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Jun 01, 2020
Looking at old family photos

In 2020, the National Nordic Museum holds its first Nordic Genealogy Conference. Professional genealogists and subject matter experts from North America and the Nordic countries will share insights about family history research, genealogy, and tracing heritage origins through a wide range of resources including folk literature, immigration records, and genetic testing.

Jun 01, 2020
A person in a hooded jacket stands overlooking the Faroe Islands

In this expert takeover of the blog, Scandinavian studies graduate student Brad Harmon discusses the unique film industry of the Faroe Islands. 

May 19, 2020
Multicolor puffins

If you ask most people what bird comes to mind when they think about Iceland, the answer will be puffins! The puffin—or lundi in Icelandic—is often called the "clown of the sea" thanks to its brightly colored beak. Decorate your own puffin quartet in this fun coloring project! Print out the blank template, or draw your own four puffin outlines, then color them in with all kinds of different colors. 

May 13, 2020
A simple bird silhouette of blue paper with a red paper wing

Syttende Mai has been celebrated in Seattle since 1889—before Washington was even a state—and the Seattle festivities are the largest outside of Norway. With this year’s Syttende Mai parade in Ballard cancelled, try these activities instead to celebrate Syttende Mai at home!

Apr 20, 2020
A Tinn bridal hat. This tall hat is festooned with silver threads, and a red ribbon dangles behind. It is heavily embroidered in blue, red, and yellow threads.

In this Artist Takeover of the National Nordic Museum's blog, Seattle artist Lori Talcott discusses an unusual Norwegian bridal hat. Lori was scheduled to share her expertise in Norwegian folk jewelry at the Museum's Folk Art Fashion Show in April, which had to be postponed due to the global pandemic.