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Craft School
Ornamental Woodcarving

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;
April 5, 12, 19, 26;
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
June 7, 14, 21, 28

Sundays, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Woodcarvers at all levels are welcome in this 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-members. There are discounts for purchasing multiple classes at once.

Register for classes at https://craftschool-woodcarving-apr.eventbrite.com

Lecture: Challenges to Freedom of Expression in a Changing World
Lecture on recent events in Denmark
Thursday March 26
7:00 p.m.

Desiree Ohrbeck, Visiting Lecturer of Danish at UW, will give a lecture on the reactions in Denmark after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen in February 2015. She will outline the freedom of speech debate that is taking place in Denmark right now and what implications the debate has for where Denmark is headed politically. As an introduction, Ohrbeck will talk about the democratization process of the population initiated by  N.F.S. Grundtvig in the process of dealing with great territory losses and creating a new identity after 1864.

Desiree Ohrbeck earned her master’s degree in Danish from University of Copenhagen in 2005. In her Thesis, she specialized in classical short story theories and its usefulness on newer short story prose in Danish literature. During her studies and professional teaching career, Desiree has further focused on sociolinguistics and how language is used as a mark of identification.  In the past 5 years, Desiree has taught at several higher educational Institutions in Greater Copenhagen, including the Danish Technical University. 

$5 suggested donation

RSVP at https://denmark-freespeech-lecture.eventbrite.com


Nordic Nights
Thursday, April 2

4:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M.

Exhibitions Open Late! Music, Food, Tours, Programs & More!

Join us at the museum as we launch a brand-new after-hours program, Nordic Nights. On the first Thursday of the month we will keep all Museum galleries open until 8:00 p.m. Nordic Nights will feature music, food, tours, programs and more. No reservations required.

April's Nordic Nights programming includes:

5:00 p.m A guided tour of The Dream of America, a permanent exhibition that tells the story of Nordic immigrants coming to America. Adults and children welcome.

5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Stop by the craft table! We'll have a fun craft for children of all ages. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

5:30 p.m. Check out the Norwegian/Sami short film Half of This and Half of That by filmmaker Marja Bål Nango. There will be second screening at 7:00 p.m.

Halvt ditt og halvt datt (Half of This and Half of That)
Sápmi/Norway • 25 min • Sami & Norwegian with English subtitles • Documentary

Marja Bål Nango wants her future children to be of Sámi origin, both maternally and paternally. But why does she want that? And is it really so bad being “half this and half that?” The filmmaker interviews six young people that in one way or another belong to two cultures, in search of answers to her own questions about being multicultural. This film is in conjunction with the exhibit Two Nationalities - Photographs by Diana Velasco

6:00 p.m. Opening reception for the exhibitition Diana Velasco: Dual Exposures

7:00 p.m. Second screening of the Norwegian/Sami short film Half of This and Half of That by film maker Marja Bål Nango.

Craft School
Ornamental Woodcarving

April 5, 12, 19, 26;
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
June 7, 14, 21, 28
9:00 A.M.–3:30 P.M.

Woodcarvers at all levels are welcome in this 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-members. There are discounts for purchasing multiple classes at once.

Sign up for April woodcarving classes at craftschool-woodcarving-apr.eventbrite.com

Nordic Stories

Thursday, April 5
10:00 A.M.
Iceland: Frances Dean Who Loved To Dance And Dance, By Birgitta Sif

Join us for our eighth year of nordic stories, geared toward preschool-aged children and their grown-ups. Held the first thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m., nordic stories features children’s stories from the Nordic countries read aloud and fun craft projects. This is a free program, reservations are not necessary. Please note: this program is not intended for large groups.





Craft School
Research Your Family Workshop

Saturday, April 11
2:00 P.M.–4:00 P.M.

Researching family histories has never been easier! Join Carol Buswell, education specialist at the National Archives at Seattle, for a hands-on genealogy workshop. You’ll learn about resources that will allow you to trace your family history, using records from the United States and Scandinavia. You’ll leave with handouts, tips, and everything you need to know to get started on your own family’s historical record.

Cost: $18 For Members; $22 General Admission Concert

Register for the workshop at http://family-research-workshop.eventbrite.com


Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series & Smörgåsbord 20th Anniversary Season
Sweden| Lena Moén And Lena Johnson | Songs Of The Heart

Sunday, April 12
4:00 P.M.

Swedish soprano Lena Moén joins Swedish pianist Lena Johnson to perform a program of Swedish
master composers Peterson-Berger, Defrumerie, Linde, Stenhammar, and a tip of the hat to Schubert. Moén joins us from the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Tallin Baroque, and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. johnson is a graduate of the Royal College Of Music in Stockholm and a frequent performer in such locales as london’s royal festival hall.

Cost: $47 With Smörgåsbord, $22 Without Smörgåsbord For Members; $55 With Smörgåsbord, $27 Without Smörgåsbord, General Admission

Purchase tickets at https://sweden-mostlynordic2015.eventbrite.com

Soup & Cinema
Sweden: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window / Hundraåringen Som Klev Ut Genom Fönstret

Tuesday, April 14
12:00 P.M.

