Calendar

March 2013

Scandinavian Dances with Linda and Paul

Friday, March 1, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Three Sessions: March 1, 8, 15, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Always wanted to learn how to dance or take your dancing to the next level? If you can walk, you can learn to dance! Emphasis on basic dance techniques one step at a time. Beginners learn how to recognize music, connect with your partner, lead and follow. For those with advanced dance abilities, classes build a strong foundation to develop additional dance skills and improve technique. The Hambo, considered Sweden’s National Dance, will be the last class March 15. Attendance at each class is not required but highly recommended. Cost per class: $10 members, $15 non-members; save 20% with all 3 classes $24 members, $36 for non-members. No partner needed and any experience level welcome. If you have any questions, please e-mail Museum@samac.org or call 773.728.8111.

Scandinavian Dances

Bullerbyn

Sunday, March 3, 2013, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Taking place every other Sunday, Bullerbyn is a time for singing cherished children’s songs, reading fun tales, and having lots of fun in Swedish. Children ages 6 months to 6 years are welcome to attend with a parent. This mixed class will be primarily conducted in Swedish. All children participating should have Swedish spoken regularly at home in order to get the most of of Bullerbyn.

We meet in the gallery space or the Children’s Museum. Children are welcome to stay and play in the Brunk Children’s Museum after the program. The classes are free for members. Non-members pay $5 per child/class; payment can be made at the Museum. Reservations are recommended and can be made by e-mailing samac@samac.org.

Herring Breakfast with Entertainment by Vivian Morrison

Sunday, March 3, 2013, noon

Join us for a traditional fried herring breakfast which includes meatballs, potato sausage, and much more. The brunch is catered by Tre Kronor Restaurant. Cost: $25 members, $30 non-members. Reservations are required.

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Film Thursday

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Take a break from your regular schedule and enjoy a movie at the Swedish American Museum the first Thursday of every month this spring at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Thursday, March 7, the film is “Before the Frost” (Innan frosten)

“Before the Frost” comes from the popular Swedish crime fiction series with Inspector Kurt Wallander, written by Henning Mankell. In this episode a series of bizarre, ghoulish crimes defy explanation–with a King James Bible left on the scene serving as the only clue. Is it some sort of message? What kind of people have so little respect for  life, and what gets lost when belief turns into zealotry? For more information about the series, please click here.

Reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing Museum@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111. This event is free. Coffee and sandwiches are available for purchase.

Hejsan – Children’s After-School Program

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

“Finger Weaving”

The Spring 2013 focus for Hejsan is on pioneer crafts and games, and on Thursday, March 7 we will learn about finger weaving.

The after-school program is designed for children ages 5 to 10, where they learn about particular topics in Swedish-American culture and make themed crafts. Younger children are welcome under the supervision of an adult. Cost: $1 per child. Reservations are recommended.

Scandinavian Dances with Linda and Paul

Friday, March 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Three Sessions: March 1, 8, 15, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Always wanted to learn how to dance or take your dancing to the next level? If you can walk, you can learn to dance! Emphasis on basic dance techniques one step at a time. Beginners learn how to recognize music, connect with your partner, lead and follow. For those with advanced dance abilities, classes build a strong foundation to develop additional dance skills and improve technique. TheHambo, considered Sweden’s National Dance, will be the last class March 15. Attendance at each class is not required but highly recommended. Cost per class: $10 members, $15 non-members; save 20% with all 3 classes $24 members, $36 for non-members. No partner needed and any experience level welcome. If you have any questions, please e-mail Museum@samac.org or call 773.728.8111.

Scandinavian Dances

Pancakes with Pippi

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 9 a.m.

Join Pippi Longstocking, a popular Swedish character, for Swedish pancakes, crafts, singing and dancing.  This is a unique opportunity to meet Pippi and learn how to make pancakes Pippi-style!  All ages are welcome. Pre-paid and confirmed reservations are required. Children under 2 are free!

We are not able to take any more reservations. The event is sold out.

Scandinavian Jam

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Musicians and instructors Mary Allsopp and Paul Tyler will co-host a Scandinavian Jam at the Swedish American Museum the second Saturday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All ages are invited to bring any instrument, regardless of level. Come for learning new Scandinavian songs or playing old classics! Recording devices are recommended. Contact Scandi.Fiddler@yahoo.com orPTyler@ameritech.net for questions.

Tolerance vs. Inclusion: How Immigration Affects Education

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7 p.m.

Join us for a presentation by Faith L. Walls. While spending one year in Sweden, she researched how immigration affects education, in particular at bullying/relational aggression among girls in a multi-cultural school setting. As a visiting researcher at Stockholm University’s Department of Child and Youth Studies, Walls worked with 6th grade girls at two elementary schools in Södertälje, one of the heaviest immigrant-populated municipalities in all of Sweden. Södertälje has immigrants from Iraq, Finland, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and many other countries. Walls is a recipient of the Malmberg Scholarship by American Swedish Institute of Minneapolis for this project. Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members. Special rate for teachers and students: $10; must show school ID at check-in. Pizza and salad will be served before the presentation.

