This year's Minnesota day celebration was held on August 14 and took place as usual in Ljuder Church in in Lessebo municipality in Småland .The area is known for being the home area of swedish author Vilhelm Moberg's and the setting for his novel series (The Emigrants) about the of the first significant wave of immigration to the United States in the 1840thies and 1850thies.
The opening speach was held by the municipality manager in Lessebo Christina Nyquist.
|photo: Gunilla Grügiel|
This year's Honorary speaker was retired bishop of Växjö Jan-Olof Johansson, He spoke on the subject "Always on the run" which he compared the migration flows past and present.
The Swedish-American of the Year Nils Lofgren with roots in the province of Värmland was presented by the Grand Lodge Deputy of the Vasa Order of America Catherine Bringselius-Nilsson.
Nils Lofgren has become known as an outstanding musician and guitarist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
Guests were sounding the handbell ensemble Strikepoint from from Duluth in northern Minnesota.They have toured worldwide and now they entertained the the audience in Ljuders church with several beautiful melodies with their bells of different sizes.
|Gunilla Grügiel (left) Monika Banas(right)|
Another faithful visitor to to the Minnesotaday and other Swedish-American events was Carl Boberg who brougt greetings from his hometown Nisswa in nothern Minnesota .
Last but not least was the Swedish Emigrant Institute's first director Professor Ulf Beijbom present along with his wife, textileartist Viola Kristiansson.