Hans Christian Andersen's most famous character may be the Little Mermaid, but learn more about his futuristic fairy tales in the first lecture of our Scandinavian 30 series. Additional free lectures look at the impact of climate change on trolls, what the Vikings thought about doomsday, Hygge, Tom of Finland, Norwegian crime fiction, and popular North European proverbs. There's something for everyone in our popular second Thursday lecture series.
We spoke to author Ola Larsmo about the inspirations for his historical novel Swede Hollow. Recently translated from Swedish by Tiina Nunnally and published by University of Minnesota Press, Larsmo's American book tour launches at the National Nordic Museum on October 6.
Leslie Anderson joined the National Nordic Museum team as Director of Collections, Exhibitions and Programs in September. “What attracted me to working at the National Nordic Museum is that it offers enduring content for all audiences—the story of Nordic immigration is the story of America,” said Anderson.
Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen does not believe in a single, clear-cut truth, but for him the famous Danish painter L.A. Ring is among the few who come very close to depicting such truth. Prior to entering On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark, visitors can watch four films narrated by Mikkelsen about Ring’s contribution to modern art.
Eric Nelson, National Nordic Museum CEO and Executive Director, was named Swedish American of the Year by the Vasa Order of America in August in recognition of his work in establishing the Museum as the only museum in the United States – and indeed the world – that showcases the impact and influence of Nordic values and innovation in contemporary society.