We had a full house on Saturday, July 30 for the Groundbreaking Celebration. Around 400 people were in attendance for the outdoor celebration, held in a tented courtyard just behind the Fenpro building on Market Street.
At the beginning of the program, attendees were treated to music by the Norwegian Male Chorus and the Norwegian Women’s Chorus. They presented musical selections from each of the five Nordic countries. Next, after an introduction by CEO Eric Nelson, we heard remarks from Irma Goertzen, President of the Nordic Heritage Museum Board of Trustees. Both Eric and Irma had the opportunity to acknowledge our wonderful volunteers and thank our generous donors who have made this new home possible. We also had the distinct pleasure of hosting Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle and Mayor Ed Murray as speakers for the event. Both talked about the importance of understanding and appreciating our collective cultural heritage, particularly in a city as rich in diversity as Seattle. After the ceremonial groundbreaking with the distinguished Nordic Consuls and representatives, as well as the honorable elected officials in attendance, Eric offered a skål to celebrate.
It was a joyous and memorable event. Everyone in attendance had the opportunity to celebrate, reflect, and take stock of this momentous time in the Museum’s history. We’re looking forward to building on that energy and excitement as we see the fruits of our labor tangibly reflected in the progress of construction.
Thank you for sharing the Nordic Spirit! To view photos from the Groundbreaking Celebration, please visit Nordic Heritage Museum on Flickr.