Coming from poor immigrant families, 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.
This is a live, virtual tour in which participants explore the rooms of the Turnblad Mansion from within the comfort of their own homes. Due to the highly interactive tour methods, participants can ask questions in real time at any moment!
Public Group Tour Information
Duration: 50 minutes, with pauses for questions
Timing: Tours will take place at 2 p.m. Central Time on the second Wednesday of the month. There will no longer be tours at 6 p.m. Please click the date and time below to register for the monthly afternoon tours!
Cost: $15 per connection