Desiree Ohrbeck, Visiting Lecturer of Danish at UW, will give a lecture on the reactions in Denmark after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen in February 2015. She will outline the freedom of speech debate that is taking place in Denmark right now and what implications the debate has for where Denmark is headed politically. As an introduction, Ohrbeck will talk about the democratization process of the population initiated by N.F.S. Grundtvig in the process of dealing with great territory losses and creating a new identity after 1864.
Desiree Ohrbeck earned her master’s degree in Danish from University of Copenhagen in 2005. In her Thesis, she specialized in classical short story theories and its usefulness on newer short story prose in Danish literature. During her studies and professional teaching career, Desiree has further focused on sociolinguistics and how language is used as a mark of identification. In the past 5 years, Desiree has taught at several higher educational Institutions in Greater Copenhagen, including the Danish Technical University.
April's Nordic Nights programming includes:
5:00 p.m A guided tour of The Dream of America, a permanent exhibition that tells the story of Nordic immigrants coming to America. Adults and children welcome.
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Stop by the craft table! We'll have a fun craft for children of all ages. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
5:30 p.m. Check out the Norwegian/Sami short film Half of This and Half of That by filmmaker Marja Bål Nango. There will be second screening at 7:00 p.m.
Halvt ditt og halvt datt (Half of This and Half of That)
Sápmi/Norway • 25 min • Sami & Norwegian with English subtitles • Documentary
Marja Bål Nango wants her future children to be of Sámi origin, both maternally and paternally. But why does she want that? And is it really so bad being “half this and half that?” The filmmaker interviews six young people that in one way or another belong to two cultures, in search of answers to her own questions about being multicultural. This film is in conjunction with the exhibit Two Nationalities - Photographs by Diana Velasco
6:00 p.m. Opening reception for the exhibitition Diana Velasco: Dual Exposures
7:00 p.m. Second screening of the Norwegian/Sami short film Half of This and Half of That by film maker Marja Bål Nango.
April 5, 12, 19, 26;
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
June 7, 14, 21, 28
9:00 A.M.–3:30 P.M.
Woodcarvers at all levels are welcome in this class. tool
sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for
beginners. continuing students will develop their own
Classes are paid for by
the month. Visit instructor Erik
Holt’s website for more information about tools and
start at $45 for members, $47 for non-members. There are
discounts for purchasing multiple classes at
Sign up for
April woodcarving classes at craftschool-woodcarving-apr.eventbrite.com
Thursday, April 5
Iceland: Frances Dean Who Loved To Dance And Dance, By
Join us for our eighth
year of nordic stories, geared toward preschool-aged children and
their grown-ups. Held the first thursday of each month at 10:00
a.m., nordic stories features children’s stories from the
Nordic countries read aloud and fun craft projects. This is a free
program, reservations are not necessary. Please note: this program
is not intended for large groups.
Research Your Family Workshop
Saturday, April 11
2:00 P.M.–4:00 P.M.
histories has never been easier! Join Carol Buswell, education
specialist at the National Archives at Seattle, for a hands-on
genealogy workshop. You’ll learn about resources that will
allow you to trace your family history, using records from the
United States and Scandinavia. You’ll leave with handouts,
tips, and everything you need to know to get started on your own
family’s historical record.
Cost: $18 For Members; $22
General Admission Concert
the workshop at http://family-research-workshop.eventbrite.com
Nordic Chamber Music Series & Smörgåsbord
20th Anniversary Season
Sweden| Lena Moén And Lena Johnson | Songs Of The
Sunday, April 12
Swedish soprano Lena
Moén joins Swedish pianist Lena Johnson to perform a program
master composers Peterson-Berger, Defrumerie, Linde, Stenhammar,
and a tip of the hat to Schubert. Moén joins us from the
Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Tallin Baroque, and the Swedish
Radio Symphony Orchestra. johnson is a graduate of the Royal
College Of Music in Stockholm and a frequent performer in such
locales as london’s royal festival hall.
Cost: $47 With
Smörgåsbord, $22 Without Smörgåsbord For
Members; $55 With Smörgåsbord, $27 Without
Smörgåsbord, General Admission
tickets at https://sweden-mostlynordic2015.eventbrite.com
Sweden: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window /
Hundraåringen Som Klev Ut Genom
Tuesday, April 14
Enjoy a Nordic movie and
homemade nourishing soup.
The 100 Year Old Man
Who Climbed Out The Window is based on the internationally
best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson . It tells the unlikely story
of a 100-year-old man who decides it’s not too late to start
over. For most people it would be the adventure of a lifetime, but
allan karlsson’s unexpected journey is not his
Cost: $8 For Members; $14
tickets at soupandcinema-april.eventbrite.com
Pechakucha: Designing the Body
Design Mind. Design Body. Human Centered Design in the 21st
Thursday, April 16
The Nordic Heritage Museum
is pleased to announce a Pechakucha event in conjunction with the
exhibition Finland: Designed Environments. Pechakucha
Seattle comes to the Museum to discuss
Nordic design in its unique 20x20 fashion. Participating presenters
will be announced as the date nears.
