Event Name: Afternoons at ASI: Swedish Americans in Cuba

Date: Apr 11, 2018
Start Time: 01:00 pm
End Time: 02:00 pm
Event Type:
Cost: $5-10
Address: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis
Event Website: https://www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/afternoons-asi-swedish-americans-cuba
Contact Email: [email protected]

Afternoons at ASI
Held the second Wednesday of each month from 1 – 2 p.m. in Paulson Hall
ASI’s afternoon series invites artists, experts and other fascinating folk to share their knowledge and insight in fellowship with the community. A new topic is explored in every session. Please join us!

Wednesday, March 14: Treasures from ASI’s Glass Collection

Discover “The Kingdom of Crystal” with Andrea Blum, Minnesota artist and historian, who will share her knowledge on the diverse art of Scandinavian glass using ASI’s own collection. She will explain the techniques of glass blowing and glass cutting along with an overview of the Swedish glass traditions, which date back to the mid-1600s and continue to this day.
Wednesday, April 11: Swedish Americans in Cuba

In 1904, a doctor from Minneapolis bought land in eastern Cuba and urged fellow Swedish-American farmers to trade their overcoats and marginal land for short sleeves and a tropical paradise. Enough emigrated that there was a viable Swedish-American settlement for 20 years in Cuba. Most returned to the United States, and some of their descendants were invited to participate in a 110th anniversary celebration in December 2017. Marilyn McGriff will give a presentation on “Minnesota Swedes Raising Cane,” detailing historic perspectives and contemporary reflections on the influence of the hard-working Northerners, including images of her recent trip to Cuba.

Included in museum admission ($10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students, free for ages 5 and under). No advanced registration required.

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