Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin Lucia, update

26 11 2019

The 2019 SAHSWI Lucia is 15 year old Hannah Culter, she will lead the procession of Tärnor (maids), Stjarngossar (starboys), Tomtenissar (elves) and Pepparkaksgubbar (gingerbread boys) at the annual Swedish American Historical Society Lucia celebration on Sunday December 8 at Whitnall Park Lutheran Church, Hales Corners. Hannah is of Swedish descent, her grandparents at young age living in Sweden and since then carrying on the Swedish traditions in the US. The program including traditional Swedish Lucia and Christmas songs is directed by SAHSWI member Sonia Hummel. After the Lucia procession, enjoy some traditional Swedish food, dancing around the Christmas Tree and Santa.
Why do Swedes and their descendants celebrate the Sicilian Saint Lucia? Find out more about the History of Lucia
Come and enjoy this wonderful tradition, the event is open to the public at no cost – see Santa Lucia Celebration.





Santa Lucia Celebration

17 10 2019

Come to the 2019 Traditional Swedish Santa Lucia celebration

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 5 – 7 p.m.

Whitnall Park Lutheran Church, 5847 Lilac Lane, Hales Corners

105th and Forest Home Avenue, (just east of Hwy. 100) in Hales Corners, WI

Directed by SONIA HUMMEL

Celebrate St. Lucia Day with us. Welcome the Christmas season with a celebration of light in the darkness of winter. Hear the story and beautiful music of the Swedish celebration of Lucia. Lucia, crowned with candles and dressed in white will lead her procession of attendants (tärnor) each carrying a candle, starboys (stjarngossar), gingerbread boys (pepparkaksgubbar) and elves (tomtenissar).

Then join the traditional dancing around the Christmas tree. Visit with Santa while enjoying coffee and treats including traditional Swedish Christmas dishes. If you can, bring a dish to share.


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Saturday January 11, 2020 1:30 PM Swedish Opera singer Christina Nilsson, presentation by Carol Gustafson

A Rags to Riches Story – The life of Christina Nilsson, the famous Swedish opera singer, will be told by SAHSWI member Carol Gustafson, her great, great niece.  Christina was born August 20, 1843 in Sjöabol/Snugge outside Växjö and died November 20, 1921.  Christina sang at the opening night of the New York Met in 1883.  She was very popular in the USA, Russia, the UK and France. Carol has visited her homestead, now a museum in Sweden as well as her mansion Villa Vik and mausoleum in Växjö. It’s a fascinating story of a poor girl from southern Sweden who became a world renown opera singer.