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Swedish immigrant exhibit opens in Duluth

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A new exhibit explores Swedish immigrants’ search “For a Better Life.”

Visitors can see historic artifacts, vintage clothing, unique musical instruments, cooking utensils and cookbooks from a turn-of-the-century kitchen.

The Swedish immigration exhibit runs Monday through July 29 at Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave., Duluth. An opening reception featuring Swedish hors d’oeuvres takes place 7-9 p.m. July 11.

In addition to authentic artifacts, informational panels will explain when the Swedish people emigrated and why. Visitors can see pictures of the ships they traveled on, learn where they settled in the United States and the Midwest, gain insights into their daily lives, the work they chose and the hardships they endured in search of the American Dream. Gifts given to Duluth by its sister city Vaxjo also will be displayed.

“For a Better Life” is the second of three historic immigration exhibits being unveiled at Nordic Center this summer. “New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration to Minnesota 1825-1925” took place in June. The cycle will end with a Finnish immigration exhibit, “Celebrating 150 Years of Finnish Immigration” running Aug. 1-20.

“I find them interesting because I’m into genealogy,” said Kathy Botten, Nordic Center program coordinator. Each of the exhibits fulfill the nonprofit center’s mission to preserve and advance Nordic culture.

There is no charge to view the exhibit, but Botten said a $5 donation is suggested.

Nordic Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.