Join Mika Laitinen, author of Viking Age Brew, and Jereme Zimmerman, author of Make Mead Like a Viking and Brew Beer Like a Yeti for a discussion on the history, tradition, and technique of brewing Nordic ales. The authors will each discuss their individual approach to researching and experimenting with Nordic farmhouse brewing. Additionally, they will provide an overview of beer history and beer styles in the Nordic regions and their methods for researching the information in their books. A Q&A session for brewers and non-brewers alike will follow.
Zimmerman, a Kentucky native and former Seattle resident, approaches the subject from the viewpoint of an ardent experimentalist attempting to recreate authentic historical brews utilizing ingredients foraged from the hills of Kentucky. He has been brewing beer since he first moved to Seattle in 1998, and his since become a popular speaker and writer of books, magazine articles and blogs in the fields of traditional brewing, modern homesteading and sustainability. His writings have appeared in Mother Earth News, Grit and American Frontiersman, among others. He will discuss his understanding of modern and ancient Nordic brewing, including his wide-ranging knowledge on history, techniques, and ingredients for brewing like a Viking. Learn more at his website, www.jereme-zimmerman.com.
Mika Laitinen writes about traditional ales and brewing from days gone by. His articles on Nordic farmhouse ales have appeared in beer magazines, including Brew Your Own and Zymurgy, and many of his writings about local Nordic beer culture are featured on his website www.brewingnordic.com. Laitinen lives, writes, and brews in Finland, just a stone’s throw from the sahti heartland, where traditional farmhouse ale culture still thrives. Since 1998, he has crafted hundreds of homebrews, many of them to test how various farmhouse methods work in practice or explore how people brewed in ages past.
Experienced brewers, new brewers, and anyone with an interest in medieval and Viking Age history are welcome to attend. No brewing experience is required!
Cost: $10 for Members; $15 general admission
Intimidated by international genealogy research? Don’t worry! Scandinavian records are some of the most approachable. Learn how to access and effectively use the “Big Three”—parish, census/clerical surveys, and emigration records—for Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Don’t know your immigrant’s parish of birth? We’ll talk about that, too. This highly interactive class will ensure that each participant leaves the session with a research plan specific for their country of origin.
Instructor Jill Morelli writes and lectures extensively in the Puget Sound area on a variety of subjects related to genealogical records sets and successful research techniques, as well as her German and Scandinavian heritage.
Cost: $18 for Members, $22 general admission
Come spend a Bamse-filled day with teh National Nordic Museum! Children of all ages can enjoy Bamse storytime, crafts, and more! Free surprise for all kids at Admissions!
Swedish storytime: 10:15am
English storytime: 10:45am
Cost: Free with admission
Held the first Thursday of each month, Nordic Stories features children’s stories from the Nordic countries, along with fun craft projects.
Cost: Free (Note: No reservations necessary. Not intended for large groups.)
Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon woodcarving in this class. Woodcarvers at all levels are welcome. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects. No tools or experience necessary.
Cost: $45/day for Members; $48/day general admission
What if an ancient god escaped his fate and history was thrown to the wolves?
Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard, hellbent on studying the 1,000-year-old Viking memorial there. But when things start changing and outright disappearing, Michaels realizes there is more to this old man than meets the eye. Now, Michaels finds himself swept up in an ancient god's quest to escape his destiny by reworking reality, putting history--and to Michaels's dismay, Christianity itself--to the Viking sword. In "The All Father Paradox," the new Vikingverse novel, storied heroes of mankind emerge in new and brutal guises drawn from the sagas.
Author Ian Stuart Sharpe will be at the Museum Store to chat with visitors and sign copies of his book. Come down to meet him, talk about the series, and browse the other books (and goodies) in the Museum Store!
Join us for a fun evening with some 70s trivia in honor of our exhibit Studio 54. Hasse Persson, one of Sweden’s most well-known photographers, was one of the very few who was permitted to photograph inside the legendary Studio 54 in the 1970s. Persson also photographed other iconic events during the same time frame. Grab a drink in Café Freya and join us for some trivia. This event is free. Drinks and admission to the Museum's special exhibition not included.
Cost: Free (drinks and Museum admission not included)
Join us in the National Nordic Museum’s East Garden for a special Summer Crayfish Party! You will enjoy all the crayfish and traditional fixings you can eat, plus great conversation and lively entertainment. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with an Aquavit reception, with dinner being served at 6:30 pm. Bring your friends and appetite, and get ready to have some drinks, sing some songs, and celebrate the season!
Cost: $100 for Members; $120 general admission
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Renowned for their exquisitely crafted clothing, the Oleana fashion house was founded in 1992 with the mission to create new jobs in Norway’s textile industry. While the rest of Western Europe had switched to cheap production methods and supplies, Oleana stood out by returning to traditional methods and materials to create their knitwear.