Monday, March 11, 2013

A trip to the American Swedish Institute

This quote caught my attention on a recent trip to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN.  I certainly find myself thinking the same thing, of course.  What an interesting trip, and enjoyable day with two of my best friends! (Also, of Scandinavian decent :)  The mansion was a former home of Swan, Christina and Lillian Turnblad.  Swan and Christina were immigrants from Sweden.  Swan became the owner of the largest Swedish language newspaper in the U.S., the "Svenska Amerikanska Posten."  They built this home in 1908.  The home is in amazing condition--eleven ornate Swedish stoves, stained-glass windows, wool rugs, gorgeous woodwork and intricate plaster details.
We had the most delicious lunch at Fika (the cafe).  Amazing fresh salads, soups, and open face sandwiches (smorga).  Of course we had dessert!!
The hallways of the mansion are lined with beautiful paintings.  Here is one by Axel Lindahl...

spectacular weavings.....
and interesting photos of people from the past.  I would love to know who these nurses were and what their
lives were like.