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Nordic Knitting Conference 2014

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Arne & Carlos Nordic Knitting Conference 2014 Registration is Now Open!

October 3-5, 2014

The 2014 Nordic Knitting Conference — a unique chance to learn from nationally and internationally known knitters and textile artists — will feature Arne & Carlos, Norway’s knitting rock stars, this October 3, 4, and 5. The conference is held every other year, and focuses on techniques and styles inspired by past and present Nordic textile traditions.

Learn more and register online now here.

Moomin Mania
Moonmin Mania!
Thursday, August 7, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

If you don't know the Moonmins, you're sure to love them fast. The Moomins are a family of fairy tale characters with snouts that make them look like hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family stars in a series of books and comic strips by Swedish-speaking Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson. In celebration of Tove Jansson's 100th birthday, we're hosting Moomin Mania! There will be crafts, cartoons, and music! All ages are welcome at this family-friendly event. No need to RSVP, just drop in on August 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $5 suggested donation per crafter.

From the Front to the West Coast
Documentary: From the Front to the West Coast

Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.

From the Front to the West Coast is a documentary about Finnish World War II veterans who fought the Russians and then the Germans. After the war, many left the country that they so bravely defended to start a new life in Canada. In this film, the veterans tell their stories.

Join us for the screening of this documentary about Finnish World War II veterans who now live in Vancouver, BC. Meet the filmmakers at a post-screening reception and Q&A session.

Sponsored by The Vancouver Finlandia Club

Cost: $5 suggested donation. RSVPs encouraged here:

Eventbrite - Documentary: From the Front to the West Coast

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Viking Days 2014
Viking Days 2014

August 16 & 17, 2014


Join us for the 31st Annual Viking Days! This family-friendly festival features delicious Nordic foods, lively entertainment, a Viking Encampment, and so much more!

New this year, we're kicking off Viking Days with a race: the new Run Like A Viking 5K!
Get all the details on the run (limited to 500 participants) and register online here:

Eventbrite - Run Like a Viking 5K!


Run Like a Viking 5K:
8:00 a.m. start
Swedish Pancake Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. – noon
Festival: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Salmon BBQ: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Swedish Pancake Breakfast:
9:00 a.m. – noon
Festival: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vikings are invading Ballard — and you could be one of them! The 31st annual Viking Days kicks off with a brand-new event: Run Like a Viking 5K. Join us the morning of Saturday, August 16, at Golden Gardens Park for a run along the waterfront. Participants are encouraged to dress as Vikings — whether friendly, funny, or ferocious — so make sure you bring your horns and hides! Is your pup fit to be a Viking hound? On-leash dogs are welcome to run-- and dress up-- too!

Register online now for the race!

Eventbrite - Run Like a Viking 5K!

After the run, come to the Museum for Viking Days family-friendly activities with free admission to both the festival and the Museum over the weekend!

Festival Highlights Include:
Gametiime Logo

We have many wonderful sponsors this year, including Gametiime, a Seattle-based company helping us get the word out about the Run Like A Viking 5K

Little Mermaid in CopenhagenNordic by Nature Cultural Tour

October 15-28, 2014

Join the Nordic by Nature Cultural Tour and visit some of the world’s greatest historical, natural and artistic masterpieces: Copenhagen’s Tivioli Gardens, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the Thorvaldsen’s Museum – housing the greatest collection of the works of Bertel Thorvalsen, and of course the Little Mermaid as she perches on a rock by the water’s edge.

Visit Krongborg Castle, set on the cliffs of Elsinore above the Baltic shore, Oslo’s Vigeland Park and Norway’s National Gallery. Leaving Oslo you will travel along the shore of scenic Tyrifjord to visit the Hadeland Glassworks and Glass Museum and on to visit Torpo Stave Church and the Vøringfoss waterfall (one of Europe’s largest).

You will travel the scenic Eids Fjord, and sail by ferry across the Hardanger Fjord, as well as motor across the Fyksesund Bridge on the imposing Fykse Fjord, to visit the Ingebrigt Vik Museum. To explore the colorful city of Bergen, you will continue along the Sør Fjord. In Stockholm, visit the famous City Hall with its elegant Golden Hall, the unique Vasa Ship Museum, Sweden’s National Museum of Art, and the Garden and Villa of Carl Milles, Sweden’s most famous sculptor.

Download the detailed itinerary and reservation request here!

Cost per person: $5,499 double occupancy (add $1,399 for single). The price includes: round-trip airfare from Seattle, Washington, economy class; 11 nights in first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities; 1 night on board the DFDS Seaways (inside cabins) cruise ferry; breakfast daily and 6 dinners; extensive sight seeing as per itinerary - all sightseeing in private deluxe motor coaches and includes the services of expert guides and entrance fees; experienced Far Horizon’s Tour Director in Scandinavia; travel in private deluxe motor coaches; hotel taxes and service charges; baggage handling and porterage at the hotels; all taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges.

For questions contact Jan Woldseth Colbrese at 206.789.5707 ext. 39 or at janwc@nordicmuseum.org. Or you can speak directly with the tour managers Far Horizons at 877-482-8747 or info@fhorizons.com.

Seattle Pioneer Midwife
Book Talk: Seattle Pioneer Midwife

Thursday September 11, 7PM

Join us for an evening with Susan E. Fleming, PhD, RN Perinatal CNS when she tells the story of her great-grandmother, a Norwegian descenadnt, Alice Ada Wood Ellis.

