All things Scandinavian.


Thorsby Swedish Fest

PO Box 608
Thorsby, Alabama 35171
Gotta love redneck Vikings, especially being one myself. One doesn't expect to find a Swedish enclave in the middle of Alabama, but looks like these folks do it up right.

Little Norway

Petersburg, Alaska 99833
This looks like a multi-day Norwegian party. Everybody's having a lot of fun in all the pics. Long way up there, but worth going at least once, I would think.

The Asatru Alliance

PO Box 961
Payson, Arizona 85547
According to their website, Asatru means belief in the gods. Adherents still follow the old Norse gods. Thanks to William Bakke for this link.

The Danish American Club in Orange County

This is a well established Danish American organization located in Orange County California. Contact information is minimal.

Department of Scandinavian - UC Cal Berkeley

6303 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, California 94720
I had no idea such a place existed, totally devoted to the study of Scandinavian culture.

Danish Sisterhood of America

814 South Sherbourne Drive - #7
Los Angeles, California 90035
I'm nearly 56 and I had never heard of this organization. Looks like a pretty interesting group doing a lot of good stuff.

Young Scandinavians Club

PO Box 640610
San Francisco, California 94164
They must have enough young Scandinavians in the San Francisco area to have a club, and an interesting one at that, with a pretty decent looking schedule of events throughout the year.

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way - PO Box 769
Solvang, California 93464
I love most art museums, and this looks like a good one. It has the added bonus of including a lot of Danish American history.

Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation

26 Faculty Road
Thousand Oaks, California 91360
The stated goal of these folks is to preserve and promote Scandinavian Heritage and Culture for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations, and to become the center for Scandinavian culture in the Southwestern United States.

Scandinavian Alliance of Colorado

1754 Southard Drive
Erie, Colorado 80516
This is an umbrella organization for a variety of Scandinavian groups in Colorado. They put on a big festival every year. I'll be checking this out further.

Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce - Florida Chapter

523 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
Per their website, this Florida based organization looks to promote and protect interests and relations between Finland and the United States.

Swedish Club of Sarasota

5824 Pomarine Court
Sarasota, Florida 34238
Promoting Swedish American relations, Florida Gulf coast style.

Danish America Chamber of Commerce Georgia

3630 Peachtree Road Northeast - Suite 920
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
An organization taking a comprehensive approach to relations in Georgia between Danes and Americans.

Atlanta Suomi Finland Society

PO Box 768231
Roswell, Georgia 30076
Here's an organization working to maintain Finnish culture in the deep south.

Danish American Athletic Club

15 North Hickory Street
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
I will resist any cracks about great Danish athletes. I know they're out there. Oddly this club meets at a Knights of Columbus hall, but their stated objective is to preserve Danish culture in America.

Dania Society of Chicago

17W034 Bryn Mawr
Bensenville, Illinois 60106
This is a seriously old Danish society in Chicago. They've been around a long time, with a lot of history.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, Illinois 60631
The biggest Luthern church in America.

Swedish Days

528 East Side Drive
Geneva, Illinois 60134
This festival looks very well run, with backing from the town as well as corporate sponsors.

Danish American Language Foundation

PO Box 748
Saint Charles, Illinois 60174
Here's a group trying to preserve Danish language culture. I know my family followed a typical pattern. My great grandfather came here speaking Danish and learned a few English words. My grandfather was truly bilingual. My Dad spoke English and just a few Danish words.

Tivoli Fest

Elk Horn, Iowa 712-764-2123
Looks like a pretty cool spring festival. They also do one in the fall. I'll try to some more information.

Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531
Looks like a nice museum of Danish immigration, as well as an interesting looking genealogical library.

The Finnish Center at Saima Park

Fitchburg, Massachusetts
At first glance, there might not seem like there's much to this place, but browse around their web site and you will see they have a great deal going on. Look for the photo of The Moon Man Gnome. Pretty cool. Thanks to Karl Hakkarainen for the link.

Raivaaja Foundation

640 Townsend Road
Groton, Massachusetts 01450
An impressive looking and well established Finnish culture organization.

Finnish Heritage Society Sovittaja

PO Box 373
Rutland, Massachusetts 01543
Though they only went online in 2009, the FHSS has been in existence, in one form or another, for over one hundred years. Looks like they have some real nice programs and events throughout the year. Thanks to Karl Hakkarainen for telling me about these folks.

The Danish Festival

PO Box 211
Greenville, Michigan 48838
This town takes its Danish heritage seriously. They've been doing this since 1965. I'll have to try and get up there one year.

