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  • Nov 25, 2013


The American Swedish Institute today announced its 2013 Lucia Court.

Congratulations to Linnea Peterson, ASI’s 2013 Lucia; and Lucia Attendants Christina Ellis and Audrey Kruse. Lucia and her court were selected based upon their personal and academic achievements and their involvement at ASI.

Linnea Peterson is a senior at St. Paul’s Central High School where she is captain of the Science Olympiad team and a member of the math and geography teams. Linnea  is a seven-year member of the ASI Lucia Choir. Linnea is the daughter of Neal Peterson and Deanna Thompson of St. Paul.

Christine Ellis is a senior at Orono High School where she is captain of the gymnastics team and a member of the Honors Mentor Connection program studying engineering. Christine has participated in the Lucia tradition at ASI since she was three years old. She is the daughter of Louis and Mary Ellis of Long Lake.

Audrey Kruse is a senior at Columbia Heights High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and the synchronized swim team. Audrey has been an engaged with ASI her entire life, volunteering in nearly every arm of the organization. She is the daughter of Kate and Paul Kruse of Columbia Heights.

The story and tradition of St. Lucia are one of the most magical holiday experiences across Sweden. ASI celebrates Lucia Day, and the ritual of bringing light to one of the darkest days of the year, with two performances: Lucia in the Mansion and Lucia Celebration.


Lucia in the Mansion

Friday, Dec. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

December 13 is Lucia Day, a poignant and magical Swedish holiday that brings light to one of the darkest days of the year.

At this special evening for ASI members, ASI's Lucia choir of 75 children will give a short performance in the historic Turnblad Mansion, followed by a "fika" of traditional Lucia buns and coffee.

Tickets $12 per person; children 2 and under free. A limited number of tickets are available to ASI members only and can be ordered by phone (please call 612-871-4907) or in person at the American Swedish Institute. 


ASI Lucia Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

An afternoon of festive holiday songs featuring the 75-member student Lucia Choir of the American Swedish Institute.

Tickets: $12 per person; children 2 and under free.  Limited tickets remain. Available by phone (612-871-4907), in person at the American Swedish Institute, or online at (handling fees apply).


About the American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and cultural organization, museum, and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis. Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, ASI serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden.  In 2013, the Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.”

Museum holiday hours: Tue., Thu., Fri., Sun. 12–5 p.m., Wed. 12–8 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  Museum admission: $9, $7 ages 62+, $5 ages 6-18 and students with ID. For directions or more information, visit


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