Organizations / Information

American Scandinavian Society of NY/Norwegian Immigration Association


Celebrating the cultural and intellectual ties of Scandinavia and Norwegian immigration.

American Swedish Historical Museum


Nestled in scenic FDR Park in South Philadelphia, the American Swedish Historical Museum was built in 1926 to celebrate Swedish heritage and culture in America. During your visit, you may step inside a 19th century stuga, enjoy an art deco lounge, or immerse yourself in contemporary Swedish design, all while learning about what Swedes and Scandinavians have done in America! In the meantime, stop by our booth at Scan Fest to learn more about our upcoming exhibitions and events at the museum.



ArkivDigital provides online access to Swedish historical records. As of August 2017, the online archive consists of over 70 million newly colored photographed images or about 140 million pages of historical records. 600,000 new images are added monthly. The online archive includes Swedish church books from the earliest times to the mid-20th century, estate inventories similar to probate records, military records, tax registers, passenger ship manifests for persons leaving from Sweden, court records and much more. ArkivDigital is the premier site for the both the Swedish genealogist and historical researcher.

Grand Lodge-VOA-Convention 2022


Vasa Order of America Grand Lodge

Lars & Sven Foundation


The Lars and Sven Foundation has the following goals: Improve the quality of life, promote the arts, health, culture, and well being of the community. Create and operate programs that research, inform, and educate about the early Norse way of life, art, culture, beliefs, and history. Use historical skills and methods, as well as technology, as a medium to be taught. Research and provide activities and education that promote living a healthy lifestyle. To Host and or co-sponsor events and activities. Disseminate information via pamphlets, the Internet, or by holding classes open to the general public.

Leif Ericson Viking Ship, Inc.


Viking history

Nordstjernan Swedish News


Newspaper from Sweden

Norwegian Faering boat


Boat exhibit

Sons of Norway


The largest Norwegian-American organization in the world.

Sparta NJ Renaissance Festival


The Sparta NJ Renaissance Festival is returning this year! It will be held on September 7, 8 and 14, 15 for 2019. The festival takes place at Camp Sacajawea, in Sparta NJ on White Lake Road.

SWEA New Jersey Chapter


SWEA, Swedish Women's Educational Association Inc., is a global non-profit organization for Swedish speaking women who live or have lived abroad. SWEA's objective is to protect the Swedish language, support and inform about our culture and traditions. SWEA supports education through scholarships and various projects with a Swedish connection. SWEA New Jersey Chapter has about 90 members.

The Norwegian Immigration Society, Inc./American Scandinavian Society


The mission of the NIA, Inc. is to document and preserve the rich history of the contributions made by the Norwegian Immigrant Community living in the greater New York area and to make this information readily available to researchers and interested persons in all fields through technology, media, exhibits and educational/cultural events. The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc. (NIA) was established in 1995 as a grass roots effort to celebrate the lives of the Norwegian immigrants who settled in the New York region. By that time, a scant number of Norwegians and their descendants remained in the area. The NIA reached out to all Norwegian-American residents and former residents of New York for funding, artifacts, documents, pictures, etc. to create an exhibit, honoring our heritage. April 26, 2000, the exhibit Norwegians in New York 1825 to 2000: Builders of City, Community and Culture opened at the Ellis Island Museum in New York. Ellis Island curators reported that 2 million visitors passed through the exhibit in six months. Eleven hundred guests attended the opening gala. King Harald and Queen Sonja opened the ceremony and cut the ribbon. The exhibit then traveled to the Norwegian Emigrant Museum in Hamar, Norway. Today, the exhibit can be visited at its permanent home in Heritage Hall in Brooklyn. Since 2000, the NIA has digitized most of the matter on display, is working with the National Library of Norway to digitize and publish Nordisk Tidende online.

VASA ORDER OF AMERICA New Jersey District 6


New Jersey District Lodge No. Six invites you to consider membership in one of our local lodges. NJ Vasa Park, the site of Scanfest, is owned and operated by members of lodges of NJ District Six. Browse our National site, for more information about the organization. View copies of our National, or NJ District, Newsletters to see what we are about. Stop by our information table while you are at the Fest. Enjoy!

Vinland Longships


Vinland Longships is a Viking reenactment group that owns a 22 foot Viking Faering (four oared) boat. The Skogar √ěrostur (SKO-gar THROW-stur) which means "Blackbird" in Old Norse, is based on the faering boat buried with the Gokstad ship in Norway in the 9th century. The reenactors who founded Vinland Longships have organized educational demonstrations on Viking ships and Viking life, crafts and culture for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Norwegian Embassy and the American Swedish Museum, among many others. They taught docents at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and have travelled to L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada, St. Petersberg, Russia and up and down the east coast educating people about Viking ship construction, navigation and history. The Adventures of the Skogar √ěrostur are documented at