Images taken through the 'midwest' United States to visually preserve Scandinavian-American culture, sponsored by a National Geographic Early Career Grant.
Santa Lucia from the Chicago Cultural Center, The Swedish American Museum, and Swedish service at Ebenezer Lutheran Church.
The original Lucia was canonized by the church for bringing food to Christians hiding in the 4th century catacombs of Italy, lighting the path before her with candles on top of her head. Lucia is now remembered every winter solstice and celebrates the beginning of the Christmas season.
A Norwegian-American family in Decorah, Iowa tending to their sheep and Norwegian Fjord Horses, carrying on the tradition of making lefse as a family in their immigrant family's farmstead.
Midsommar Celebrations in Lindsborg, Kansas