Sponsored by the American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation
- OUR SIXTEENTH ANNUAL -
July 21, 22, 23, 2017
Gerry Rodeo Grounds, Gerry NY


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Lectures


Scandinavian Folk Festival Lecture Series and Exhibits

The major purpose of the Scandinavian Festival to be held July 21, 22 and 23, 2017 at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds is to preserve the rich heritage of the many Nordic immigrants who settled in this region in the last half of the 19th C. and the first half of the 20th C. The Festival honors the heritage of Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish immigrants by celebrating their customs, their music and dance, their ethnic food and their unique handcrafts.

The lecture series contributes to preserving this rich Scandinavian heritage by offering opportunities to learn about the Vikings in North America, as well as Nordic contributions to the worlds of art, architecture, literature and film. One can learn about Swedish language, their unique folk costumes in life size, as well as on miniature dolls and how to search family genealogy. Such cultural influences as ethnic food will be explored in the panel on former and present neighborhood Swedish Bakeries of Jamestown. Don Sandy will explain why and how the Jamestown region became so Swedish.


Friday, July 21, 2017

4-4:50: Simply Swedish – An Introduction by 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.

5-5:50: Virtual Tour of a Historic Stockholm Castle by Michael Lindner

Michael Lindner is a researcher/architect/modeler from Columbus Ohio, where he is also Vice President of the Scandinavian Club. The actual remains, historic sources, and legacy elements of the Renaissance Castle Tre Kronor that burned down in 1697 will be revealed. The audience will experience a virtual tour of the castle, learn about its history, and its grandeur through images of peer castles that remain today. This is a unique and one-of-a-kind experience that has not been replicated to this level of authenticity anywhere.

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

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. Franson grew up in Jamestown, and like so many others left to see what the rest of the world has to offer. A book signing will follow.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

12 noon-12:50: Scandinavian Folk Costumes (Folkdrakt) by Sonja Pascatore and Dr. Julie Boozer

Scandinavia's unique and authentic folk costumes speak to the richness of their culture through their vivid color combinations, their intricate embroidery, their artistic patterns and flowing lines. Centuries ago, each Scandinavian Parish and Province in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden had their own individual costume, displaying distinctive local characteristics. Men's and women's folkdrakt clearly identified their residential area and their social class. There will be consideration of how to research your own ancestral folkdrakt and begin to assemble your own folk costume.

1:00-1:50: Vintage/Antique Dolls by Kate Reed

Kate Reed is a founding member of the Kinzua Country Dollers Club, a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs where she has served in many capacities, currently as the classroom education chairman and a member of the Doll Collectors of America, the oldest antique doll club in the USA. She is a UFDC certified national judge of antique dolls. Antique dolls dating from the mid-1800s though vintage dolls of the 20th century will be discussed, including the variety of dolls created in Scandinavia by Röstrand. Gustavsberg, Charlotte Weibull and Ronnaug Petterssen. Wood, china, bisque and cloth were some of the materials used in making these dolls. Attendees are encouraged to bring dolls of their own about which they may want to learn more after the lecture.

2-2:50: Searching Genealogy by Karen Livsey

Learn how to find your ancestors from the archivist at the Fenton History Center in Jamestown, who will explain the resources available locally, as well as those available on the Internet. How to get started finding your family roots and where to find help in your search will be emphasized. Karen Livesy holds an M.L.S. degree and has extensive experience in genealogic research. She has contributed to books and articles on this topic and has lectured at regional and national conferences.

3 -3:50: Swedish Sirens by Dr. Wesley Boozer, Professor of English at Hodges University in Florida.

Sweden has given the world some of the greatest femme fatales of the silver screen. This talk will explore the heritage of such Hollywood icons as Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Uma Thurman, Anita Ekberg, Nomi Rapace and, of course, the Swedish Sphinx herself, Greta Garbo.

4 - 4:50: Why and How Did Northwestern, PA and Southwestern, NY Become Swedish? by Donald Sandy

With all the available land in the United States, why did Northwestern, PA and Southwestern, NY become a major destination for Swedish immigrants from 1846 to the 1920s. The facts of how two young girls born in Sweden founded a Swedish settlement in the United States will be presented. Photos of their homeland in Sweden will be compared to the local area. The presentation is based on extensive research both in Sweden and the United States. Donald Sandy recently presented this program at the Museum of Emigration in Kisa, Sweden where he thanked the people of Östergötland for making this area Swedish. Along with co-author John Evert Jones and Jennifer Raines, the facts were recently published in an article in "The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly" where they received an award for the most outstanding article by new authors.

5-5:50: Simply Swedish – An Introduction by 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.

6-6:50: Jamestown's Neighborhood Swedish Bakeries by Richard and Chad Eckloff and Skip Axelson

The colorful stories will be shared from years of owning, operating or working in family-owned Swedish Bakeries in Jamestown. Come to hear these popular story tellers discuss their rich and humorous experiences in Jamestown's Swedish bakeries in the past, as well as in today's world.

