Talks

Heidi Herman--Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice

With us in 2018
835
Take a journey through Iceland, a land where legends come alive. This presentation blends together the images of the country with the recollection of growing up, modern day life in Iceland, and the legends and mythology that has been so prevalent from the Viking days through present-day. Using photos and video, the trip starts in Reykjavik from the archeological dig of a Viking settlement to the vibrant city of today. Using historical references, amazing natural photography and Ieda's memories of growing up, the culture comes alive. Heidi's entertaining incorporation of the mythology and stories from the Sagas that tie to regions and towns bring the legends to life. The culture and the fascinating history is brought to life through a tour of vibrant photographs and a presentation narrated by authors Heidi and Ieda Herman.


Scandinavian Geneaology: Lecture by Kristina O'Doherty

With us in 2018
495
Kristina Johnson ODoherty graduated from Millersville State College (University) with a degree in Elementary Education and earned a Masters degree in Counseling from Villanova University. She is a graduate of The FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. In 2003 Kristina retired from the FBI after 23 years of service as a Special Agent. She currently volunteers at the American Swedish Historical Museum and for the Emergency Aid of PA Foundation. Kristina lives in Blue Bell, PA with her husband, John.


The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc.

With us in 2018
47
Presenting the film "Jakten pa Norge 1814-2014"


The Secret Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen; Fridtjof Nansen

With us in 2018
1763
Hailed by The New Yorker as among the most compelling documents to come out of the war, From Day to Day is a World War II concentration camp diary, one of only a handful ever translated into English secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian political prisoner. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen was held captive for the duration of the war in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany. Nansen's diary entries detail his longing for his wife and family, his constantly frustrated hopes for release, and his horror at the especially barbaric treatment reserved for the Jews. The diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen's daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity in a world engulfed by fear and hate. Fridtjof Nansen (1861 to 1930), accomplished more in 68 years than most people could accomplish in three lifetimes. Athlete, scientist, polar explorer, statesman, and humanitarian, he was one of the most famous citizens Norway ever produced. In fact, he was voted the man of the century in a 2001 readers poll in that country. Timothy Boyce will discuss Fridtjof Nansen's remarkable life and varied achievements, focusing primarily on his 1893 attempt to reach the North Pole, and his later humanitarian undertakings, which earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922. Timothy Boyce practiced law, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP. He retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing. Tim holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Finance, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.


Annie C Humphrey (ASHM)

With us in 2017
712
The World in 1000: The Viking in Context and Intro to Norse Mythology are the talks given by Annie C. Humphrey this year at ScanFest! Annie C. Humphrey is an education assistant at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. She majored in history and medieval studies at Rutgers University and earned her MA in medieval studies from the University of Connecticut. Annie began Viking era re-enactment and combat demonstration in 2007. She has previously served as a program volunteer at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA and has lectured at a variety of universities on Old Norse language and folklore. Annie has a passion for educating the public about Norse, Irish, and medieval topics.


Scandinavian Genealogy: William B. Fagerstrom

With us in 2017
312
Bill is amateur genealogist, doing genealogy for the past 15 years. He belongs to eleven Genealogical and History Organizations and is the Secretary and Past President of the Genealogy Club of the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. Bill has authored and lectured on various aspects of genealogy.


Viking Economics

With us in 2016
1214
Scandinavian countries reach top of the charts! How did they get there? While the rest of Europe has been struggling since the 2008 Great Recession, the Nordic countries bounced back. In fact, they've been playing musical chairs at the top of the international charts measuring well-being for over half a century. George Lakey as a young adult married a Norwegian, starting him on a quest to learn what is the Nordics' secret -- why they consistently perform so well at delivering both shared prosperity and individual freedom, even though only Norway struck it rich with oil. In his new book published this year he reveals his answer, and he'll share some of it in this entertaining lecture. The book: Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too. Melville House Publishing (New York and London) July 2016. Lakey did the research and writing while a professor at Swarthmore College, traveling frequently to the Nordic countries for interviews. He is an accomplished public speaker, having made over 2500 presentations on five continents. He also taught sociology at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, while writing many articles and eight other books.


Scandinavian Genealogy

With us in 2015
344
"Genealogy" William B. Fagerstrom Bill is amateur genealogist, doing genealogy for the past 15 years. He belongs to eleven Genealogical and History Organizations and is the Secretary and Past President of the Genealogy Club of the American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia. Bill authored and lectured on various aspects of genealogy.


