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Wednesday Wonderings - Afternoons at ASI: Jonas Helgertz

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Wednesday Wonderings – Afternoons at ASI

Second Wednesday of each Month, 1–2 p.m.
Paulson Hall

In this new ASI afternoon series, held the second Wednesday of each month in Paulson Hall, we invite artists, experts and other fascinating folk to share their knowledge and insight in fellowship with the community. We’ll delve into new topic every session. Please join us!


  • Wednesday, October 11Professor Jonas Helgertz, Associate Professor of Economic History at Lund University, Sweden, links Swedish census and emigrant registers to U.S. census records to identify economic and demographic outcomes of Swedish migrants to Minnesota, as well as of those who remained behind in Sweden.  He is currently conducting research at the Minnesota Population Center.

  • Wednesday, November 8Wendy Peterson Biorn is ASI’s 2016 Lilly Lorenzen Scholar who went to Sweden to gather information about 19th century Swedish farmsteads. She shares what she learned and how she is applying it to the historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead near Waconia, MN, where she works. Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg discovered Peterson’s journals at the Minnesota Historical Society, and used them as the basis for his Emigrants book series (later a movie), named the most influential books in Swedish history by the Swedish government.


Peterson Farm
Andrew Peterson Farm
Included in museum admission. Free for ASI members. No advanced registration required.

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