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The Magic of Lucia at Gammelgården Museum

This is a video blog of our tradition of Lucia Dagen at the museum. This is one of the festivals that attracts visitors to our valley from all over our state! It is held each December on the Sunday that falls closest to December 13, actual Swedish St Lucia Day.

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Saving the Valley School, built in 1852 in south Washington County

The Valley School District 34 was built in 1852 in what was the lumbering town of Point Douglas, at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers in south Washington County, Minnesota. In January 2012 a small 501(c)3 organization called the Denmark Township Historical Society, signed a contract to save the school. The price […]

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Linn family

The Carl and Lena Kajsa Linn House (a.k.a. The Karl Oskar House)

When Cousin Ken came to visit us from Texas, his special request was to visit the Karl Oskar House, affectionately known as Nya Duvemala. Ken had a special interest in Swedish immigration to the US, not only because of his ancestry, but also because he had read Vilhelm Moberg’s books on Swedish immigration to Chisago […]

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Gammelgården Museum celebrates America’s immigrant story

Gammelgården Museum, located at the bottom of the hill in the town of Scandia, runs primarily on an amazing corps of volunteers and is owned, but not funded, by Elim Church. Its 5 historic buildings tell the story of immigrant life in Minnesota from 1850 to 1880. Although the settlers in Scandia were primarily Swedish, […]

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Kinnickinnic Church

Kinnickinnic Church

The little clapboard church in Kinnickinnic went up shortly after the Civil War when Ulysses S. Grant was president. Built for $2,000, it opened in December 1868 and was shared by the area’s Methodists and Congregationalists for services on alternate Sundays. The Methodist design included pews with a divider down the middle keeping men and […]

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Canoe: Explore the Legacy in Spooner

When Sieur du Lhut, the first European known to have visited the valley of the St. Croix, arrived here in 1679, he would certainly not have been surprised to discover a native culture dominated by the birch bark canoe. After all, he came from the north, traveling all the way from Montreal, through wind and […]

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Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake

Very few places enjoy a history so representative of this region. Come to Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake to find out how so much history can be encompassed in natural beauty. The land where the park is now located was inhabited by the Dakotas of the Sioux Nation followed by the Chippewa of the Ojibwa […]

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Afton Fourth of July parade

The little town of Afton has a very popular July 4th parade every year. Anybody can enter, which makes for a pretty eclectic mix of floats and groups. For spectators, the great thing is you get two chances to see the parade from anywhere on the route. Because of Afton’s small downtown, the parade simply […]

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Henry Lewis paintings

Henry Lewis did several paintings along the rivers in Minnesota in the mid 1800s. 2 of which concern the St. Croix – Gorge of the St. Croix and Cheevers Mill on the St. Croix – both painted in 1847. They can be found at the Minneapolis Institue of Arts and on their website at artsmia.org.

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