In 1900 Alice Ada Wood Ellis, had one year of nurses’ training, no license, and called herself a nurse. She was a single mother with two small children Myrtle 2 ½ years of age and Marie a 6-month-old baby. She ventured to Seattle on a locomotive steam train. She placed two beds in her front parlor and ran a birthing service, for a fee, in her own home in Green Lake, WA. This is her story. The book will be available for sale.

Cost: $5 suggested donation. RSVPs encouraged here:

Eventbrite Link

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

From the Front to the West Coast
Concert: The Nordic Romantics - Grieg and Nielsen

Tuesday September 30, 7PM

The Novus Project is a consortium of musicians comprised of members of Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestras, and other talented local musicians. In this concert the group will focus on works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and Danish composer Carl Nielsen. Swedish soprano Marie Birve will perform Grieg songs with the group.

Cost: $12 members / $14 non-members. Purchase tickets here:

Eventbrite Link

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

From the Front to the West Coast
Craft School: Woodcarving with Erik Holt

Various dates in October

Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. Students will concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style (see below), working up combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style as seen above. Woodcarvers at all levels, beginners to experienced, are welcome in the class. 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:

Classes start at $45 for members, $47 for non-memebers.

There are discounts for purchasing multiple classes at once.

Eventbrite Link

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

The Color of Time
Lecture: The Color of Time: The History of Early Photography and Process

Wednesday, October 8, 7PM

Join us for an evening with photographer Tod Gangler. Gangler’s newest body of photographic work is a collection of views and visions of Ballard as it appears in the 21st century. He captures Ballard at all times of day, encompassing various notions of time, from hours to seasons and years.

While in his twenties Tod Gangler received a T.J. Watson Fellowship and moved to Paris. There he learned about early photography and fell in love with the work of his new heroes: Le Gray, Atget, Balus, and Braun. He also saw color carbon prints for the first time. In 1979 Tod Gangler moved to Seattle and began the work of re-inventing and mastering carbon printing. After 20 years of failures and hard work, he has finally succeeded.

In his lecture Tod Gangler will talk about the history of early photography and his own work. This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibit The Color of Time: From Ballard to Dusk to Dawn. The exhibit will be open after the lecture.

Cost: Free, $5 donation suggested. Purchase tickets here:

Eventbrite Link

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Craft School: Rosemaling
Craft School: Rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen

October 10, 17, 18, 25, 26, and 31, 2014

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, and 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 time of the workshop: $10 for a plate; brushes are $6 each; using her paints is $7; color copies are $1

Cost: $33 per session / $35 per session. Purchase tickets here:

Eventbrite Link

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

From the Front to the West Coast
Soup & Cinema: October

Tuesday October 14, 12pm

Enjoy Nordic films and wholesome, nourishing soup for an afternoon at the Museum! Join us as we serve soup for lunch and show a Nordic movie. All movies are in the original language with English subtitles.

Movie: TBD Soup: TBD

Soup & Cinema occurs the second Tuesday of the month at 12:00pm through the fall and winter

Cost:$8 members / $12 non-members. Purchase tickets here:

Eventbrite Link

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives
Book Talk: Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30pm

Lars Nordstrom discusses and reads from Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives, the result of his investigation into the oral histories of Oregon Swedes. He will also discuss the organization Swedish Roots in Oregon, an oral history project similar to the museum's Nordic American Voices project.

Cost: Free, $5 donation suggested. Purchase tickets here:

Eventbrite Link

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

From the Front to the West Coast
Lecture: Caring for Your Heirloom Photographs

Saturday, October 18th, 2:00-4:00pm

Join Lisa Hill-Festa, Curator of Collections, for a workshop on the care, display, and storage of both digital and non-digital photographs and a behind-the-scenes tour of our photo storage.

Photographs need proper care to survive. Learn the museum’s tricks and techniques for caring for our photo collection and the different ways to safely show or store photographs. In conjunction with the Color of Time exhibition, our curators will show you the different tools and accessories they use on the museum’s photos, and give you tips for adapting them for home use. You’ll get to see the way our curators store the museum collection on a special tour of our storage space.

You will go home with multiple handouts and other useful information on caring for important images.

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members. Purchase tickets here:

Eventbrite Link

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

 Community Event: Ballard: Best Place Ever
Community Event: Ballard: Best Place Ever

Thursday October 23, 7pm

Join us in a community event celebrating Ballard old and new. Ballard residents, business owners, artists and musicians will gather for a fun evening of talks, music, food and vendors. Local speakers will give short presentations on topics like art, urban farming, beer brewing, and food. Homegrown musicians will entertain and local vendors will offer Ballard related items for sale. This event is in conjunction with the exhibit The Color of Time: Ballard from Dusk to Dawn, photographs by Tod Gangler. The exhibit will be open for a special viewing during this event. Among presenters are artist Matt Bazemore, Urban farmer Jeanene Miller and micro brewer Adam Robbings. Moderator will be Peggy Sturdivant.

Cost: Free, $5 donation suggested. Purchase tickets here:

Eventbrite Link

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Special Events

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

Mark your calendar for these exciting events, and check back for more information as they get closer!

Viking Days: August 16 & 17, 2014
Nordic Knitting Conference (held every other year) October 3 - 5, 2014
Yulefest: November 22 & 23, 2014
Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord: Early in 2015, exact dates to be determined

Visit our Museum Flickr page for photos from all these great events!
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