Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Minnesota Day and the Karl Oskar Days 7-9 Aug

This years Karl- Oskar Days were held 7-8 August. Not that the celebration to the original intent to celebrate the memory of the emigration of the many Swedes to USA 1850-1930 wich author Vilhelm Moberg captured in his Immigrant novels about the Fictional couple Karl-Oskar and Kristina.
Today the Karl -Oskar Days seems more to be an ordinary city-festival with street-vendors ,music and entertainment.

The churches in Växjö had their own activity together consisting of handing out small Bibles (over 1000)and serving waffles with cream and Rasberry jam .

The Friends of the Swedish Emigrant Institute
held their yearly meeting on Aug 8 th at the Swedish Emigrant Institute. Among the speakers were chairman Ulf Beijbom and a lecture about the Swedish Emigrant Institutes place in contemporary migration research wa held by the chairman of the Swedish Emigrant Institute Harald Runblom.

The Minnesota Day celebration was held as usual
the Second Sunday in August.This Year on Aug 9th. at the Swedish Emigrant Institute Among other entertainment, The Växjö Male choir sang traditional Swedish songs.

This Years Honorary Speaker was the former Speaker of the Swedish Parlament Tage G Petersson. The Award The Swedish-American of the Year was given as usual by The Vasa order of America's Swedish branch to Anne- Charlotte Harvey for her work documenting Swedish-American entainment history.

This Years Charlotta medal was given to Willy Läth for his work in helping the Swedish Emigrant institute to produce its exibitions.

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