Archive for the ‘New Sweden’ Category

Grange unit dissolved at New Sweden 1966

April 27, 2011

Reported on March 4, 1966 by the Bangor Daily News (from the archived files of charlotte Lenentine Melving):

Grange met for the final session on Saturday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Nelson. Unanimous vote was recorded for the dissolvement of New Sweden Grange No. 315 and surrender of the grange charter due to lack of member attendance.
Approximately 100 members from Stockholm, Woodland, Westmanland and New Sweden are on the Grange roster with a high of 150 members, registered in previous years.
Youngest master to serve was Forrest Nelson at age 16.
Only three women served as Master’s: Alice Nelson, Mrs. Madge Nelson, Mrs. Beatrice Farrington
Any granger in good standing and on the grange membership may apply to the secretary, Mrs. Charles Hicks for a demit, to join another grange. The Grange Hall, located on a town lot which was formerly the Capitol School has automatically reverted to the town, an agreement at the time of purchase.

Midsummer’s 1892 in New Sweden

April 23, 2011

Noted in the local Caribou, Maine newspaper Aroostook Republican, June 29, 1892 (from the archived files of historian and researcher Charlotte Lenentine Melvin):

Midsummer’s Day was celebrated with Sunday School picnics by the churches in New Sweden in the “Grove.” Entertainment was provided.

Acadian Village Displays Railroad Building from New Sweden

April 22, 2011

If you would like to see an original railroad building that once was located in New Sweden, then head for the Acadian Village in Van Buren, Maine this summer.

Here is the description from the Acadian Village website where you can also see a photograph of the building:

“The building was donated by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. This building was used at one time as a car house and to store equipment in New Sweden. The entrance door is wide for the purpose of bringing in the large mail and baggage cart or motor cart. The motor car on the track in front replaced the hand car to check sections of tracks from one station or section house to another. In the beginning there was one in every town.”

Old Maine Swedish Farms

April 16, 2011

Old Maine Swedish Farms

It is sad to say but true. The Swedish language is slowly dying here in Maine Swedish Colony. Local filmmakers Brenda and Alan Jepson have recently released their lastest DVD which chronicles the importance of the Swedish language to the culture of the community. Several Swedish speakers are interviewed, including Floyd Jepson and Edmund Anderson, both no longer with us. Another interviewee is Lewis Peterson.

Dan Olson, narrator and language consultant for the film, conducts personal conversations with  local people in Swedish. The focus of the interviews centers on living on the farms in the old days and what life entailed in those times.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) recently aired an interview with the filmmakers. Follow the link to read the transcription and to listen to the rich audio which includes Swedish music, the Swedish interviews, and English translations.

Crown of Maine Productions offers the opportunity to own your own copy of “Old Maine Swedish Farms.”

A New Sweden Home

January 11, 2011

The only identification given is “a New Sweden home,” which is written on the back of the photograph.

Midsommar Memories at the Winter Solstice

December 15, 2010

Sometimes a bit of summer seems to be needed. As we approach the darkest and shortest day of the year, maybe remembering the sweet golden days of Midsommar would be nice for a few moments. Check out “The Places You Never Knew Existed. . . Midsommar in New Sweden.”

Be sure to view the photo gallery!

Midsommar blooma

Midsommar blooma

Lucia

December 13, 2010

Lucia is celebrated tomorrow in New Sweden, Maine at the elementary school at 6:30 as  has been the tradition for many years.

Around the world many versions of Lucia will take place.

In Helsinki, Finland the elected Lucia will descend the steep steps and ride in a beautiful carriage through the city streets in a parade.

In British Columbia, Canada students of the Scandinavian and Nordic Cultural Association present their version.

A youtube clip from Sweden in 2002 shares the young girls singing Santa Lucia.

In Mora, Sweden the Saint Lucia procession arrives at the old church in a horse-drawn sleigh.

Even New Zealand celebrates Lucia!

Wordless Wednesday: Founder of New Sweden, ME

July 8, 2009
W. W. Thomas Jr, about age 45-50 in Stockholm, Sweden

W. W. Thomas Jr, about age 45-50 in Stockholm, Sweden

A Letter From America

July 1, 2009

I stumbled upon this tale of a family that visited New Sweden, Maine to attend the Midsommar twenty-eight years ago. Some things have not changed too much.

It is written in Swedish and in English so you can see both versions.

Remembering David Anderson

June 27, 2009

David Anderson worked to preserve the Swedish culture and heritage in New Sweden, Maine.

Obituary of David G. Anderson

New Sweden—David G. Anderson, 63, husband of the late Edwina (Jacobson) Anderson, died unexpectedly April 30, 2001, at Caribou. He was born in Westfield, Mass., May 22 1937, the son of Walter David and Marion (Bean) Anderson.
Mr. Anderson earned his BA from North Park University in Chicago and his master’s degree from the University of Hartford. He helped students learn in Suffield, Conn., Lenoxville, Quebec, and New Sweden schools. David lived in the country of Sweden for two years before he became a resident of New Sweden, where he worked to preserve the colony’s ethnic heritage. He was a past president of the New Sweden Historical Society and was also a past council member of the New Sweden Covenant Church. After his1990 retirement, David enjoyed his work with Literacy Volunteers of America and his winters in Venice, Fla. Mr. Anderson’s interests included Swedish-Americana, Quebec’s eastern townships, the back roads of Europe and the restoration of old homes.
He was predeceased by his dear wife, Edwina (Jacobson) Anderson in 1998. He is survived by a special cousin, Ann Herz of Grantham, N. H.; several other cousins, aunts, nieces, and nephews.
A service of Thanksgiving to God for David’s life will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2001, from the New Sweden Covenant Chrch with the Rev. Shelly Timber, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Westmanland Cemetery at a later date. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mr. Anderson may do so through the Edwina and David Anderson Award Fund, care of New Sweden Historical Society. Envelopes will be available at the church or through the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou 04736.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.