The adventures of Sweden’s favorite storybook hero, Pippi Longstocking, come alive at the Museum. Enjoy tales from this beloved children’s series while traveling through the Museum galleries as a “thing-finder”, creating a Dala horse craft, and tasting Pippi’s favorite cookies – pepparkakor.
Participate in a Swedish holiday tradition – the Lucia festival. Lucia, the saint of light, has long been honored on December 13th, the longest night of the year. Children will learn the legend of Lucia, explore Swedish Christmas traditions, and experience the magic of a traditional Lucia procession. Don’t forget your camera!
Celebrate holidays the Swedish way! Even though we may celebrate some of the same holidays in the United States, Swedes have many unique traditions. From Midsommarfest, to Easter, to the Lucia festival before Christmas, children will participate in and discover how Swedish holidays differ from our own.
Did you know that the Swedes were the first Europeans to settle the Delaware Valley? This program focuses on the founding and legacy of the New Sweden Colony, established in 1638 along the Delaware River. Using Museum collections and hands-on artifacts, children will explore how and why the settlement began, learn more about Swedish relations with local Native Americans, and experience elements of colonial daily life, like making real butter!
How was a small, backward country in a remote corner of the Russian empire able to gain independence without being crushed, and more importantly how was Finland able to remain independent in spite of many challenges? Besides analyzing the pathway to independence, Sharon Rahkonen of Indiana University PA will also discuss several factors which led to Finland's subsequent success as an independent nation.
Save the date for our annual Lucia Fest! Drop in for our Christmas Market, delicious food and baked goods for purchase in the Swedish Christmas Cafe, as well as two Lucia performances at 1pm and 3pm. Ticket info to follow, check back soon to register.
Save the date for our annual Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord! Enjoy shopping in our Christmas Market, a delicious dinner and a Lucia procession. Ticket info to follow, check back soon to sign up.
Celebrate summer at our annual Midsommarfest, complete with food, drinks, home-made Swedish pastries, music and maypole dancing, as well as crafts and games for the kids. Members $8, Non-members $12, Children 4-12 $5. Pay at the door.
June means it’s time for Midsommar fun! Join us as we learn about traditional Swedish Midsommar celebrations and hear a story of young girl who attends a Midsommar celebration with her Mormor. Children will then explore the textile gallery in the museum and get to see examples of regional costumes often worn at Midsommar and dance around our very own Maypole!