Peter Kalm and the Botany of Swedish Empire in the 18th Century

With us in 2014
2066
Program I: Peter Kalm and his American Exploration for Swedish Royal Academy Pehr (Peter) Kalm was born in Angemanland, Sweden in 1716 and died in Turku, Finland in 1779. On his many Horticultural journeys of discovery he visited North America and befriended Benjamin Franklin and John Bartram. His book, Travels in North America became a standard reference on the botanical riches of the colonies. His is the first description of Niagara Falls to be written by a trained scientist. His association with Carl Linnaeus and his keen sense of discovery credits him with the introduction of more than 90 species to the trade in botanicals. The plant, Kalmia, or Mountain Laurel was named after him. Join him on this first person talk expounding on the rigors of travel, exploration, the ascendency of the Swedes and chances of success during the Age of Enlightenment. Program II: The Botany of Swedish Empire in the 18th Century Continue the journey with Pehr (Peter) Kalm as he includes the world of illustrious Botanists and the interconnectedness of empires in the 18th Century. Meet his friends Swedish Carl Linneaus, Father of Scientific Nomenclature, Dutch Johan Gronovius, English Phillip Miller, keeper of the famed Physic Garden and Sir Hans Sloane whose collections would become the Gardens at Kew. Along the way, discover how Sweden led the world in the knowledge and practice of botanical collecting at the start of the age of man's return to nature. Kirk R. Brown: Tours the country in the guise of many American Botanists, Landscape Designers and Scientists including John Bartram and Frederick Law Olmsted. Serving as Vice President of Garden Writers Association, his travels take him to some of the world's most impressive gardens and historic landscapes. He lectures as himself on the art and practice of landscape design to Garden Clubs, Arboreta, Green Industry Associations, Historical Societies, Botanic Gardens and Professional Clubs across the country. His travels are illustrated at www.JohnBartramLives.com and www.OlmstedLives.me!


Scandinavian Genealogy

With us in 2014
495
Kristina Johnson ODoherty graduated from Millersville State College (University) with a degree in Elementary Education and earned a Masters degree in Counseling from Villanova University. She is a graduate of The FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. In 2003 Kristina retired from the FBI after 23 years of service as a Special Agent. She currently volunteers at the American Swedish Historical Museum and for the Emergency Aid of PA Foundation. Kristina lives in Blue Bell, PA with her husband, John.


Scandinavian Genealogy

With us in 2013
556
Bill Fagerstrom: Is an amateur genealogist He has been doing genealogy for 25 years Is the current Secretary & the past President of the Swedish Genealogy Club of the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, PA He has written handout "Beginning Scandinavian Genealogy" which all in attendance will get and will be posted later to the Scanfest website He has written several other guides, a descriptive family history on his mothers branch and a short Fagerstrom family history He belongs to eight genealogy & history Organizations


History of Folk Dress

With us in 2011
174
Inger Hanright is Cultural Director, United States and Canada, for the Vasa Order of America. For more on Swedish and Scandinavian customs and traditions, visit her web site.


Ole Olesen - Norwegian Immigrant

With us in 2011
368
Ole Olesen,aka Roger Hellesvig, has been sharing his story about 19th Century Norwegian Immigration for the past 15 years. Join the adventure as Ole leaves his Norwegian homeland and travels to America. The audience will help Ole decide what to pack in his trunk as he shares about his Norwegian traditions. To find out more about Ole go to www.19thcenturyprogams.com.


Marge Murray Thorell

With us in 2010
370
* Karin Larsson: From Dalarna to IKEA (How Karin Larsson the wife of Sweden's most famous artist gave IKEA its ideas for easy, beautiful living. Karin Larsson is the most famous person you have never heard of) * Swedes: from Maryland to Maine (upcoming bookt looks at the influence Sweden and Swedish Americans have had on the the east coast of the United States)


Scandinavian Fiction

With us in 2008
146
Judith Lindbergh, Author of The Thrall's Tale:
Three women confront survival in the first Viking Age settlements in 10th century Greenland.


Aleasa Hogate

With us in 2007
256
EXPERIENCE NEW SWEDEN Video and Lecture about the first permanent European settlement established by Sweden in 1638 in the Delaware River Valley;
BOATS AND CHURCH-BOATS a 15 minute power point on my research about small boats of Scandinavia and America


Danish Immigration & how it relates to Genealogy

With us in 2006
211
Agnes Hagmueller, Professional genealogist, involved with research for over 16 years. Founding member of DANE- Danish Archive North East, a non profit organization. She will talk on researching Danish Genealogy.


Growing up in Occupied Norway during World War II

With us in 2006
158
Ellin Mackiewicz will give two talks on growing up during World War II in Norway. It is a first hand, facinating account of daily life during the occupation.


Marilyn Johansen Vondra

With us in 2005
339
Lecture on Edvard Grieg, Norway's greatest composer. In order to sing Edvard Grieg songs in their original language, Marilyn has studied the Norwegian language. She will present a brief talk devoted to Edvard Grieg, his role in promoting Norwegian Independence, his decision to elevate Norwegian music as well as the life he led in Norway.


The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc.

With us in 2000
6
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