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Pippi Longstocking Celebrate Pippi Longstocking!

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Breakfast at Pippi’s; 10am-11:30am
Pippi Longstocking Movie; 12pm-1:30pm

Celebrate that one-of-a-kind Swedish girl Pippi Longstocking at the always popular Breakfast at Pippi’s. Dress up as your favorite character from the Pippi stories and join us for a delicious breakfast of Swedish pancakes complete with live music and dancing for kids! There will also be a craft for children to make. Appropriate for all ages. No reservations needed. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children (age 5-12), free for children under 5, includes Museum admission.

Continue the Pippi celebration with a family viewing of Pippi Longstocking (dubbed in English!) starring Inger Nilsson–appropriate for all ages. No reservations needed. Suggested donation of $5 for adults, $3 for children.

ArtToolKitVirtual Expedition to Greenland
Saturday, February 7
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Join local expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin, featured in our exhibit Imaging the Arctic, for a Virtual Expedition to Greenland! As we explore the Arctic environment through a multimedia helicopter journey, we’ll learn and practice field sketching techniques. This program is open to children ages 8 and up, cost is $10. Younger participants are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Space is limited - reservations are required. Contact Alison Church at (206) 789-5707 ext. 19 or alisonc@nordicmuseum.org

Nordic Stories Nordic Stories

The first Thursday of each month, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for our fifth year of Nordic Stories, geared toward preschool aged children and their grown-ups. Held the 1st Thursday of each month from 10am to 11am, Nordic Stories features children's stories from the Nordic countries, along with fun craft projects. This is a free program, no reservations are necessary. Please note: This program is not intended for large groups.

Thursday, February 5; 10am
Denmark: The Emperor’s Cool Clothes, Lee Harper

Thursday, March 5; 10am
Finland: Moomin and the New Friend, Tove Jansson

Thursday, April 2; 10am
Iceland: Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance, Birgitta Sif

Thursday, May 7; 10am
Norway: The Three Billy Goats Fluff, Rachael Mortimer

Heritage CampComing up: Heritage Camp: Nordic Celebrations

Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily

Reservations are necessary and can be made beginning April 1.

Contact Alison Church at (206) 789-5707, ext. 19 or alisonc@nordicmuseum.org.

Barneleikarringen of Greater Seattle
Two Sunday afternoons each month

Calling young dancers and musicians!

Barneleikarringen invites young people to enjoy Scandinavian music and dance!  Students and parents learn fun folkdances from each of the five Nordic countries, followed by a participatory session of traditional music.  No prior experience necessary – all dances are taught!  Dances are geared for everyone ages 4 and up. We love it when parents, grandparents and friends dance with the kids.  Children also have the opportunity to take part in performances with the group at various locations.

We meet the second and fourth Sunday of each month, September through June, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., followed by social time until 2:45 p.m. and a music jam session from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Most practices are held at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

The group is sponsored in part by Leikarringen and Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001.

Questions? Call (425) 954-5257 or email Barneleikarringen@gmail.com
Visit our website: https://sites.google.com/site/barneleikarringen/home

Hope to see you there!

Teen Programs

Teen Council Exhibit Install
Nordic Heritage Teen Council

The Nordic Heritage Teen Council (NHTC) is a small group of high school students who contribute to the exhibits, programs, and events at the Nordic Heritage Museum. The council meets biweekly over a 10-week period to develop and implement projects for the Museum. They are also active in volunteering with the various events at the Museum throughout the year.

Currently the NHTC has a display on view at the Museum titled Boxing Up the Past, Packing for the Future.

Learn more about the NHTC and their work around the museum on their blog.

Pictured right: Teens learn how an exhibition is created by curating their own. Here installation is in progress.

Adult Programs

Nordic Woodcarving
Craft School Series

We're pleased to host a variety of workshops, classes, and lectures for adults as a part of our Craft School Series. Learn Norwegian rosemaling or how to make Danish pastries; try your hand at Nordic wood carving or taste-test Nordic beers. Craft School offers something for everyone looking to get to know Nordic culture and have a lot of fun.

More information on our events page.

Learn more by calling Jeremy Ehrlich at 206-789-5707, ext. 37

Nordic Knitting Cafe Nordic Knit and Spin Cafe

First Sunday of the month, September-June, 1:00-4:00pm

Both new and experienced knitters are encouraged to bring their knitting and spinning projects and find kindred spirits at Nordic Knit and Spin Cafe.