First formed in Tokyo in
2003, this 20x20 format features simple presentations of 20 images
shown for 20 seconds accompanying presenters’ talks. These
informal and fun gatherings have since spread around the world.
No-host bar and refreshments provided by the Museum.
Suggested Donation: $5
Northern Lights Auktion
Saturday, April 18
Doors Open At 5:00 P.M.
You are cordially invited
to the 30th Annual Northern Lights Auktion at the Grand
join us at the Grand Hyatt Seattle for a glamorous evening of fine
dining and thrilling auction lots.
Enjoy an elegant Nordic-inspired night, complete with aquavit,
champagne, and special guests, all
while supporting the Nordic Heritage Museum! This year we are
pleased to honor Allan and Inger Osberg for their contributions to
the Nordic Heritage Museum.
and more information, visit the Auktion
Novus Project Plays Sibelius
Sunday, April 26
The Novus project is a
consortium of musicians comprised of members of Seattle Symphony,
members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestras, and other
talented local musicians. In this concert the group will focus on
works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The concert is in
commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Sibelius’ birth.
Swedish soprano Marie Birve will perform with the group.
Cost: $12 For Members; $14 General Admission
tickets at novusproject-sibelius.eventbrite.com
Coffee Treats; 5-Class Cooking Series
Join us for one or more
Saturday morning hands-on classes to learn how to cook afternoon
coffee treats from each of the five Nordic countries. Review the
history and culture of each treat, roll up your sleeves and cook,
then stay afterward for a proper Nordic fika.
Each class is 2:00 p.m.-
January 24 SOLD
Norway with Daytona Strong
Prince Cake [Fyrstekake];
Grandma's Sandbakkels; Heart-Shaped Waffles
21 SOLD OUT
Iceland with Margret Solvadottir
Vienna Cake [Vínarterta] and Happy Marriage Cake
March 14 SOLD
Denmark with Judith Dern
Layercake with Cream and Raspberries [Lagkage med
flødeskum og hindbær];
Mazarins; Old-Fashioned Apple Cake [Gammeldags
Finland with Noel
Fruit Soup [Sekahedelmakeitto]; Rye Cookies
[Ruiskakut]; Cardamom Cream Pound Cake
[Kardemummakakku]; Air Pudding
Sweden with Ruth
Johnson-Pirie, "The Singing Baker"
Farmers cookies and cardamom cake
Cost: Members: $25 each,
$110 for all; General Admission $30 each, $130 for
one or more classes at craftschoolcoffeetreats.eventbrite.com
Vikings, Volvos, and Voyages
Wednesday, May 6
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Presentation
You're invited to an exciting event that combines ships, cars and the adventure
of a lifetime. See a fascinating presentation about Hurtigruten's Classic
Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Then learn about Volvo's Overseas Delivery Program, a
unique way to explore Europe with complimentary round-trip airfare for two. You
can also enter the Nordic Heritage Museum's raffle to win a 5- or 6-night
Hurtigruten voyage for two. And AAA Travel will be on hand to help plan your
Hurtigruten voyage. Space is limited, so reserve yours today!
Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16
Explore this traditional
Norwegian form of decorative folk art, or simply brush up on your
painting and design skills. Telemark, Hallingdal and Gudbrandsdal
are just some of the regional styles taught in this class. Hansen
is an experienced instructor and a member of The Western Rosemalers
Association. She is a gifted painter whose work is known and
appreciated throughout the United States.
Students paint on a
variety of decorative and useful objects. All levels of painters
welcome, and taking at least two classes is
You may purchase supplies
from Hansen at the time of the workshop: $10 for a plate; brushes
are $6 each; using her paints is $7; color copies are
Cost: General Admission
$35/day; NHM members $33/day
June 7, 14, 21, 28
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Woodcarvers at all levels
are welcome in this class. Tool sharpening and basic carving
techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will
develop their own projects.
Classes start at $45 for
museum members, $47 general admission.
Visit www.nordicdragon.com for more
information about tools and supplies.
Sunday, June 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00
This 2-hour Aquavit
tasting and workshop covers everything you ever wanted to know
about Aquavit, including history, production, styles by region,
modern interpretation, flavor profiles, food pairing, drinking
songs, culture, cocktailing and more! Taste over 20 different
domestic and imported aquavits as you learn the differences between
them. Ages 21+ only.
Cost: $55 Members,
$60 General Admission. Designated drivers admitted
Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum holds special events in
addition to our regular programming.
Mark Your Calendars for These Exciting Events!
Saturday and Sunday, August 22 & 23, 2015
Nordic Knitting Conference
Held every other year, TBD 2016
Saturday and Sunday, November 21 & 22, 2015
Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and
information on this year's Mostly Nordic
Champer Music Series, click here.
Sundays in February, March, April, and May, 2016
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