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Images taken through the 'midwest' United States to visually preserve Scandinavian-American culture, sponsored by a National Geographic Early Career Grant. 

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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.

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Midsommar Celebrations in Lindsborg, Kansas

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Norwegian family home in Ephraim, Door County, Wisconsin. The building was moved over from Stavanger, Norway in 1965 with paintings and rosemaling done by Norwegian artist Sigmund Aarseth. 

 Lake Life Culture: Bathing off the coast of Wisconsin’s Washington Island in Lake Michigan

Lake Life Culture: Bathing off the coast of Wisconsin’s Washington Island in Lake Michigan

 Brit and Per Oyvind travel from Hardanger, Norway to teach and present Springar dance classes from the Hardanger region of Norway to the 2018 Hardanger Fiddle Music and Dance Workshop in Dodgeville, WI.

Brit and Per Oyvind travel from Hardanger, Norway to teach and present Springar dance classes from the Hardanger region of Norway to the 2018 Hardanger Fiddle Music and Dance Workshop in Dodgeville, WI.

 Multi-generational and cultural family braids each others hair in preparations for Washington Island Scandinavian Fest in Door County, WI

Multi-generational and cultural family braids each others hair in preparations for Washington Island Scandinavian Fest in Door County, WI

 Shirley Malm personalized a decorative Dala Horse in a Swedish American gift shop, Hemslojd) based in Lindsborg Kansas, the largest retailer of Dala horses outside of Sweden.

Shirley Malm personalized a decorative Dala Horse in a Swedish American gift shop, Hemslojd) based in Lindsborg Kansas, the largest retailer of Dala horses outside of Sweden.

A Decorah, Iowa community celebrates the end of the holidays around their family's original Norwegian homestead singing the last of the carols and drinking warm Wassail (Old Norse "ves heil")

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 Swedish-American children look in on a replica portraying a Traditional Swedish 'Stuga', or cottage, informed by the villages of Sweden previous to the emigration to 'Nord Amerika".

Swedish-American children look in on a replica portraying a Traditional Swedish 'Stuga', or cottage, informed by the villages of Sweden previous to the emigration to 'Nord Amerika".

 Rising 8th graders at Nordic Fest in Decorah Iowa.

Rising 8th graders at Nordic Fest in Decorah Iowa.

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 Decorah’s high school Nordic Dancers.

Decorah’s high school Nordic Dancers.

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 Two young college students home for the summer enjoying Lake Michigan's White Fish Dunes in Door County, Wisconsin.

Scandinavian influences around Lake Michigan and Door County, WI

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Fresh water White-Fishing off the coast of Wisconsin on the Green Bay - operated by charlie henricksen, son of chicago-swedish immigrant parents.

 Aerial photo of Lindstrom on their water tower in the form of a Swedish Tea Pot.
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 612 Sauna Society
 612 Sauna Society

A Swedish themed Bed & Breakfast near Lindström Minnesota decorated for St. Luccia's Day

 Host, Sally, prepares a Swedish inspired breakfast for her guests complete with old world Swedish Egg Coffee and a table setting celebrating St. Luccia Day. She runs this bed and breakfast in the home she grew up in, an original immigrant farm house from 1948. She is a self-proclaimed pilar in the Swedish community, very involved in the county, and inspired to continue her family's Swedish traditions. Owner of the BnB, she also guides tours in the Chisago area focused on Swedish history, as well as guides tours to Sweden. Swedish speaker.
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 Host, Sally, prepares a Swedish inspired breakfast for her guests complete with old world Swedish Egg Coffee and a table setting celebrating St. Luccia Day. She runs this bed and breakfast in the home she grew up in, an original immigrant farm house from 1948. She is a self-proclaimed pilar in the Swedish community, very involved in the county, and inspired to continue her family's Swedish traditions. Owner of the BnB, she also guides tours in the Chisago area focused on Swedish history, as well as guides tours to Sweden. Swedish speaker.

Harley Refsal carves traditional Norwegian wood carvings in a Decorah bakery. Harley is knighted by the King of Norway for bringing the hand-craft back to Norway by teaching the craft in the  Norwegian language back in its country of origin. 

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 Norwegian Sweaters
 Norwegian Sweaters
 Norwegian Sweaters
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