Sponsored by the American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation
Observe colorful, authentic vintage folk costumes from their native countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland & Lappland. Scandinavian Folk costumes were specific for particular parishes and demonstrate the distinct social class of its wearer. This is one of the most extensive folkdrakt exhibits in this country. The 2018 exhibit features three adult and several children's costumes, completely new to this collection.
Genealogy Help Table
Volunteer genealogists from the Fenton History Center will be at this exhibit to help you find your ancestors! It’s easier than you think! They will explain resources available. This exhibit will also display information about the Fenton History Center.
Carl Larsson prints will be displayed throughout the exhibit area. These beloved paintings depict the turn of the century period of time from which the most Swedish emigrants came to America and therefore are very cherished remembrances of life back in the homeland.
A continuous running film will explain Swedish baking from scratch. Artifacts and photos of the early days of this Jamestown institution will be displayed.
Thule Lodge and American Scandinavian Historical Foundation (ASHF)
Items of interest from these local Scandinavian Fraternal organizations will be on display.
Johnson Oil Paintings
Albert Johnson oil paintings will be on display in the Folkdrakt room, along with information about this talented local Jamestown artist.
Vikings in Ukraine
David and Kim Plato from Toronto, Canada recently visited Viking settlements in the Ukraine. At the Festival they will have a photo exhibit from the graves at the National Sanctuary of Ancient Chernihiv. This site includes pictures from the graves looking down on the Desna River. This river also like the Dneiper was a trade route used by the Vikings. There are also pictures of Kiev of the Dnieper but anything viking age was wooden and since destroyed by time or when the Mongols pushed across Kiev. In the Kiev area they visited an authentic wooden fortress called Kievan Rus village. This is what Kiev looked like in 10th century during the time of the Vikings. On display was a reproduction Viking River boat copied from one's found in the area during excavations. These boats are much smaller than the ocean ones as they carried men and goods. The rivers are shallow in this area.
Included will be maps of the trade routes from Sweden to the Mediterranean through Russia and Ukraine. Some historical articles about the Swedish Vikings written by Arab traders from this period will also be on display.
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