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“This Minnesota is a glorious country and just the country for Northern Immigrants – just the country for a new Scandinavia”.
Fredrika Bremer (1801 – 1865) Swedish writer and feminist activitst.

More Swedish immigrants made their home in Minnesota than any other state. Listed below are a few of the many opportunities within Minnesota to enhance your Camp St. Joan of Arc – Swedish experience.

American Swedish Institute

Tour the Turnblad Mansion and the American Swedish Institute. Visit this website to discover an array of events including music, crafts for children and adults; films; teas, monthly Smorgasbords on Sundays and a Midsommer event in July.
Note: The American Swedish Institute will be closed for renovations from May – November.


Visit Ingebretsens for a taste of culture and culinary delights. This website is full of information regarding the Scandinavian countries, culture, class opportunities & traditions.


Visit this Swedish giant and enjoy a tasty meal, the Swedish traditional crawfish meal (August) and pick up a few Swedish foods to enjoy at your home.

Day Trips:

  • Alexandria: Visit this town to see the world-famous Kensington Runestone at the Runestone Museum
  • Lindstrom - Sister city to Tingsryd, Sweden holds Karl Oskar Days in early July.
  • Mora: Sister city to Mora, Sweden: Mora offers the Kanabec History Center and an annual folk festival in September. Mora hosts the largest annual ski race in February, the Vasaloppet which covers over 58 kilometers and is modeled after the same race in Mora, Sweden.
  • Scandia – The first Swedes landed in Scandia in the 1850’s
    Vinterfest, February 5th
  • St. Peter – Founded in 1862 by a Swedish immigrant Lutheran pastor. Named for the Swedish king, Gustavus Adolphus. The Alfred Nobel Hall of Science named for the great Swedish inventor and philanthropist, hosts the annual Nobel Conference, addressing issues in the natural and social sciences. The Jussi Bjorling Concert Hall is named after the internationally famous Swedish tenor.

Children’s Books & Authors:

Astrid Lindgren – Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren – The Tomten and the Fox
Selma Lagerlof – The Wonderful Adventures of Nils


There are countless foods and recipes available to recreate for your table including: Swedish meatballs, Swedish pancakes, herring, pea soup (a traditional favorite on Thursdays), beets, cucumber salads, flatbread, Dala bread, Dip in the Kettle, potato sausage, cabbage rolls, rice pudding, crisp sugar cookies, pepparkakor (ginger cookies)…

Swedish Table Prayer
I jesu namn till bords vi gar
Valsigna Gud den mat vi far.

In Jesu’ name to the table we go;
Bless, God, the food we get.