Enjoy a Nordic movie and homemade nourishing soup.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window is based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson . It tells the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it’s not too late to start over. For most people it would be the adventure of a lifetime, but allan karlsson’s unexpected journey is not his first.

Cost: $8 For Members; $14 General Admission

Purchase tickets at soupandcinema-april.eventbrite.com

Pechakucha: Designing the Body
Design Mind. Design Body. Human Centered Design in the 21st Century

Thursday, April 16
6:30 P.M.

The Nordic Heritage Museum is pleased to announce a Pechakucha event in conjunction with the exhibition Finland: Designed Environments. Pechakucha Seattle comes to the Museum to discuss
Nordic design in its unique 20x20 fashion. Participating presenters will be announced as the date nears.

First formed in Tokyo in 2003, this 20x20 format features simple presentations of 20 images shown for 20 seconds accompanying presenters’ talks. These informal and fun gatherings have since spread around the world. No-host bar and refreshments provided by the Museum.
Suggested Donation: $5

RSVP here designingthebody.eventbrite.com

Northern Lights Auktion

Saturday, April 18
Doors Open At 5:00 P.M.

You are cordially invited to the 30th Annual Northern Lights Auktion at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom
join us at the Grand Hyatt Seattle for a glamorous evening of fine dining and thrilling auction lots.
Enjoy an elegant Nordic-inspired night, complete with aquavit, champagne, and special guests, all
while supporting the Nordic Heritage Museum! This year we are pleased to honor Allan and Inger Osberg for their contributions to the Nordic Heritage Museum.

For tickets and more information, visit the Auktion page.


Novus Project Plays Sibelius

Sunday, April 26
4:00 P.M.

The Novus project is a consortium of musicians comprised of members of Seattle Symphony, members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestras, and other talented local musicians. In this concert the group will focus on works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The concert is in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Sibelius’ birth. Swedish soprano Marie Birve will perform with the group.
Cost: $12 For Members; $14 General Admission

Purchase tickets at novusproject-sibelius.eventbrite.com


Craft School
Coffee Treats; 5-Class Cooking Series

Join us for one or more Saturday morning hands-on classes to learn how to cook afternoon coffee treats from each of the five Nordic countries. Review the history and culture of each treat, roll up your sleeves and cook, then stay afterward for a proper Nordic fika.

Each class is 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

January 24 SOLD OUT

Norway with Daytona Strong
Prince Cake [Fyrstekake]; Grandma's Sandbakkels; Heart-Shaped Waffles [Vaffler]

February 21 SOLD OUT

Iceland with Margret Solvadottir
Vienna Cake [Vínarterta] and Happy Marriage Cake [Hjónabandssæla]

March 14 SOLD OUT

Denmark with Judith Dern
Layercake with Cream and Raspberries [Lagkage med flødeskum og hindbær]; Mazarins; Old-Fashioned Apple Cake [Gammeldags aeblekage]

April 11 SOLD OUT

Finland with Noel Wannebo
Fruit Soup [Sekahedelmakeitto]; Rye Cookies [Ruiskakut]; Cardamom Cream Pound Cake [Kardemummakakku]; Air Pudding [Ilmapuuro]

May 2

Sweden with Ruth Johnson-Pirie, "The Singing Baker"
Farmers cookies and cardamom cake

Cost: Members: $25 each, $110 for all; General Admission $30 each, $130 for all.

Register for one or more classes at craftschoolcoffeetreats.eventbrite.com


Special Presentation
Vikings, Volvos, and Voyages

Wednesday, May 6
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Presentation

You're invited to an exciting event that combines ships, cars and the adventure of a lifetime. See a fascinating presentation about Hurtigruten's Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Then learn about Volvo's Overseas Delivery Program, a unique way to explore Europe with complimentary round-trip airfare for two. You can also enter the Nordic Heritage Museum's raffle to win a 5- or 6-night Hurtigruten voyage for two. And AAA Travel will be on hand to help plan your Hurtigruten voyage. Space is limited, so reserve yours today!

Register at vikings-volvos-voyages.eventbrite.com

Craft School

Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16

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. 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. 

Students paint on a variety of decorative and useful objects. All levels of painters welcome, and taking at least two classes is recommended. 

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: General Admission $35/day; NHM members $33/day

Register at spring-rosemaling.eventbrite.com

Craft School
Ornamental Woodcarving

June 7, 14, 21, 28
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Woodcarvers at all levels are welcome in this class. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects.

Classes start at $45 for museum members, $47 general admission.
Visit www.nordicdragon.com for more information about tools and supplies.

Register at craftschool-woodcarving-may.eventbrite.com


Craft School
Aquavit Tasting

Sunday, June 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This 2-hour Aquavit tasting and workshop covers everything you ever wanted to know about Aquavit, including history, production, styles by region, modern interpretation, flavor profiles, food pairing, drinking songs, culture, cocktailing and more!  Taste over 20 different domestic and imported aquavits as you learn the differences between them.  Ages 21+ only. 

Cost: $55 Members, $60 General Admission. Designated drivers admitted free.

Register at aquavit-tasting.eventbrite.com


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, TBD 2016

Saturday and Sunday, November 21 & 22, 2015

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

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