Breakfast is SOLD OUT!
Arrive at 12pm for the free Author Talk by Ken Schoon
SOLD OUT - Adults $9.95, Kids 3-12 $7.95
Join Dunes Learning Center for a fun family event! We will celebrate the season with Swedish pancakes and lingonberry syrup, as well as traditional pancakes and maple syrup. Enjoy folk musical and seasonal Swedish fun, including the Santa Lucia tradition.
Local author and historian Ken Schoon will speak at 12pm about his new book, Swedish Settlements on the South Shore of Lake Michigan.
After you eat, head over to Chellberg Farm to see the animals, tour the farmhouse, and enjoy the "Holiday Traditions in the Dunes" program.
About Swedish Settlements on the South Shore of Lake Michigan:
Immigrants from Sweden were the first non-English speaking people to move into the Indiana Dunes region and establish settlements. Their legacy can be seen today.
This program, and its accompanying book, note that these Swedes established more than a dozen local churches, most of which are still active today. They built homes out of logs, lumber, and bricks, cleared and farmed the land, worked for the railroads and the brick factories, and established businesses, some of which are still in business today. Several of the early Swedes served in the Union army in the Civil War. Nearly all got American citizenship, and some were elected to political office.
The fourth of July was widely celebrated, but so were Swedish traditions at Midsummer and the Christmas season. Today descendants of Swedes still learn Swedish songs and dances and celebrate the traditions of their forebears. Even non-Swedes know about Vikings and may eat Swedish meatballs. Smörgåsbord has become an American word—though to Swedes it has slightly different meaning. Swedes and their descendants have helped build the Calumet Area. The book and this program illustrate a colorful heritage.
For those who would like one, the book, Swedish Settlements on the South Shore of Lake Michigan, will be available for purchase at the special price of $30.
Ken Schoon, the author, is not descended from Swedes, but he is married to the granddaughter of Swedish immigrants. His earlier works about the Dunes include Calumet Beginnings, Dreams of Duneland, and Shifting Sands, all published by Indiana University Press, and City Trees published by Stackpole Books
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