12 08 2018

Celebrate the Christmas Season with us…

JOIN US FOR OUR COMING EVENTS: 

                                       

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018
ANNUAL LUCIA CELEBRATION

5 P.M.
Whitnall Park Lutheran Church,
5847 Lilac Lane, 105th and Forest Home Avenue
(just east of Hwy. 100) in Hales Corners, WI

        Start the Christmas Season with the Swedish tradition of celebrating the beautiful festival of lights honoring St. Lucia.

Learn the history of the event as our Lucia, crowned with candles, leads the procession of attendants, starboys, gingerbread boys and elves. Hear the story, enjoy the music. Join traditional dancing around the Christmas tree and visit Santa.

Visit our raffle. Enjoy coffee and treats following.

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  • CHRISTMAS DAY
    DECEMBER 25, 2018
    JULOTTA

    7 A.M.
    Whitnall Park Lutheran Church,
    5847 Lilac Lane, 105th and Forest Home Avenue
    (just east of Hwy. 100) in Hales Corners, WI

    Join our annual Swedish Christmas Morning worship. Traditionally early Swedish immigrants started Christmas day at 5 a.m. Julotta (Jul: Christmas – otta: the time slightly before dawn). Horse drawn sleighs carried torches to light the way. Julotta is celebrated today in Sweden and we continue it with the beautiful gospel readings and beloved hymns sung in Swedish and/or English. Coffee hour follows the service.

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    SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.
    REMEMBERING THE SWEDEN OF OUR ANCESTORS

     Start the new year with us on Saturday, January 12, 2019. We’ll mark the map to show the area from which your ancestors emigrated. What are the attributes, customs, special celebrations, experiences or memories that made that area of Sweden special to your ancestors and to you? Come and share and learn more about Sweden and Swedish customs and history. FIKA follows the presentation with an opportunity to visit with members and guests.

                                                   Redemption Lutheran Church,                                                                   4057 North Mayfair Road (Hwy. 100, just north of Capitol Dr.)                                                                                        Wauwatosa, WI                                                               – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

             SAVE THESE DATES FOR FUTURE PROGRAMS:

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Nordic Witchcraft

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – To be announced

June 23, 2019 – Midsommar

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Need further information about our events?

Email us at swedishamericanhistoricalwisc@gmail.com or call 414-352-7890

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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