Nordic Heritage Museum Features Summer Programs & Events
June 24, 2013 | Seattle, WA — From a book talk to a night at Safeco Field, the Nordic Heritage Museum announces its summer line-up of events.
Icelandic Migration to and from Utah Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 p.m.
Join Professor Fred Woods from Brigham Young University for a talk on why Icelanders immigrated to Utah from 1854 to 1914. Woods gives an overview of the Icelanders’ journey from settlement to the present day.
Professor Fred E. Woods is currently at Brigham Young University and has been a visiting professor at several universities, including the University of Iceland. Woods has also lectured internationally on the topic of Mormon migration by sail, rail, and trail and is the chief editor and compiler of the “Mormon Migration” website. Currently, Woods is working with Icelandic scholar Kári Bjarnason, head of the Vestmannæyjar Folk Museum, to collect and publish Icelandic materials which are in Utah.
Cost: Suggested donation of $5. RSVPs encouraged online at http://www.nordicmuseum.org/events.aspx#utah or call 206.789.5707 ext. 10.
Presented in partnership with the Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle.
About the photo: An Icelandic man aboard the ship Camoens, which brought Icelanders heading to Utah from Iceland to Scotland. The travelers subsequently took a vessel from Liverpool to America and on to Utah.
Book Talk: Four Thousand Hooks Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.
Join author Dean Adams as he discusses his new book Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska, which is both an absorbing adventure story and a rich ethnography of a way of life and work that has sustained Northwest families for generations. This true story appeals to readers interested in ocean adventures, commercial fishing, maritime life, and the Northwest Coast.
Dean Adams was born in Seattle and grew up on the shores of Lake Meridian near Kent, Washington. In 1972, he began his commercial fishing career at the age of 15, working on his uncle's schooner, the Grant, and went on to become the owner and captain of the Quest in 1979 at 22. In the 1990s, Adams returned to the University of Washington to finish a B.S. in Fisheries Science (1994) and completed his M.S. in 1998. He retired from Alaska commercial fishing in 2007 and is now working on the second book in the Four Thousand Hooks story.
Cost: Suggested donation of $5. RSVPs encouraged online at http://www.nordicmuseum.org/events.aspx#booktalk or call 206.789.5707 ext. 10.
Nordic Heritage Night at Safeco Field Friday, August 9, 7:10 p.m.
Gather your friends and family members and join the Nordic community for this special event at Safeco Field. On this night, not only do the Mariners battle the Milwaukee Brewers, but there will also be a special post-game fireworks show to celebrate the storied career of Ken Griffey, Jr., by Pyro Spectaculars, the same company who produces the New Year's Eve show at the Space Needle.
Discounted seating is available online only; $5 of each ticket purchased through this offer goes directly to support the Nordic Heritage Museum.
Pricing: • $16 View Level (normally $20) • $25 Field Level (normally $40)
How to get your tickets: 1. Go to www.mariners.com/nordic 2. Select “Buy Tickets” then enter nordic as your Special Offer Code. 3. Purchase and print your tickets instantly.
Saturday & Sunday, August 17 & 18
See the Museum grounds transformed into an all-ages festival bursting with Nordic food, music, demonstrations, crafts, and the Viking Encampment for this free two-day event.
Both days start with a Swedish Pancake Breakfast, and delicacies from each of the five Nordic countries are available throughout the festival, from Danish aebleskiver to Icelandic vinarterta. Or enjoy grilled sausages and craft beer in the Valhalla Beer Garden, which stays open late on Saturday night for a Salmon BBQ cookout.
Dozens of music groups perform, crafts are set up for kids, and local artisans sell handcrafted items. Perhaps the greatest highlight of the event is the Viking Encampment. There, event-goers see what a day in the life of a Viking was really like and participate in demonstrations on weaving, carving, games, and more. But look out — a battle may erupt!
See pictures from last year's Viking Days on the Museum Flickr page.
About the Nordic Heritage Museum
With over 55,000 visitors annually, the Nordic Heritage Museum is a cultural treasure in the Pacific Northwest. It is the only museum in the United States that represents the cultural heritage of all five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Museum’s mission is to share Nordic culture with people of all ages and backgrounds by exhibiting art and objects, preserving collections, providing educational and cultural experiences and serving as a community gathering place. The Nordic Heritage Museum presents a wide range of vibrant programs including contemporary art exhibitions, outstanding concerts, lectures and films and a variety of special events throughout the year.
Museum hours: Tues-Sat 10 am to 4 pm; Sun 12 noon to 4 pm; Mon closed
Admission: $6 general; $5 seniors & college students; $4 children over 5 years;
FREE for children under 5 and Museum members; free on first Thursdays
The Museum is located at 3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117.