Finnish American Heritage Center

435 Quincy Street
Hancock, Michigan 49930
This center is associated with Finlandia University and is dedicated to perpetuating the Finnish language and preserving the Finnish experience in North America.

Leif Erikson Viking Ship

PO Box 411
Duluth, Minnesota 55801
A website dedicated to the Leif Erikson Viking ship restoration.

American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
One of the premier Swedish-American cultural organizations. Thanks to Jim Allen for letting us know about them.

Sons of Norway

1455 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
There can be no doubt that the Sons of Norway are the grand-daddies of Scandinavian cultural organizations in the United States. They have to be the oldest, they have to be the biggest, and they have to be the most comprehensive in where they are and what they do.

Norway House

913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
This is a cultural organization looking to promote relations of all kinds between Norway and the United States.

Hjemkomst Center

202 1st Avenue North
Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Part of a county historical society, this interesting place features the Hjemkomst Viking ship and the Hopperstad Stave Church. Very cool looking.

The Norwegian American Historical Association

1510 Saint Olaf Avenue
Northfield, Minnesota 55057
Now this organization has some serious street cred. They are located on the campus of St. Olaf College and their first secretary was Ole E. Rolvaag, author of Giants in the Earth. They've been around since 1925.

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

1333 South Kirkwood Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63122
our brothers and sisters in the Missouri Synod.


PO Box 25
Dannebrog, Nebraska 68831
Another cool looking small town festival. Gotta love the town's name. They also do an annual Christmas festival.

Oakland Swedish Festival

228 North Oakland Avenue
Oakland, Nebraska 68045
Small town festival only held on odd numbered years, but still looks like it could be fun.

The Swedish Festival

Stromsburg, Nebraska 402-764-5265
Looks like a very cool small town Swedish Festival. Not a lot of contact information, but they've been doing it for a long time, apparently.


1 Wolfe Road
Budd Lake, New Jersey 07828
For almost thirty years, Scanfest has been the place to be for a full on celebration of all things Nordic. Much thanks to Bruce and Patti Campbell for tipping us off.

The Danish American Society

136 East 76th Street - Apt.8D
New York, New York 10021
The photos on their website have some illustrious personages from over the years. Looks a bit high brow, perhaps. You know how those Danes can be.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation

58 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10016
Headquartered at Scandinavia House in New York, the ASF works to bring Scandinavian culture to the United States through a variiety of programs.

Scandinavian Heritage Association

1020 South Broadway - PO Box 862
Minot, North Dakota 58702
This looks like a cool place to visit, with some serious architecture to look at.

Norsk Høstfest

Box 1347
Minot, North Dakota 58702
North America's largest Scandinavian festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. This looks like an awful lot of fun, and something I definitely want to go to before I head off to Valhalla.

Finnish Heritage Museum

PO Box 1121 - 301 High Street
Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
A vigorous looking Finnish-American organization with museum and a regular slate of events.

Mt. Jewett Swedish Festival

PO Box 7215
Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania 16740
Looks like a fun festival up in northern Pennsylvania. They don't seem to have a website, as fewer places do these days, existing more on social media. Might be something I'll have to address here.

American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattisson Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145
Looks like a fun place to visit. They have a busy calendar of stuff going on throughout the year.

Danish Days

44402 295th Street
Irene, South Dakota 57037
Viborg, South Dakota hosts what looks like one big, bad ass Danish festival. Definitely on my to do list.

Norwegian Society of Texas

7010 CR 309
Cranfills Gap, Texas 76637
Norwegians got it going on over in Texas. Multiple local chapters.

Bosque County Chapter - Norwegian Society of Texas

PO Box 114
Cranfills Gap, Texas 76637
This website caught my eye, because Clifton, Texas is designated the Norwegian Capital of Texas. It is home to the Norse Historic District, and the last resting place of Cleng Peerson, Father of Norwegian Immigration to America. We're everywhere. Thanks to D'Ann Herrod for putting me on to this place.

Icelandic Association of Utah

PO Box 874
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
Looks like a thriving little association out in Utah. Kind of an austere looking website, but that's appropriate, no?

Nordic Heritage Museum

3014 NW 67th Street
Seattle, Washington 98117
Very nice looking urban museum of Nordic Heritage. Lots of interesting programming in a variety of subjects. I love the Pacific Northwest, and this is just another reason to go back.

the NORWEGIAN american

17713 15th Avenue Northeast - #205
Shoreline, Washington 98155
North America's only Norwegian-American newspaper.

Norden Folk

PO Box 522
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702
Formerly known as the Midwest Institute of Scandinavian Culture, they're been around since 1960 (like me) and they have some very interesting cultural resources, including some genealogy links I'll be checking out.

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