Hej Allihopa! I am very excited to be part of the Swedish American Museum, being the store manager here could easily be described as a dream job. Becoming a part of a community so passionate and committed in celebrating Swedish history, culture and traditions.
I grew up about an hour southwest of Stockholm, in a town called Strängnäs. Although small to size, the town has significant historic value as it was here Sweden’s first king, Gustav Vasa, was elected on June 6 (Sweden’s National Day), 1523. As a result, I have throughout my upbringing always had an interest in history and how things that happened in the past still impact our lives today.
Being at the Museum I get to see first hand how Swedish culture and tradition have been transported to the US and how these are celebrated and interpreted so far from their geographic origin.
After finishing high school, I was accepted into an exchange program between North Park University in Chicago, and Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola, a community college located in Jönköping, Sweden. The exchange program brought me to the US, and once it ended, I decided to stay to complete my bachelor’s degree in Global Studies at North Park. Now joining the Museum, I hope I can contribute with my experience in cultural communication, as well as bringing my personal passion for the Museum’s products and the knowledge that can be passed on through them.
Please stop by the store to say hi and take a look, or check out our web store! We have something for everyone.