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24 01 2019

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.

SWEDISH WITCHES-FOLKLORE & TRIALS

at Redemption Lutheran Church

4057 N. Mayfair Rd. (Hwy. 100, just north of Capitol Dr.)

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

According to Swedish Folklore, Maundy Thursday was time for all Swedish witches (häxor) to grab their broomsticks from hiding to fly off to celebrate the Witches’ Sabbath.  On Holy Saturday it was time to fly back home and attend Easter Sunday service with everyone else in the village, but be careful not to say your prayers backwards. That would be a sure way to be identified as a witch.

Getting too old to fly at night on that rickety old broom, please consider a more modern form of transportation and join us on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., as we welcome Amber Rose, Ph.D. Candidate in Scandinavian Studies-Folklore, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Assistant Acquisitions Editor with The University of Wisconsin Press. Amber will tell us the story of Swedish witches and witch trials in the period (1450-1700).   

We’ll end with an exploration of today’s contemporary tradition of Swedish Witches at Easter time. Who knows, we may even have an Easter Witch or two in attendance at the meeting?

Join the Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin meeting on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.at Redemption Lutheran Church, 4057 N. Mayfair Rd. (Hwy 100, just north of Capitol Dr.) in Wauwatosa. FIKA follows.

and SAVE THESE DATES FOR OUR COMING EVENTS in 2019:

May 11, 2019 –The Story of the Bishop Hill Settlement at Redemption Luth. Church       

June 23, 2019 – Midsommar at Heidelberg Park – Glendale  

Need more information:  

Call 414-352-7890 …or…

     Email: swedishamericanhistoricalwisc@gmail.com.

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GOTT NYTT ÅR!

12 08 2018

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPING IN 2019 AT SAHSWI:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
REMEMBERING THE SWEDEN OF OUR ANCESTORS
at Redemption Lutheran Church
4057 N. Mayfair Rd. (Hwy. 100, just north of Capitol Dr.)
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Join us as we start the year by welcoming three of our Swedish friends who grew up in Sweden to speak at our January meeting. Come and hear Karin, Kurt and Jan talk about the people, places, customs, celebrations, food, and weather of their home towns in Sweden, and the lifelong impact these memories have had on their lives. We’ll hear some memories that are common to all Swedes in Sweden and we’ll hear some memories that are unique to a certain region in Sweden.

Come early and before the program, mark the map of Sweden to designate the area from which your Swedish family came. We also welcome your sharing with the group a Swedish family memory that still brings a smile to your face. It will be a day to remember, as we remember the Sweden of our families and enjoy FIKA.

and SAVE THESE DATES FOR OUR COMING EVENTS in 2019:

March 9, 2019 – Nordic Witchcraft at Redemption Luth. Church
May 11, 2019 – To be announced 
June 23, 2019 – Midsommar at Heidelberg Park – Glendale

Need more information:

Call 414-352-7890 …or…
Email: swedishamericanhistoricalwisc@gmail.com.

 

 

 

      

  

 

 


                                                    

 






25 05 2018

 

The day was perfect as SAHSWI celebrated

Scandinavian Midsommar-2018

at Heidelberg Park in the Milwaukee area…sunshine, a nice breeze, shade…in a brand new venue for us. More than 200 people joined us in decorating and raising our new majstång designed and constructed by members George Lofgren and Ray Shoberg.

 

Flower crowns abounded as many learned the technique of creating crowns and many expressed memories of the beauty of flowers crowns made in past years. Children and adults joined musicians in the procession to raise the majstång and dance traditional dances around it. Swedish Folk Music and Norwegian Folk Dancers entertained us for the afternoon.

The Kubb game area presented an opportunity to learn the history of the Viking game and to play the game. A child size Kubb court was also set up to include younger family members in the Kubb experience.

We hope all who attended enjoyed the Scandinavian Midsommar Celebration as much as Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin did in presenting it. We thank all the many volunteers who helped in the presentation.

The majstång and supplies are packed away and we look forward to seeing you all at our 2019 Scandinavian Midsommar Celebration.

If you missed the day..

view this posting at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ci0_D1KZf_4&t=26s