Museums & Galleries Qld

Lesley Jenkins blogs from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago

Posted on: 2 June 2014

These delightful photos were taken at the Swedish American Museum and they feature the opportunities children have to explore being a pioneering Swedish child about to become an immigrant and resident in America. Children prepare for this big event by dressing up as immigrant children, buying a ticket in a child’s size ticket booth and going up one side of a big boat ready for departure. They leave from Sweden and arrive on the other side of the boat in America.

It is imaginative, active and educational and the best thing about it is that there is no technology to manage or to fail! I loved it and Executive Director, Karin Moen Abercrombie, does a wonderful job of keeping it and the rest of the museum open 7 days a week and managing it with both paid and unpaid staff (about 20 volunteers). When I was there a big bus load of Swedish people had just arrived and they had squeezed into the small but interesting shop.

The Chicago History Museum is assisting them to re-think their permanent displays.

M&GSQ 2013 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture.

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