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August

  • Viking Days Festival
  • September

  • September Nordic Nights
  • Film: Cold Fever
  • Studio Tour and Reception with Steve Jensen
  • Craft School: Cook and Eat - the Ivar's Way!
  • Member Preview: Education on the Frontier
  • Lecture: Keep Clam and Carry On: The Ivar Haglund Story
  • October

  • October Nordic Nights
  • Nordic Culinary Conference
  • Craft School: October Ornamental Woodcarving
  • Concert: Extra Leg Room for My Piano, Please!
  • Craft School: Introduction to Twined Knitting
  • Soup and Cinema
  • Craft School: Rosemaling
  • Craft School: Mead Making
  • Concert: Marin/Marin
  • Craft School: Scandinavian Genealogy
  • November

  • Craft School: November Ornamental Woodcarving
  • December

  • Craft School: Woven Christmas Hearts
  • Gingerbread House Decorating
  • Craft School: Æbleskiver Cooking Class
  • Craft School: December Ornamental Woodcarving
  • March 2016

  • Nordic Immigration Conference
  • Special Events


    Events & Programs


    August


    Viking Days Festival
    Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23, 2015
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Free

    Our Viking Days Festival is a weekend of fun for the entire family (pups included)! We kick off our festival with a 5k and Swedish pancake breakfast, and then have two days of vendors, food, crafts, and events that celebrate Nordic heritage and folktales. Saturday ends with a delicious salmon BBQ, too! Read more about the event on our Viking Days webpage.

    September

    Nordic Nights
    Thursday, September 3
    4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Free

    Join us at the Museum for our new after-hours program, Nordic Nights. On the first Thursday of the month the Museum will be open until 8PM, enjoy tours, programs, kids crafts and more while the exhibitions stay open late! September's Nordic Nights features the movie Cold Fever (Á köldum klaka) from Iceland!


    Film: Cold Fever (Á köldum klaka)- Iceland
    Thursday, September 3
    7:00 p.m.

    $5 suggested donation

    Cold Fever, directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, tells the story of a Japanese businessman who has a series of misadventures while travelling to a remote area of Iceland, where his parents died, to perform a traditional burial ritual. This screening is part of the Donald K. Johnson Icelandic Film Series. In partnership with the Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle with support by the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington.

    Click Here to RSVP! Suggested $5 at the door.


    Studio Tour & Reception with Steve Jensen
    Friday, September 18, 2015
    7:00 p.m
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    $100/person

    Only 100 tickets are available for this exclusive event! Please join us on Friday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. for a private reception at the Capitol Hill studio, gallery space, and home of celebrated local artist Steve Jensen. There will be great food, live music, and the opportunity to mingle with the artist while shopping the gallery of Jensen’s work. Winning bidders will be entered into a drawing to win the piece of their choice from the gallery, valued at $1,200! This is a party not to be missed, so purchase tickets for yourself, your family, and your friends.

    Contact Kelly Matson via email at KellyM@nordicmuseum.org to reserve your tickets. Hurry! There are only a few spot available and they are sure to go fast!


    Craft School: Cook and Eat - the Ivar's Way!
    Saturday, September 19, 2015
    5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    $65 Members; $75 general admission

    Join food writer Daytona Strong for this cooking class and dinner based on the recipes in the Ivar’s cookbook. Daytona will introduce the cookbook and lead you through a number of recipes; then we’ll prepare a full meal. Then stay and eat your way through a delicious dinner--with wine. We’ll be working with fresh local ingredients in Pacific Northwest fashion--no deep frying!

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    Member Preview: Lutheran Education on the Frontier
    Saturday, September 26, 2015
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Scandinavian immigrants brought with them values of their home countries. The philosophy of Martin Luther included establishing schools as a top priority. This exhibition chronicles how Lutheran educational ideals have been pushed to encompass a greater and greater segment of society, both at PLU and in Scandinavia. Produced by the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University in recognition of PLU’s 125th anniversary.

     

    Ivar Haglund  

    Lecture: Keep Clam and Carry On: The Ivar Haglund Story
    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    7:00 p.m.

    $5 suggested donation

    Join us as historian Paul Dorpat tells the story of the businessman, folksinger, showman and unique character who over a highly successful career as a restaurateur and entertainer became a Puget Sound legend. Paul Dorpat has been writing the Now & Then column for Pacific NW magazine for more than three decades.

    Click Here to RSVP! Suggested $5 at the door.
     

    October

    Nordic Nights
    Thursday, October 1
    Museum open until 8:00 p.m.

    Free

    Join us at the Museum for our new after-hours program, Nordic Nights. On the first Thursday of the month the Museum will be open until 8PM, enjoy tours, programs, kids crafts and more while the exhibitions stay open late! October's Nordic Nights features music by The Ballard High School Jazz Combo.


