From Cinnamon Buns to Viking Runes



The Vikings Begin … to End

See it now! Only on view through Sunday, October 27

Women warriors, expert craftspeople, innovative traders – the Vikings were more than the stereotypical image of marauding invaders. The Vikings Begin exhibition at the American Swedish Institute informs us about early Viking society through a collection of centuries-old artifacts combined with cutting-edge research, and it will only be here for one more month. If you haven’t seen it yet, or want to experience it again, visit ASI before the exhibition closes on October 27.

Discover more about runes and Viking society with fascinating programming:

Henrik Williams: “The Vikings Begin … with Runes”
Friday, September 27, 6:30 p.m.
Learn about runic items from around the world with Henrik Williams, an authority in Old Norse languages and a Professor of Scandinavian Languages at Sweden’s Uppsala University.

$10 ASI members / $15 non-members. More info and registration.

Viking University Day II
Saturday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This morning of lectures by some of the world’s foremost experts focuses on aspects of Viking-Age society that expand beyond the exhibition, including real people in the Viking Age, Old Norse sagas, archaeology and the Vikings in North America. Click here for the list of presenters and the subjects of their talks.
$50 ASI members / $60 non-members / $15 students. Register here.

Benjamin Teitelbaum: “White Gods: Vikings in the Far-Right Imagination”
Saturday, October 26, 3-4 p.m.

Dr. Benjamin Teitelbaum’s research focuses on contemporary radical nationalism, and he will share how certain groups have co-opted and twisted Viking mythology and symbolism.

$10 ASI members / $15 non-members. More info and registration.

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Also on View
Engaging exhibitions through October 27

Safeguard: Plants, Process and Regeneration
Explore the connection between people, places and plants in the work of three local artists – Lisa Philander, Jess Hirsch and Julie Reneé Benda – and join them for an activation of the exhibition on October 5.

Garrison Ceramics Collection
View pieces of mid-century Scandinavian ceramics from a mix of well-known artists.

Vikings Museum
Skål (Skol) to the MN Vikings football team in a pop-up exhibition with items from the Eagan museum’s collection.

All exhibitions are included in the price of ASI admission.

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Nordic Handcraft Workshops

The weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, so why not cozy up with a craft class? From working with wood to felting pillows, there are plenty of opportunities at ASI to learn new skills, perfect existing ones and connect with like-minded makers. We also have drop-in community craft sessions where you can bring your own works-in-progress for a productive morning or evening.

Click here to view all of our Nordic Handcraft Workshops.

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Language & Culture

Swedish Genealogy Weekend
Saturday, Sept. 28 & Sun, Sept. 29
SwedGen, a group of Swedish genealogists, will be at ASI this weekend to give talks and conduct individual research sessions to help you discover your Swedish ancestors. Sign up now (it’s not too late!) for group lectures on Sunday and call 612-871-4907 to register for private sessions on Saturday.

Introduction to Swedish
Sunday, Oct. 13, 3-5 p.m.
This 2-hour class will give you an overview of the Swedish language – learn some phrases and pick up basic grammar.
$15 ASI members / $18 non-members. Register here.

Teen TräffKanelbullens Dag
Sunday, October 13, 2-4 p.m.
This new activity group is for teens interested in Swedish culture. Sign up with a friend and spend a Sunday afternoon baking cinnamon buns!
$10 ASI members / $15 non-members. Register here.

Swedish speakers should also check out the once-a-month Språkstugan program.

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Swede Hollow Events with Ola Larsmo
Ola Larsmo’s award-winning novel Swede Hollow was published in Sweden in 2016 and recently translated into English. We’re excited to welcome the author to ASI on October 9 for the Minneapolis launch of his book’s English version, published by the University of Minnesota Press!

Afternoons at ASI: Ola Larsmo

Wednesday, October 9, 1-2 p.m.

This month’s program includes a talk by Ola Larsmo.

Included in museum admission.

Swede Hollow Book Launch

Wednesday, October 9, 7 p.m.

Hear a talk and reading by Ola Larsmo, followed by a Q&A, reception and book signing. Also included is a performance of an aria from Ann Millikan’s opera, Swede Hollow, by Lukas Jaeger and accompanied by the Mill City String Quartet.

$15 ASI members / $20 non-members. Register here.

Copies of Swede Hollow can be purchased in the ASI Museum Store.

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Youth & Family
Crafts, play dates & more for all ages

Kanelbullens Dag Preschool Program
Friday, October 4, 10-11:30 a.m.
This month’s adult/child program coincides with the “Swedest” day of the year – Cinnamon Bun Day, or Kanelbullens Dag! Children ages 3-5 and their important adults will celebrate this beloved pastry and utilize all five senses.
$15 ASI member youth / $20 non-members / adults free (limit 2 adults per child). Register here.

Starting with Slöjd: Fall Mobiles
Sunday, October 13, 1-2 p.m.
A monthly craft program for the younger set! In October, kids in grades K-3 can make fall-themed mobiles out of grapevine leaves and found objects.
$10 ASI member youth / $15 non-member youth.Register here.

Nordic Handcraft Workshop: Improvisational Hand Quilting, Intergenerational Edition
Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Learn the basics of hand quilting and some guidelines to create an “arrangement” for a unique patchwork top. This class, held over MEA weekend, is especially designed for intergenerational pairs or groups – a great activity for youth ages 13+ and their important adults to work side-by-side while learning something new.
More details about the class, including pricing and registration links.

Kids at the Caste: Things That Go Bump in The Night
Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19, 9-10 a.m.
This action-packed kids and family creative playtime is inspired by the season and encourages adventurous young minds with storytime and activities including a flashlight seek-and-find through the Turnblad Mansion.
$8 per family; no registration required.

Babies at the Castle
Friday, October 25, 9:15-10 a.m.
It’s the last chance to carry your baby (up to 15 months) through The Vikings Begin exhibition. Stay after the tour for sensory play and visit the Family Gallery.

$15 for caregiver and baby / $10 for one additional adult. Register here.

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The Holidays Are Coming to ASI

Register now for the following programs to experience the magic of the season:

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Cinnamon Bun Day at FIKA
Friday, October 4

It’s the “Swedest” day of the year! Celebrate Kanelbullens Dag, or Cinnamon Bun Day, with a freshly baked cinnamon/cardamom roll from FIKA. These beloved pastries will be available for purchase beginning at 8:30 a.m. until supplies last.

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Happy Gnome Notes

At the ASI Museum Store

Correspond with cute cards from local illustrator Kristen Sevig. The notecards come in 4 designs with 2 of each included in the package (plus envelopes). Printed in St. Paul on 100% recycled paper.

Please note: The ASI Museum Store will be closed on Tuesday, October 1, for inventory.


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