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Nordic Heritage Museum

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The Nordic Heritage Museum is a museum dedicated to the heritage of Seattle's Nordic immigrants, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish Americans It was founded in 1980 and is in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington The museum serves as a community gathering place and shares Nordic culture by exhibiting art and objects, preserving collections,and providing educational and cultural experiences

Contents

  • 1 Description
  • 2 Exhibitions
  • 3 Public programs
  • 4 Events
  • 5 Special Events
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Descriptionedit

Before it became the Nordic Heritage Museum in 1980, the red brick building was originally the Daniel Webster Elementary School from 1907 to 1979, when low student enrollment led to its closure Fundraising and architecture plans are underway for a new building in downtown Ballard1

The non-profit museum's mission is to share "Nordic culture with people of all ages and backgrounds by exhibiting art and objects, preserving collections, providing educational and cultural experiences, and serving as a community gathering place" The founder and long-time director Marianne Forssblad retired in 20072 Eric Nelson followed her as executive director and Janet Rauscher became chief curator in 20083 In 2012, Lizette Gradén became the chief curator

The museum published the NHM Historical Journal on a quarterly basis until 2011 In 2013 the museum published its first edition of the annual magazine Nordic Kultur

The museum has also published books including Voices of Ballard and Beyond: Stories of Immigrants and Their Descendants in the Pacific Northwest published in 2012

The Nordic Heritage Museum contains two libraries The Walter Johnson Memorial Library was founded in 1980 As of 2011 it held 15500 books It specializes in books published in Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish Its special collection includes the Gordon Tracie Music Library and the Vanishing Generations Oral History Project4 The Gordon Ekvall Tracie Music Library was founded in 1995 As of 2011 it contained 3000 audio/visual materials, 4000 music scores, 2500 books, and 40 periodical subscriptions It focuses on folk customs, traditional dance, traditional music, folk art, and folk attire for Nordic cultures Its special collections include the Gordon Ekvall Tracie History Collection, the Nordiska Folkdancers Collection, and the Skandia Folkdance Society Collection4

Exhibitionsedit

Exhibit from Sweden Room Viking ship at Viking Days 2012 Ship and Viking encampment at Viking Days Craft and food vendors outside the museum at Viking Days

As part of the long term exhibits, there are five ethnic galleries, one for each country, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well a gallery, "Dream of America", describing Nordic emigration to the Pacific Northwest There is also a temporary gallery space