    Nordic Culinary Conference
    Friday, October 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Opening Reception
    Saturday - Sunday, October 3 - 4
    , 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Demonstrations and Tastings

    $250 for Members, $300 general admission

    Registration Open

    The Museum’s first-ever culinary conference will partner regional chefs with chefs from the Nordic countries over a three-day immersive experience. Culinary enthusiasts will participate in demonstrations, and lectures, and tastings enabling them to learn what has made New Nordic Cuisine one of the hottest and most celebrated trends in 21st century pan-Nordic arts and culture.

    Click here for more information


    Craft School: October Ornamental Woodcarving with Erik Holt
    Sundays, October 4, 11, 18, 25
    Special beginners-only class Saturday, October 3
    9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

    $45/1 class; $85/2; $125/3; $160/4; $196/5; add $2/day general admission

    Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. Students will concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style, working up combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects.

    Special beginners-only class: Saturday, October 3: Want to see if Nordic woodcarving is for you? Come to this special class just for beginners. No tools or experience necessary.

    Classes are paid for by the month. Visit Instructor Erik Holt’s website for more information about tools and supplies: www.nordicdragon.com

    Click Here for Tickets to the Beginners Class!
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    Concert: Extra Legroom For My Piano, Please!
    Thursday, October 8
    7:00 p.m.

    $15 for Members, $20 general admission

    Swedish born pianist and comedian Magnus Martensson is back in Seattle with his acclaimed show.

    Quite by accident, in 2003, Swedish American conductor Magnus Martensson turned into a piano playing comedian during a concert in New York City, in front of an enthusiastic and encouraging audience. Since then Magnus has appeared in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and many other cities. Critics have called his act both “hilarious” and “clever”. Music by Grieg, Vivaldi, Gershwin and more.


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    Craft School: Introduction to Twined Knitting with Mary Rourke
    Saturday, October 10
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    $25 for Members, $30 general admission, plus materials fee

    Tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting, is a traditional Swedish knitting technique dating back as far as the 17th century. Knitting from both ends of the ball of yarn produces a fabric that is strong and durable, providing the perfect amount of warmth for the coziest of winter accessories. In this class you will learn the basic principles and stitches used in twined knitting. While knitting a charming pair of wristwarmers you will learn a unique cast-on using three strands of yarn as well as the twined knit and purl stitches, crook stitch, “O” stitch, and chain path. These techniques will give you a strong foundation for exploring the endless decorative possibilities of twined knitting.

    Advanced beginner and above. Should be comfortable with knitting in the round and stranded knitting. $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor for a wristwarmer kit including yarn, original pattern, and handouts. Rourke is a local traditional-knitting aficionado. She is published in the Museum’s 2010 Nordic Knits pattern book and works at Seattle’s Acorn Street Yarn Shop.

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    Soup and Cinema: Elling
    Tuesday, October 13
    12:00 p.m.

    $10 for Members, $15 general admission New Price!

    When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed 40-year-old virgin. After two years, the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment and stipend with the hope they will be able to live on their own.

    Soup: Pumpkin soup, with fresh bread, coffee, and cookies.

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    Craft School: Rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen
    Fridays, October 16, 23, 30
    Saturdays, October 17, 24, 31
    9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    $33/day for Members; $35/day general admission

    Explore this traditional Norwegian form of decorative folk art, or simply brush up on your painting and design skills. Telemark, Hallingdal, and Gudbrandsdal are just some of the regional styles taught in this class. Students paint on a variety of decorative and useful objects. All levels of painters welcome. Taking at least two classes is recommended. Hansen is an experienced instructor and a member of The Western Rosemalers Association. She is a gifted painter whose work is known and appreciated throughout the United States. You may purchase supplies from Hansen at the workshop: $10 for a plate; brushes are $6 each; using her paints is $7; color copies are $1.

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    Craft School: Mead Making
    Saturday, October 17
    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    $50 for Members, $55 general admission (optional $50 materials fee)

    Make your own mead now—drink it for the holidays! Erik Newquist, founder of Everett’s Æsir Meadery, leads this hands-on introduction to the art and science of mead-making. You will learn about the history and culture of this drink, then dive into the mead-making process. After reviewing materials and ingredient choices, each participant will get to brew a one-gallon batch of mead. You’ll depart with handouts, complete instructions on caring for and drinking your mead, and a tasty gallon of this ancient, yet still popular, drink. Bring your own materials and ingredients or Erik will provide them for a materials fee of $50. Cost includes a ticket to return to see the Museum’s upcoming Skål! Scandinavian Spirits  

    If you plan on bringing your own materials, CLICK HERE for a list of things you will need!

