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.
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.”
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.”
January 17, 2011
Here’s something that would be fun to have a chance to try out someday soon. Certainly it would be great exercise, unless you are the passenger! Here is the link to the blog with some photos. Kick-sleds are still used in Sweden in the rural areas of the country. If memory serves me, I think there may be an old one in the basement of the New Sweden museum, but it will be spring until the museum is open again to check it out!
January 11, 2011
The only identification given is “a New Sweden home,” which is written on the back of the photograph.
January 7, 2011
Two Swedish Colony artists are featured in downtown Presque Isle, ME at First Friday Downtown Art Walks tonight, Friday evening Jan. 7, 2011. Richard Clark of Perham, owner of Wood’s Edge Gallery, will show his landscapes at Morning Star Art & Framing from 6-8 PM. Alan and Brenda Nasberg Jepson of Crown of Maine Productions are showing their video work across the street at Stew’s Sight and Sound. Refreshments will be served! Several other artists within walking distance will also show new work. FMI on the event see the Facebook page for First Friday Downtown Art Walk
FMI on Jepson’s work see Crown of Maine Productions
December 17, 2010
Here’s a beautiful video of a lovely Lucia celebration.
December 16, 2010
Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss it! MBPN TV will be airing “Christmas Greetings From Aroostook” on December 23, 2010 at 9 pm and also December 25 at 4 pm. Watching this presentation with family and friends has become a tradition in itself. Christmas celebrations in the Swedish colony are highlighted, including Lucia. The music and lights of small towns around the County herald the special ways that various communities mark the holiday season.
Brenda Jepson of Crown of Maine productions has once again brought wonderful images, sounds, and memories to viewers in this heart-warming video.
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!
December 13, 2010
See a slide show of sixty Lucias in Finland, one for each year 1950-2009.