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Scandinavian Dances with Linda and Paul

Friday, March 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Three Sessions: March 1, 8, 15, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Always wanted to learn how to dance or take your dancing to the next level? If you can walk, you can learn to dance! Emphasis on basic dance techniques one step at a time. Beginners learn how to recognize music, connect with your partner, lead and follow. For those with advanced dance abilities, classes build a strong foundation to develop additional dance skills and improve technique. TheHambo, considered Sweden’s National Dance, will be the last class March 15. Attendance at each class is not required but highly recommended. Cost per class: $10 members, $15 non-members; save 20% with all 3 classes $24 members, $36 for non-members. No partner needed and any experience level welcome. If you have any questions, please e-mail Museum@samac.org or call 773.728.8111.

Scandinavian Dances

A Swedish-American Family “Påsk” Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10 a.m.

Start your Easter off by learning about traditional Easter food, decorate a påskris, and paint eggs in both the Swedish and American way. Children dressed up in Easter costumes will receive a special treat. Swedish fruit punch and delicious open-faced sandwiches will be served during the workshop. Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members. Reservations are required.

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Bullerbyn

Sunday, March 17, 2013, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Taking place every other Sunday, Bullerbyn is a time for singing cherished children’s songs, reading fun tales, and having lots of fun in Swedish. Children ages 6 months to 6 years are welcome to attend with a parent. This mixed class will be primarily conducted in Swedish. All children participating should have Swedish spoken regularly at home in order to get the most of of Bullerbyn.

We meet in the gallery space or the Children’s Museum. Children are welcome to stay and play in the Brunk Children’s Museum after the program. The classes are free for members. Non-members pay $5 per child/class; payment can be made at the Museum. Reservations are recommended and can be made by e-mailing samac@samac.org.

Body, Mind and Soul with a Scandinavian Touch

Monday, March 18, 2013, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Swedish American Museum, SWEA Chicago, and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, welcome you to a book evening with Ann Fernholm, the author of “Ett sötare blod” (A Sweeter Blood).

The obesity trend is still increasing as well as associated diseases and health conditions, although we have become more conscious about the fat content in our diet. As our diet has become leaner it has become much sweeter. What impact has the increased use of dietary sugar had on our health? More information about the author and her book can be found in Swedish at www.ettsotareblod.se.

Ann Fernholm has worked as a scientific journalist since 2001, when she received her doctorate in molecular biotechnology at Uppsala University. Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Swedish newspapers Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, and Fokus to mention a few. In 2010 she was rewarded “Swedish Science Journalist of the Year” for her review of sunscreens.

Cost is $10 for members of the Museum, SWEA or SACC and $15 for non-members. Reservations are required and must be made before March 15. Refreshments will be served.

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Hejsan – Children’s After-School Program

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

“Whirligigs”

The Spring 2013 focus for Hejsan is on pioneer crafts and games, and on Thursday, March 21 we will learn about whirligigs.

The after-school program is designed for children ages 5 to 10, where they learn about particular topics in Swedish-American culture and make themed crafts. Younger children are welcome under the supervision of an adult. Cost: $1 per child. Reservations are recommended.

“Entangled Routes” Exhibit Opening

Friday, March 22, 2013, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join us for the opening of our newest exhibit, “Entangled Routes,” featuring ceramic sculptor, Corinne D. Peterson and her sons Tim Klassen, a collage artist, and Stephen Klassen, a visual artist working primarily with wood. The various mixed media pieces of this exhibit are rooted in the artists’ Scandinavian heritage and their experience of the landscape, people and myths of the North.

Genealogy Session

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10 a.m. - noon

Påsk Traditioner” (Easter Traditions)

On Saturday, March 23, the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session focusing on Easter traditions.

To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center, please click here. You may also e-mail genealogy@samac.org or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.

 

A Dream of America–Swedish Immigration to Chicago

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 1 p.m.

Please join the Museum for a guided tour of our permanent exhibit, A Dream of America: Swedish Immigration to Chicago, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. This fascinating tour starts in the mid-1800s in Sweden and takes the visitor on a journey from Sweden to the New World, providing insights into the struggles and triumphs of Swedish immigrant life in Chicago. We meet Stina Olofsdotter, whose son is leaving Sweden with his family in 1868, Karl Karlsson and his family who emigrated in 1893, and Elin and Birgitta Hedman, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1924. To learn more about the permanent exhibit, please click here.

Cost for the tour is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, and Museum members are free. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended.  Please call 773.728.8111 or e-mail Museum@samac.org to reserve your spot.

Celebrate “Våffeldagen” at the Museum

Monday, March 25, 2013, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Våffeldagen is celebrated on March 25, the feast of Marie Bebådelsedagen or Annunciation Day. That was the day the Archangel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus. Swedes have found a great way of celebrating this day–we eat waffles! At the Museum we will celebrate Våffeldagen on Monday, March 25.  We will begin serving delicious Swedish waffles at 10 a.m. Cost: $5 per serving.

Start with Art

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Start your morning off with some coffee and culture at the Swedish American Museum and check out our current exhibit “Entangled Routes.”

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