Swedish Study Group

 We just had too much fun in our course, "Exploring Swedish Immigration"

to just let it drop... so we redefined ourselves as the Swedish Study Group.


 We meet once a month for lunch at the Centre and always have

interesting stories to share and presenters who seem to keep popping up

with intriguing information to share with us.


 March 6th at noon, we will enjoy a home-made Norwegian lunch

and listen to secret tips on searching out our ancestral roots, as presented

by a speaker from the Manitoba Genealogical Society.


 We sometimes join in with the Swedish coffee evenings while

they are painting Dalarna horses, eating Semla Buns, pea soup or pancakes.


 The travel urge has be awakened in us and we are satisfying it by

taking to the open road this Spring.  Come along if you like!



Swedish Study Group Road Trip:  April 20th


You may have heard through the grapevine that the Meadows hall was affected by flooding so our road trip was called off.  But, through the efforts of Sonja, Craig Sidwall of Eriksdale has offered his services to take us on a tour.  Here is the summary of what he is offering to us…


Craig Sidwall says, " everyone wants to come to Eriksdale, they just don't know it". It was one of the first settlements of the Swedes in Manitoba. Craig's family was one of the original homesteaders there so he has a living history of the Swedes there.  He has agreed to come and be our guide to experience Eriksdale. 


Trip will include history of Nord School and Clydebank Church, the famous Eriksdale creamery, Nord and Mulvihill cemeteries, about the life of the Swedish  homesteaders at that time and the landmarks that remain there today. We will visit the remains of two Swedish homesteads, including the Goranson homestead where the barn remains, as does foundations of the original farm.  They had the Eriksdale Vasa Lodge there.


Craig also says:


  • "The Swedish Community at Eriksdale, Manitoba" , published in 1976, is a 100 page-or so monograph written by George Hauser, who stayed at my folks’ house to gather the info for it. It is part of the National Musueum of Man Mercury Series, and I assume archived somewhere in Ottawa… very nice snapshot of pioneer Swedish life, organized and comprehensive, and very anecdotal.
  •  "Memory opens the Door" is the local Eriksdale history book, published 1970, complied by a local lady, Lucy Lindell (English married to a Swede). Contains lots of family stories and history of Swedes, and has one really great story of pioneer life, written with a Swedish accent, that is a must read for anyone wanting a feel for pioneer Swedish life.


We will organize car pooling and will split the cost of gas.  Please let Laurel know if you would like to join in:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       laurelam@mymts.net