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Midsommar in Cuba

Afternoons at ASI: Swedish Americans in Cuba

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Afternoons at ASI

Held the second Wednesday of each month from 1-2 p.m. in Paulson Hall, ASI’s afternoon series invites artists, experts and other fascinating folk to share their knowledge and insight in fellowship with the community. A new topic is explored in every session. Please join us!

Wednesday, April 11: Swedish Americans in Cuba

  • In 1904, a doctor from Minneapolis bought land in eastern Cuba and urged fellow Swedish-American farmers to trade their overcoats and marginal land for short sleeves and a tropical paradise. Enough emigrated that there was a viable Swedish-American settlement for 20 years in Cuba. Most returned to the United States, and some of their descendants were invited to participate in a 110th anniversary celebration in December 2017. Marilyn McGriff will give a presentation on “Minnesota Swedes Raising Cane,” detailing historic perspectives and contemporary reflections on the influence of the hard-working Northerners, including images of her recent trip to Cuba.

Afternoons at ASI Schedule:

Included in museum admission ($10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students, free for ages 5 and under). No advanced registration required.


For information, call 612-871-4907

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