You don’t have to be Nordic to knit Nordic!

Cost: free, donations welcome.

Scandinavian Language Institute

The Scandinavian Language Institute (SLI) has been providing Seattle-area adults their Nordic language education for more than 30 years. Whether you are a true beginner, simply need a refresher course, or are looking to advance your language skills, SLI has options for you in Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. Most classes are held here at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Fall Quarter begins October 6th! Join SLI this March for a nine-week course in your choice of language and level. Tuition ranges from $85 to $110 depending on the class. Discounts and partial scholarships are available. Registration takes place in class - just show up and you're in!

See the SLI website for the full schedule for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as for information about the SLI faculty and more.

Learn more about the Scandinavian Language Institute in this great video:

Nordic Knitting Conference 2014

Arne & Carlos October 3 - 5, 2014

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for 2014 Nordic Knitting Conference. We had a great time, and can't wait to do it again. Stay tuned for details about the next Nordic Knitting Confernce!

Meet Arne & Carlos! The popular Scandinavian knitting duo headlined the conference in 2014.

Susanna Hansson
Judith MacKenzie
Mary Jane Mucklestone
Cirilia Rose
Dianna Walla
and special guest instructor Laura Ricketts

"The caliber of the instructors is amazing, as is the camaraderie of the knitters. It was all I expected and more."
-- 2012 Conference Attendee

View the full schedule and all the details on the Nordic Knitting Conference page of the website here!

For Teachers

The Nordic Heritage Museum invites school groups to visit our exhibits, either on guided or self-guided tours. Reservations are required for all group visits at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Education Department at (206) 789-5707 ext.19 or email: alisonc@nordicmuseum.org.

Museum Tours
Guided Tours
Guided tours take place in our Dream of America exhibit and include a curriculum guide, a guide to Washington State EALRs addressed, and a scavenger hunt for students to use on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Bring your class’s study of immigration, Nordic culture, or Washington State history alive with this popular tour. Travel back to the nineteenth-century Scandinavian countryside with your students to begin the journey to America through the Dream of America’s life-like settings and period artifacts. The voyage continues through captivating displays, as students board a ship to cross the Atlantic, and disembark at Ellis Island. Moving through the Midwest, the trek ends in the Pacific Northwest and Ballard, Seattle. Make the Nordic immigrant experience universal with this dynamic tour using role-playing and illustrative props! Minimum of ten students, maximum of 30 on guided tours. Larger groups can schedule back-to-back tours. One chaperone is required for every six students. Self-guided Tours
Teachers are also welcome to bring students on self-guided tours. Scavenger hunts are available for all three floors of the museum.

Outreach Trunks Immigrant Trunk
The Immigrant Trunk is full of hands-on artifacts that reflect common objects brought by Nordic immigrants to America during the nineteenth century. Use the classroom activities and teacher’s manual, personal belongings, and replicas of immigrant documents from the Museum’s collection to bring history alive. Let the Immigrant Trunk give your class a personal glimpse into the immigration period of the late 1800s.The Immigrant Trunk is a great complement to the Dream of America guided tour.

NEW! Nordic Folk Art Trunk
The newly completed Nordic Folk Art Trunk includes a wealth of folk art objects from the Nordic region. Students can explore traditional art forms such as painting, paper arts, textiles, and music. Books, music CDs, and a teacher's manual round out this classroom resource.

Viking Trunk
The Viking Trunk contains faithful replicas of Viking Age artifacts for your students to handle and try on, including clothing, armor, and jewelry. Slides depicting the world of the Vikings, informative books, and a teacher’s manual filled with information and activities for classroom use complete this fun outreach resource. Use the Viking Trunk to discover with your students how the Vikings really lived.

Trolls and Norse Gods Trunk
The Trolls and Norse Gods Trunk is an excellent resource for classes studying folktales or myths, or for those who just love trolls and Norse gods. This trunk contains troll and Norse god costumes, music stories to read in class along with story writing aids, and a teacher’s manual filled with information about trolls and Norse gods and activities to use in your classroom.

Teachers Packets
Our Education Department has created packets especially for educators to use in their classrooms.

Current Teachers Packets Available in PDF:

Holidays in Scandinavia

Nordic Holiday Crafts

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