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Dassel History Center opens Sandinavian wedding exhibit Sunday
June 23, 2017

By Jennifer Von Ohlen
Staff Writer

The Dassel History Center will be bringing the history of “I do” to the Dassel-Cokato area through its newest exhibit “Loves Labor: The traditions of courtship and weddings,” which is scheduled to open Sunday, June 25.

A wedding reception-themed program will take place that day at 2 p.m., where visitors can listen to music provided by Gregory Servin while enjoying a slice of wedding cake along with their coffee.

The program will be led by Ann Isaacson, married in 1974; and Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, married in 1970; who will speak about the wedding traditions and courtship customs of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland.

Isaacson has a master of arts degree from the University of Minnesota College of Design with a focus on Scandinavian folk art. She is currently senior educator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Nordtorp-Madson recently retired from being curator and instructor of art history at the University of Saint Thomas. She received a PhD in 1990 from the University of Minnesota.

Both she and Isaacson completed post graduate work on Scandinavian courtship and wedding customs. They are also Dassel natives.

The exhibit will feature information on the afore-mentioned cultures’ traditions from 1900 to 2016, through the use of photos, text, documents, clothing, and other items within the Dassel Area Historical Society’s collection.

Some of the objects on display are being loaned from local residents, the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA; and the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

There is no admission fee to view the exhibit or attend Sunday’s program. “Loves Labor” will be at the Dassel History Center through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.

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