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!
The hand speaks and craft communicates from the heart. Fiber sculptor Ted Hallman examines the relationship between traditional and modern craft through three contemporary installations on ASHM’s first floor.
What makes the perfect gift? For many people, it is something that is handmade. In celebration of thoughtful, handmade gifts, the ASHM is featuring one of its most cherished gifts. This exhibition includes selections of the 75 handmade textiles presented to the American Swedish Historical Museum in 1938 from every province of mainland Sweden.
Be sure to check out our second ASHM free summer evening concert on the Terrace. Norwegian musician Ann-Marita will bring the audience along on a journey through the centuries as she performs Scandinavian folk, contemporary, and original songs centered around stories about Scandinavian immigrants in the United States. Cash bar and food will be available to purchase throughout the evening. No pre-registration needed.
We are excited to announce our plans to visit Seattle September 20-September 24. The trip will include a visit and tour of the new Nordic Museum, with Director Eric Nelson, lunch at their new Café Freya, a tour of the Ballard Locks, a visit to a Swedish bakery and dinner at the Swedish Club.
Come cheer on the home team! Sweden is playing Germany in the World Cup on June 23rd at 2:00 pm. What better place to get your Swedish pride on than at the American Swedish Historical Museum's game day watch party! Catch every play on our big screen projector and speaker system in the air conditioned Josef Frank Gallery. The best part is that your ticket price includes admission to Midsommarfest right after the game.