Sponsored by the American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation
- OUR SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL -
July 20, 21, 22, 2018
Jamestown Community College, Jamestown NY


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Lectures


Scandinavian Folk Festival 2018 Lecture Schedule


Friday, July 20, 2018


5-5:45 PM: Simply Swedish – An Introduction by Jeffrey Kroon

Jeffrey Kroon

Jeffrey Kroon holds an academic degree in English and has studied and traveled extensively in Sweden. He has taught Swedish language classes at Jamestown Community College since 1985. This is an introductory level sampling of Swedish greetings, common phrases and everyday vocabulary presented in an informal and interactive session that will have participants feeling and sounding Swedish! Absolutely no prior Swedish language study or knowledge is required.

6:45-7:40 PM: Viking Drum and Bugle Corps by Dave "Skipp" Axelson

Skipp Axelson relates the story about his participation in the Viking Drum and Bugle Corps in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s, when most towns in western NY and northwestern PA showed competitive drill groups at parades and celebrations. These groups, usually sponsored by fraternal clubs, veteran's organizations or fire departments, were fiercely competitive for prize money and our local Viking Drum and Bugle Corps was very successful because of their excellent music and precision marching.


Saturday, July 21, 2018


1-1:50 PM: Scandinavian Folk Costumes by Sonja Pascatore and Dr. Julie Boozer

Scandinavian folk costumes

Scandinavia's unique folk costumes speak to the richness of their culture through their intricate embroidery patterns and vivid color combinations. A few centuries ago, each Scandinavian Parish and Province in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden had their own individual distinctive local costume. Men’s and women’s "folkdrakt" clearly identified their residential area and their social class. Learn how to find out about your own ancestral "folkdrakt" and perhaps even make one.

2-2:50 PM: Finding Your Swedish Ancestors: A Beginning Lesson on Genealogy Research by Janet Wahlberg, Volunteer Genealogical Assistant at the Fenton History

This is a comprehensive introductory program on Finding Your Swedish Ancestors. Janet will demonstrate on-line resources and introduce you to the many resources that are available at the Fenton History Center's research library in Jamestown. Finding your ancestors is easier than you think!

3-3:50 PM: Jamestown is Still Swedish! by a panel of local Swedish merchants who successfully produce and sell authentic Swedish foods and delightful Scandinavian merchandise.

Allen Peterson will relate growing up on his grandfather's farm with its roadside produce stand and maintaining his family’s rich tradition of producing and marketing Swedish goods, along with his grand daughter, Kaitlyn Bentley, who imports and markets Swedish gift items and books at Peterson Farms. Rick and son Chad Eckloff will explain how they are carrying on the tradition of producing delicious authentic Swedish Bake goods….from scratch! Festival Director, Don Sandy will remind us of the many streets in Jamestown that still carry Swedish names.

4-4:50 PM: Grattis på födelsedagen, Ingmar Bergman! by Dr. Wesley Boozer

July 14, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oscar-winning Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman, considered by many to be the greatest filmmaker in history. From his austere childhood in Uppsala to his legendary success in filmdom, we will explore the life and career of this profoundly influential Swedish auteur. The 2018 Jamestown Scandinavian Folk Festival is pleased to join the 100-year-jubilee celebration throughout and around the entire world. Dr. Boozer is Professor of English at Hodges University in Naples Florida.

5-5:50 PM: Will Sweden As We Know It Prevail? by Ulf Mårtensson

Ulf Martensson

Over one million new Swedes, many of whom are former refugees, are looking for a new identity and a new life in Sweden; the country's next general election is scheduled for September 9, 2018. Elections in Sweden used to be about jobs and economy, equal pay and the social welfare system. This year's election, however, is all about immigration, domestic security and law and order. Are true Swedish values in danger as the traditionally homogeneous country changes? Ulf Barslund Mårtensson is a Swedish immigrant and proud citizen of the United States, Editor & Publisher at Nordstjernan, the classic Swedish newspaper of America.

6-6:50 PM: Why the Vikings Came to North America by Milton Franson

Milton Franson portrait The Wineland Sagas book cover

The author of the historical fiction trilogy, "The Wineland Sagas" will discuss why Leif came to America, what he was seeking, and how successive groups of explorers sought to exploit the riches of the new found land, and what eventually happened to them. Milt Franson is a Jamestown native and a graduate of the University of Buffalo, who later became an executive of a Manhattan advertising agency. His lifelong interest has been a study of the Viking explorers in the Sagas and Leif Ericksson's settlement at L'ance aux Meadows in North America in 1003 AD… five hundred years before Columbus. He will also trace possible Viking travels for the next 500 years from Maine to Rhode Island to Kensington, Minnesota. A book signing will follow.


Sunday, July 22, 2018


12-12:50 PM: Why the Vikings Came to North America by Milton Franson

Milton Franson portrait

The author of the historical fiction trilogy, "The Wineland Sagas" will discuss why Leif came to America, what he was seeking, and how successive groups of explorers sought to exploit the riches of the new found land, and what eventually happened to them. Milt Franson is a Jamestown native and a graduate of the University of Buffalo, who later became an executive of a Manhattan advertising agency. His lifelong interest has been a study of the Viking explorers in the Sagas and Leif Ericksson's settlement at L'ance aux Meadows in North America in 1003 AD… five hundred years before Columbus. He will also trace possible Viking travels for the next 500 years from Maine to Rhode Island to Kensington, Minnesota. A book signing will follow.

1-1:50 PM: Grattis på födelsedagen, Ingmar Bergman! by Dr. Wesley Boozer

July 14, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oscar-winning Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman, considered by many to be the greatest filmmaker in history. From his austere childhood in Uppsala to his legendary success in filmdom, we will explore the life and career of this profoundly influential Swedish auteur. The 2018 Jamestown Scandinavian Folk Festival is pleased to join the 100-year-jubilee celebration throughout and around the entire world. Dr. Boozer is Professor of English at Hodges University in Naples Florida.

2-2:50 PM: Simply Swedish – An Introduction by Jeffrey Kroon

Jeffrey Kroon

Jeffrey Kroon holds an academic degree in English and has studied and traveled extensively in Sweden. He has taught Swedish language classes at Jamestown Community College since 1985. This is an introductory level sampling of Swedish greetings, common phrases and everyday vocabulary presented in an informal and interactive session that will have participants feeling and sounding Swedish! Absolutely no prior Swedish language study or knowledge is required.

2-2:50 PM: (in the Main Tent) Swedish American in the 21st Century by Ulf Mårtensson

Ulf Martensson

Membership in most Scandinavian organizations is going down while the average age of membership is going up… organizations dwindle and disappear. Coffee and cake, "fika" in a designated spot at a certain time is no longer enough. We do owe it to the next generation to adapt to changing times and yet, preserve the values and the traditions that mean something to us. Are there ways to engage new members and reverse the trend? Ulf Barslund Mårtensson, is a Swedish immigrant and proud citizen of the United States, Editor & Publisher at Nordstjernan, the classic Swedish newspaper of American.




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