Kicking off a week at National Geographic Headquarters with high school students from all over the world learning Impact Storytelling on a National Geographic Student Expedition Workshop here in D.C.! #natgeostudentexpeditions@natgeoexpeditions
Kajsa Anderson adjusts her mother Helene Anderson’s flower crown during their Midsummers party this weekend in #DoorCounty#Wisconsin
Midsummer in #Lindsborg, #Kansas.
These small Scandinavian towns across the United States are almost stuck in time when it comes to remembering their immigrant family’s past. They don’t know modern-day Sweden, so instead they hold on to what their family members taught them and showed them through photographs about what home was like back in Sweden. Lindbsorg students are also required to have Swedish costumes to preform in any Swedish ceremony, like the Swedish dance group, and can go to the school’s ‘costume bank’ where they can put together a costume for free, and with the help of seamstress volunteers fit into any of the donated costumes. Every high school student that signs the 4-year contract to be a part of the dance group will also have the opportunity to take a trip to Sweden to preform and travel - an incredible way to keep the younger generation of Lindsborg Kansas attached to their heritage and Swedish-American culture.
Thank you @visitlindsborg for welcoming me into your community for the weekend and continuing the preservation of these amazing Swedish traditions!
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’. During this weekend’s celebrations of Midsummer, Swedish-American families across the U.S. are immersing themselves in all things Swedish; including wearing traditional costumes and dancing around the Midsummers pole in an effort to carry on these community traditions through the generations. #Midsummer#Midsommar#ScandinavianAmerican@scandinavianamerican
Had a pretty moving and humbling experience tonight visiting the dugout earth homes of the first Swedish settlers here in the American Midwest. Swipe to see the next image of a 2nd dugout which provided a family of three with shelter- now hidden and protected on private farmland. The first dugout shown is unique in that it never had a roof- the family turned over their wagon and used that instead, sheltering themselves and 7 children from the harsh winters and summers on the Kansas prairie. @scandinavianamerican#Lindsborg#Kansas#scandinavianamerican