7-7:50: Swedish Castles that Exist Today by Michael Lindner

Michael Lindner is a researcher/architect/modeler from Columbus Ohio, where he is also Vice President of the Scandinavian Club. Join us for a travel through time and space as we explore the many castles and fortresses throughout the Swedish kingdom. Learn about the history and importance of these monuments that remain in today's Sweden, whether ruins, royal homes, or art galleries.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

11- 11:50: Medieval and Rare Musical Instruments of Sweden by Tants Muziky

Besides performing at the Festival, the musicians of Tants Muziky will share the music of medieval Scandinavia and demonstrate more exotic Scandinavian folk instruments such as the Moraharpa, Hardanger fiddle, Kantele, Jouhikko, Talharpa, Humle, Rauschpfeife, Cornamuse, Recorder family, Bombarde, Medieval bagpipe, and Medieval drum.

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

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. Franson grew up in Jamestown, and like so many others left to see what the rest of the world has to offer. A book signing will follow.

1-1:50: Simply Swedish – An Introduction by 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: Virtual Tour of a Historic Stockholm Castle by Michael Lindner

Michael Lindner is a researcher/architect/modeler from Columbus Ohio, where he is also Vice President of the Scandinavian Club. The actual remains, historic sources, and legacy elements of the Renaissance Castle Tre Kronor that burned down in 1697 will be revealed. The audience will experience a virtual tour of the castle, learn about its history, and it's grandeur through images of peer castles that remain today. This is a unique and one-of-a-kind experience that has not been replicated to this level of authenticity anywhere.

3-3:50: Swedish Sirens by Dr. Wesley Boozer

Dr. Wesley Boozer is a Professor of English at Hodges University in Florida. Sweden has given the world some of the greatest femme fatales of the silver screen. This talk will explore the heritage of such Hollywood icons as Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Uma Thurman, Anita Ekberg, Nomi Rapace and, of course, the Swedish Sphinx herself, Greta Garbo.


Displays in the Exhibit Area

Scandinavian Folk Costumes (Folkdrakt)

An exhibition of historic authentic Scandinavian folk costumes will be featured in the Exhibit Area throughout the Festival. Each garment has been hand-crafted and has been imported from a Norwegian, Swedish or Finnish Province or Parish. The exhibit also features colorful resource books and posters. Complete costumes and parts of costumes are labeled to explain their origin from Sami, Swedish, Norwegian or Finnish cultural locations. You might even find an original folk costume from your own ancestor's Parish or Province. This exhibit is coordinated by Diane Strong Grodecki, Sonja Franson Pascatore and Dr. Julie Lindblom Boozer.

Ecklof's, the Neighborhood Swedish Bakery of Jamestown

A display of historic artifacts and photographs about former neighborhood Swedish bakeries of Jamestown. A descriptive PowerPoint about bakery production in a modern local Swedish bakery will be running continuously at this exhibit.

Tre Kronor Castle

Gamla Slottet Tre Kronor Exhibit

Exhibition of a painstakingly accurate model of "Gamla Slottet Tre Kronor", the historic Swedish Royal Castle-Tre Kronor (Three Crowns), which was destroyed by fire in 1697. Almost none of this fortress remains today, but through prints of historic artwork and artifacts, an accurate scale model of this historic wonder of northern- European Renaissance architecture has been created by researcher/architect/modeler Michael Lindner, who will guide visitors through this extraordinary model on exhibition at this year's Festival.

While many tourists enjoy the current royal palace in Stockholm, Sweden, only Swedes are familiar with this previous renaissance castle and its historic fiery destruction in 1697. Almost none of the original fortress Tre Kronor remains, but has been replaced by the baroque Stockholm Palace which exists today. As a clearer representation of Sweden's military power and grandeur throughout history, the beginnings of the castle Tre Kronor date back to the 1200's when it was a mere single tower-keep. Over the centuries, monarchs added to the castle as needs and architectural styles changed. The Renaissance in Sweden coincided with Gustav Vasa and the beginning of the Swedish Empire (Stormaktstiden).

Michael Lindner of Columbus, Ohio, a professional Interior Architect and Vice President of the Scandinavian Club of Columbus, Ohio, will also present a virtual tour of Tre Kronor castle in the lecture series at the Festival.

Carl Larsson Paintings

This is an exhibition of framed paintings of Sweden's beloved painter, Carl Larsson, (1853-1919), who was educated at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm. Larsson is best known today for his depiction of Swedish life at home during the years that most of our Scandinavian ancestors would have known. His wife was Karin Bergöö, an interior designer and they had eight children, who often appear in their father's beloved paintings.

In 1888, the young couple was given a house in Sunborn by Karin's father, which they decorated and furnished in their particular taste and for the needs of their growing family. Carl's paintings have made this one of the most famous artist's homes in the world and it has become a major line in Swedish design. Carl Larsson beloved paintings hang in museums around the world.

Antique/Vintage Dolls

Kate Reed of Warren will display her dolls on Saturday afternoon only. Kate Reed is a founding member of the Kinzua Country Dollers Club, a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs where she has served in many capacities, currently as the classroom education chairman and a member of the Doll Collectors of America, the oldest antique doll club in the USA. She is a UFDC certified national judge of antique dolls.

She is a doll researcher having been privileged to study dolls in many museums and private collections in both the United States and abroad. Her love of antique dolls and their histories fuel her unending search for more information about them. She has written articles for national doll magazines including Antique Doll Collector, Doll Reader and Doll News. She has been repairing dolls for many years and also evaluates collections for estates. Kate believes we are only the caretakers of our collections and wants to preserve our antique dolls for the generations coming after us.





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