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Meet the Turnblads

Coming from poor immigrant families themselves, Swan and Christina Turnblad appear to embody the classic rags-to-riches tale, gaining their wealth by owning the largest Swedish language newspaper in the country, the Svenska Amerikanska Posten. But the Turnblad life was not as glamorous as it appears; rather, it reveals the complexity of the American Dream, a careful balance of cultural identities, and the potential costs of great wealth and power. The Turnblads were embroiled in multiple lawsuits and struggled against negative perceptions of Swedish immigrants as they strove to be accepted into Minneapolis’ elite social class. The family only lived in the Mansion for a few years before donating it as a legacy of the early Swedish-American community. Come virtually visit the historic Turnblad Mansion to learn more about Minnesota’s immigrant history, the crafters who shaped this Mansion and the Turnblad family.

More Information

  • Duration: 50 minutes, with pauses for questions
  • Group size: 1 - 40 connections
  • Cost: $300 flat fee
  • To book: Email Lindsey Tscherne at to book this experience for your group. Please book at least two weeks in advance.