  • Permanent
    • Dream of America
    • Folk Art Galleries
    • Fishing Gallery
    • Logging Gallery
    • Iceland Room
    • Norway Room
    • Denmark Room
    • Finland Room
    • Sweden Room
  • Temporary
    • Current
      • Danish Modern Design May 16 – August 31, 2014
    • Upcoming
      • The Color of Time: Ballard from Dusk to Dawn September 19 – November 16, 2014
      • Odin’s Eye October 10 – November 9, 2014
      • Imaging the Arctic: Maria Coryell-Martin, Kristin Laidre & Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen December 12, 2014 – February 22, 2015
    • Past Since 2005
      • Pull, Twist, Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of Glass December 13, 2013 - April 26, 2014
      • Dressing Swedish: From Hazelius to Salander September 13 – November 10, 2013
      • Eino - 50 Years of Making Sculptures September 27 – December 7, 2013
      • Ørnulf Opdahl – Mood Paintings of the North June 28 - September 1, 2013
      • Scissors for a Brush March 22 - June 16, 2013
      • Bad Art 1,000 Birch Board Pictures from Sweden November 30, 2012 – March 3, 2013
      • The Impression of Amundsen: Roald Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition 1910–1912 January 18 – March 3, 2013
      • To me there’s no other choice — Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012 December 4, 2012 – January 13, 2013
      • Eight Seasons in Sápmi, the Land of the Sámi People August 31 – November 4, 2012
      • Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation May 25 – August 19, 2012
      • Celebrating 75 Years of the Seattle Weavers’ Guild March 9 – May 6, 2012
      • Here and There: Contemporary Nordic-American Ceramics March 9 – May 6, 2012
      • Cold Recall: Reflections of a Polar Explorer December 9, 2011 – February 5, 2012
      • The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank December 2, 2011 – February 19, 2012
      • Nordic Fashion Biennale: Looking Back to Find our Future September 30 – November 13, 2011
      • 17 Swedish Designers June 3 – August 21, 2011
      • Vessels of the Heart: Fairbanks at Arabia / Cushing and Salmenhaara at Alfred March 4 – May 22, 2011
      • August Werner: Uncommon Traditionalist December 3, 2010 – February 5, 2011
      • Victor Borge: A Smile is the Shortest Distance December 3, 2010 – February 5, 2011
      • Lost in Nature: The Architecture of Jarmund / Vigsnaes September 17 – November 14, 2010
      • 100 Years of Women’s Voices and Action in Finland September 10 – November 14, 2010
      • Somebody’s Grandma July 9 – September 5, 2010
      • Sweden from Above: Photographs by Lars Bygdemark April 30 – June 27, 2010
      • Ray Jensen February 19 – April 18, 2010
      • Ennesbo December 4, 2009 – February 7, 2010
      • From Colony to Community: The Story of New Sweden October 14, 2009 – February 17, 2010
      • Maria Friberg September 18 – November 15, 2009
      • Nordics and Seattle’s First World’s Fair: Celebrating the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition June 12 – Sept 6, 2009
      • My Paradise: 100 Years of Finnish Architects’ Summer Homes April 17 – May 31, 2009
      • Knitting Along the Viking Trail February 6 - April 5, 2009
      • Faces of Copenhagen: Photographs by Itzick Lev November 14, 2008 - February 8, 2009
      • Skude 360 Degrees: Paintings by Severin Haines December 5, 2008 - January 25, 2009
      • Vastinparit – Counterparts: Photographs by Jari Arffman October 3 - November 16, 2008
      • The Latvians: Fifty Years in the State of Washington October 14 - November 9, 2008
      • Northwest Designer Craftsmen: Nordic Roots
      • Norwegian Resettlement of Jewish Refugees after World War II
      • Maria Coryell-Martin: An Expeditionary Artist in Greenland
      • Eliot O’Hara: Watercolors of Norway
      • Caryl Utigard: Birds of Iceland
      • Facing Climate Change
      • Roland Pantze: Painter of Sami Life
      • Kolmenkertainen Suomalainen: Three Times Finish November 30, 2007 - February 3, 2008
      • Nordic Spirit: Early Icelandic Settlements in BC & Point Roberts December 13, 2007 - January 31, 2008
      • Reminiscences: Icelandic Wood Sculpture Past and Present October 5 - November 11, 2007
      • Elegant Explorations: The Designs of Phillip Jacobson August 10 - September 23, 2007
      • Absolutely Swedish: The photography of Bengt Nilsson & Johan Wedenstrom August 10 - September 23, 2007
      • Three Norwegian Artists: Jonny Andvik, Dagfinn Bakke, Elling Reitan June 15 - July 30, 2007
      • You, I and Fairy Tale – Sa, Ma, ja Satu April 6 - June 3, 2007
      • Immigrants: Graphic Images from Funen Graphic Workshop January 26 – March 25, 2007
      • Tapestry on the Edge December 1, 2006 – January 14, 2007
      • Henrik Ibsen – 100th Anniversary Art Exhibit December 1–20, 2006
      • Uncommon Threads October 6 - November 12, 2006
      • The Promise of happiness – paintings by Mark Thompson August 17 – October 8, 2006
      • Kiln Cast Glass June 23 – September 24, 2006
      • Surface Stances
      • Dream Time Fairy Photo Collages
      • Clarence E “Pete” Pedersen 191402006 A Ballardite for 91 years: His Life and Work
      • The Landscapes of Clyde Aspevig: A Closer Look April 14 – June 11, 2006
      • Swift and Slow: New Drawings by Sol Kjøk
      • Memories and Moods – Norway Revisited
      • Northern Glow – Sculptural Pewter
      • Nexus: Paintings by Karl Momen donated by Museum President Allan Osberg in 20065 February 17 - April 2, 2006
      • Boundary Crossings: Temporal Dialogues in Finnish Landscape Photography
      • Parallel Paths: Two Generations in Art December 9, 2005- February 5, 2006
      • Crabbing in the Bering Sea: Photographs from the F/V Rollo 2003-2005
      • Sacral Space: Modern Finnish Churches
      • Laila Carlsen
      • The Sami Reindeer People of Alaska

Public programsedit

A large part of the museum’s focus is offering programming to educate the public about Scandinavian culture, including a craft school, adult and kids programs and teacher resources

  • Craft School
    • Nordic Knitting Café
    • Nordic Woodcarving
    • Rosemaling
    • Nordic Cooking
    • Bunad Sewing
  • Adult Programs
    • Tours
    • Language Classes
    • Nordic American Voices
  • Kids & Parents
    • Craft Projects
    • Kids’ Corner
    • Music for Kids
  • Teachers
    • Outreach Trunks
    • Nordic Adventures
    • Tour Materials

Eventsedit

The museum holds frequent events that further its mission of creating a community gathering space and educating the public about Nordic culture and heritage, including:

  • Concerts, such as the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord 18th season in 2013
  • Films
  • Lectures
  • Exhibition openings and artist tours

Special Eventsedit

Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum holds two major community events: Viking Days and Yulefest

  • Viking Days began in 1984 as Tivoli Days and was held each July In 2008 the two-day event's name was changed to Viking Days and in 2011 the event moved to mid August The event features food and craft vendors, Scandinavian music, and a Viking Encampment In 2014, Viking Days will be held on August 16 & 17
  • Yulefest predates the museum itself, and is held the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving each year This event is a Nordic Christmas celebration with craft vendors, Nordic food and music, and Christmas traditions on display In 2014, Yulefest will be held on November 22 & 23

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Mithun, Inc The Nordic Heritage Museum in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle
  2. ^ Bartley, Nancy April 30, 2007 "Director of Nordic Heritage Museum returning to Sweden" Seattle Times Retrieved 26 November 2009 
  3. ^ Sturdivant, Peggy May 18, 2009 "At Large in Ballard: Capturing the voices" Ballard News-Tribune Retrieved 26 November 2009 
  4. ^ a b American Library Directory 2 64th ed Information Today, Inc 2011–2012 pp 2568–2576 ISBN 978-1-57387-411-3 
  5. ^ Sheila, Farr March 2, 2006 "Wagner-inspired paintings donated to Nordic museum" Seattle Times Retrieved November 26, 2009 

External linksedit

  • Official website

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