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    Concert: Marin/Marin
    Thursday, October 22
    7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    $15 for Members, $20 general admission

    Listen and dance to beautiful Swedish fiddle music performed by acclaimed musicians Mikael and Mia Marin. Their repertoire is a mix of traditional Swedish music and original compositions. Mikael Marin is a founding member of the well-known trio, Väsen. He plays five string viola and violino grande in this duo. Mia Marin plays five string violin in this duo. She is an experienced composer, taking inspiration mainly from traditional music, but also from jazz and classical music.

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    Craft School: Scandinavian Genealogy
    Saturday, October 24
    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    $18 for Members, $22 general admission

    Intimidated by international genealogy research? Scandinavian records are some of the most approachable. Learn how to access and effectively use the “Big Three”--parish, censuses/clerical surveys, and emigration records for Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Don’t know your immigrant’s parish of birth? We’ll talk about that too. This highly interactive class will have each person leave the session with a research plan specific for their country of origin and what steps they need to research next.

    Jill Morelli writes and lectures extensively in the Puget Sound (WA) area on subjects related to genealogical record sets and successful techniques and her German and Scandinavian heritage. She is presently researching 19th century migration decision-making and insanity in the late 1800s. She blogs at http://genealogycertification.wordpress.com about methodology and problem solving for the “on-the-clock” genealogist.


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    November

    Craft School: November Ornamental Woodcarving with Erik Holt
    Sundays, November 1 - 29
    9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

    $45/1 class; $85/2; $125/3; $160/4; $196/5; add $2/day general admission

    Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. Students will concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style, working up combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects.

    Classes are paid for by the month. Visit Instructor Erik Holt’s website for more information about tools and supplies: www.nordicdragon.com

    Click Here for Tickets!

    December

    Craft School: Woven Christmas Hearts
    Tuesday, December 1, 2015
    7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

    $18 members, $20 non-members

    Weaving Christmas Hearts out of paper is an old Scandinavian tradition. Learn how to make them without ripping the paper and losing your patience or your Christmas spirit. These red and white interwoven paper hearts reflect the spirit of Scandinavian Christmas. The hearts create a little basket that can be used to decorate Christmas trees or gift boxes, and can be filled with nuts or candy or other little surprises. Instructor Ingela Wänerstrand will teach students how to make the basic hearts as well as more complex ones. She learned this craft from Knut Vaegter, Danish Christmas hearts expert. The special paper for the hearts is provided along with coffee and ginger snaps. If you like, bring candy or nuts to fill your little heart basket.

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    Craft School: Æbleskiver Cooking Class
    Saturday, December 5, 2015
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    $25 members, $30 non-members

    Aebleskiver (small spherical pancakes) are a popular holiday treat in Denmark-- join us for one of two encore engagements of this popular workshop. In this hands-on class you'll learn how to cook a variety of these tasty snacks. Review the history and culture of the dish; roll up your sleeves and get cooking; then sit and feast on the results!

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    Gingerbread House Decorating
    Saturday, December 5, 2015
    12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

    $15/family for Members, $20/family general admission. One house per family.

    Make your home festive for the holidays! Bring your family to the Museum and decorate a gingerbread house with candy and other goodies. Registration opens October 1, 2015: to register, contact Alison Church at 206.789.5707 x19. This program generally fills up quickly.

     


    Craft School: December Ornamental Woodcarving with Erik Holt
    Sundays, December 6 - 27
    9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

    $45/1 class; $85/2; $125/3; add $2/day general admission

    Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. Students will concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style, working up combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects.

    Classes are paid for by the month. Visit Instructor Erik Holt’s website for more information about tools and supplies: www.nordicdragon.com

    Click Here for Tickets!
     

    March 2016

    immigration

    "Nordic Immigration in the Pacific Northwest from Then to Now" Conference
    Wednesday - Friday, March 16 - 18, 2016

    The Nordic Heritage Museum will host an Immigration Conference devoted to the topic of immigration in the Pacific Northwest. With speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, the conference will be a collaboration between the Nordic Heritage Museum and several museums, archives, and academic institutions throughout the Nordic Region. Watch this space for more information. Contact Kirstine Bendix Knudsen, Executive Assistant, with specific questions.

    Call for Papers - Deadline for Abstracts - October 15, 2015

    Special Events

    Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum holds special events in addition to our regular programming.

    Mark Your Calendars for These Exciting Events!

    Viking Days
    Saturday and Sunday, August 22 & 23, 2015

    Nordic Knitting Conference
    Held every other year, October 8-10, 2016

    Yulefest
    Saturday and Sunday, November 21 & 22, 2015

    Nordic Lights Film Festival
    Thursday-Sunday, January 14-17, 2016

    Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord
    *For information on this year's Mostly Nordic Champer Music Series, click here.
    Sundays in February, March, April, and May, 2016

    21st Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner
    Thursday, February 25, 2016





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