1pm. Buildings all open - for free.
See you tomorrow at the Gammelgarden's Midsommar Dag festivities!!

Northern Bedrock is hard at work repairing the door on the Immigrant Hus and applying boracare to the exterior of the Pr...
06/18/2019

Northern Bedrock is hard at work repairing the door on the Immigrant Hus and applying boracare to the exterior of the Prast Hus. Thank you to all who supported this effort! Thank you Northern Bedrock crew! #gammelgarden_museum

Garage sale at the Plant Sale today!! Help rescue these little ones from the heat!
06/05/2019

Garage sale at the Plant Sale today!! Help rescue these little ones from the heat!

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 l...
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/

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20880 Olinda Trl N
Scandia, MN
55073

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Come explore immigrant life in the 1850's! Our 5 historic buildings on this old (Gammel) farm (gården) 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. The main exhibit in the Välkommen Hus & the Butik gift shop are open Monday-Saturday 10- 4pm & Sunday 1- 4pm, May – December. Visit our 5 historic log buildings from May to mid-Oct. Tours are given Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 & 2:30 or for groups by reservation.

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Maypoles something you see at many Scandinavian festivals. Midsummer is an occasion of large gatherings − In many cases, whole families gather to celebrate this traditional high-point of the summer. In Sweden Midsummer Eve is always a Friday between 19 and 25 June. People often begin the day by picking flowers and making wreaths to place on the maypole, which is a key component in the celebrations. Midsummer Eve in Sweden is celebrated in the countryside. Maypoles and dancing: The maypole is raised in an open spot and traditional ring-dances ensue, to the delight of the children and some of the adults. Teenagers tend to stay out of it and wait for the evening’s more riotous entertainment. So what is a maypole according to google? Maypole dance, ceremonial folk dance performed around a tall pole garlanded with greenery or flowers and often hung with ribbons that are woven into complex patterns by the dancers. Such dances are survivals of ancient dances around a living tree as part of spring rites. Typically performed on May Day (May 1), they also occur at midsummer in Scandinavia and at other festivals elsewhere. Dancing around a maypole involves a group of people taking a coloured ribbon attached to it and weaving around each other, often to music. Traditionally the dancers position themselves in pairs of boys and girls before beginning their routine. The dance creates a multi-coloured pattern which creeps steadily down the pole. The dancers then reverse their steps to undo the ribbons. This is said to represent the lengthening of the days as summer approaches, but the significance of the pole itself is not really known. The summer solstice (or estival solstice), also known as midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_solstice It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight. Within the Arctic circle (for the northern hemisphere) or Antarctic circle (for the southern hemisphere), there is continuous daylight around the summer solstice. The summer solstice occurs during summer. This is the June solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the December solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs sometime between June 20 and June 22 in the Northern Hemisphere and between December 20 and December 23 in the Southern Hemisphere. The same dates in the opposite hemisphere are referred to as the winter solstice. Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. Traditionally, in many temperate regions (especially Europe), the summer solstice is seen as the middle of summer and referred to as "midsummer". Today, however, in some countries and calendars it is seen as the beginning of summer.
Uffda merchandise at the Gammelgarden Museum Butik!
One of my newest designs. A little Cardinal hand carved in the Scandinavian Fan Carving Style. Hand painted.
From Gothenburg this morning
By Adventure Skaraborg Society you can travel to Sweden by tour August 27 - September 5, 2019 and by help of your own genealogy researcher you will visit where they lived and hopefully meet relatives of today.
Could be great hands on idea for lodges or Norsk museums: : When I visited the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Central Minnesota http://www.mnhs.org/millelacs/activities/museum they had a hands on display that most of the kids appeared to enjoy building. Why not the same idea but create Norwegian bunad or belt beadwork designs. When kids lift the long board - the round pieces of wood resting the board all fall back into the cloth sack. Maybe several interchangeable board designs? I thought was a great idea for Norwegian-American museums or a lodge to copy. Edward Mike Wick
Spotted this Spark Stottingen (kick sled) at the Sons of Norway Convention on 2018 Aug 17th. Normally District 1 Face does not post commercial ads but Norwegian-Americans should be aware of kick sleds as part of our heritage and history. I wonder if there’s some where in the cities i can rent a sled to try em out. May be some lodge will have a sled day? If I was going to buy a sled I’d want a good demo and instructions in the right conditions. I’ll suggest contact Brent and Kristie Fingerson for possible ideas. Check out their web site to start with. Edward Mike Wick S/N Dist 1 FB
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Här är adressen till Umeåbygdens Spelmansgille från Umeå, Västerbotten i Sverige. Där spelar min amerikanska fru från Michigan med sedan många år.
What i really enjoy is the barn with its hundreds of farm tools from hand made wood rakes, plows, hammers, etc, etc. The music events and Christmas events are another favorite of mine. Really like that little one room cottage and small log church. https://gammelgardenmuseum.org/visit/ Meaning “old farm” in Swedish, the Gammelgården Museum is the only open air museum devoted to preserving, presenting and promoting Swedish immigrant heritage in the United States. In buildings that have been carefully preserved and restored, visitors can get a glimpse of the daily lives & artifacts of these immigrants and participate in events and classes. The main exhibit in the Välkommen Hus and the Butik gift shop are open daily May – December. Before Minnesota became a state dozens of Swedes travelled up St. Croix river and settled in the area and that’s why Gammelgården. Check out couple videos I made when i visited Gammelgården Swedish Fiddler Gathering, MN Swedish Museum Gammelgarden, Swedish Farm museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faMemtpHFiQ Brian Wicklund One of Minnesotas best fiddle musicians Gammelgarden Museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd0w-YJs9vg Couple music videos I made My Home Land Song for Scandinavian musicians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz_tXyTAZdw Emigrantens Farvel Til Norge 1800 Poem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFBw5c7xU80