April 17, 2015
The history of the Nordic region is steeped in rich folklore and tantalizing mystery, but even more fascinating is the beauty and dramatic scenery of the 8 areas that form this northernmost part of the world: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.
The word Nordic is derived from Norden, which means ‘The North” or “The Northern Lands’. In Old Norse, Denmark was called Danmǫrk. In Latin, Denmark was called Dania. Norway means “the north road.” Sweden was originally a plural form of Swede and is a so-called “back-formation”, from Old English Sweoðeod, which meant “people of the Swedes” (Old Norse Svíþjóð, Latin Suetidi).
This remote region of the world was swiftly acknowledged by Europe during the Viking period (AD 800-1050). Pagan seafarers from the north, known collectively as Vikings or Norsemen (“Northmen”), raided, ravaged, traded with and settled in many areas of Europe, starting with coastal sites in the British Isles. Today they are still a very fascinating people with a huge following, intensified by popular events such as the recently opened Viking exhibit at The Field Museum and the popular Viking television series on the History Channel. Although Vikings may be the most notorious group associated with the region’s history, descendants of nomadic peoples, such as the Sámi and ancestors of present-day Finns, had inhabited northern Scandinavia for thousands of years before them.
There is so much more to know and learn about the Nordic region, and although all countries have been lumped together in this post, each one has their own distinctiveness and individuality. One thing that is clear: they are people full of pride in their ancestry and customs. From the food to the style, Scandinavians and Scandinavian-Americans have a desire to share their rich heritage with others.
We here at The Danish Home of Chicago are proud of the legacy of our Danish founders dating back to 1891. For the past 124 years we have worked to preserve Danish culture here in America and build many lasting relationships in order to share our mission. We are proud to call many Scandinavian-American organizations friends. Some of these include the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, Washington, The Danish Sisterhood of America, and many more, which are highlighted here in the posts of The Hope Chest. Read on and subscribe to our weekly posts to never miss any of the Danish goodness we’re exuding! And speaking of…
Scandinavians are known for their huge bike culture, and we here at The Danish Home of Chicago are geared up (pun intended) to celebrate that with a very vintage giveaway!
Simply click here to subscribe to The Hope Chest and enter the giveaway before April 21st for a chance to score a vintage bike courtesy of The Danish Home Foundation. And with more giveaways to come you’ll want to subscribe to be sure you never miss one! Don’t forget to share on your favorite social media sites and held og lykke (good luck)!!
The Nordic Heritage Museum is an internationally recognized museum and cultural center where people of all backgrounds are welcomed to be inspired by the values, traditions, art, and spirit of the Nordic peoples. Some of their upcoming events are:
Warner Sallman: The Master Painter — April 11-21, 2015
A son of Finnish and Swedish immigrants, the Chicago-born commercial artist and painter Warner Sallman (1892-1968) has been cited by the New York Times as one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century.
Nordic Lights Auktion – April 18, 2015
This year marks the 30th Northern Lights Auktion. This annual event has sustained the programs, exhibitions, and events of the Nordic Heritage Museum for three decades.
The Danish Sisterhood of America celebrates their 130th anniversary! The mission of this organization continues to be to strengthen, maintain and preserve the Danish heritage and traditions for future generations. The Chicago Lodge – Dagmar #4 – achieves this by working together with The Danish Home or other Danish organizations. Join them this Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at the Danish Home in Chicago for Danish afternoon coffee with residents followed by their regular meeting. Learn more about it here and about joining them at the Norwegian Parade on Sunday May 17, 2015 in Park Ridge, IL.
The Women’s Auxiliary of The Danish Home hosts their Smørrebrød Benefit Luncheon on Saturday, May 30th.