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Fall Newsletter 2017

Fall Newsletter

WWW.SCANHERITAGE.ORG 503.977.0275 Page 1 ScanFeast Photography by Alyssa Johnson LOOKING BACK TO LOOK FORWARD A BRIEF HISTORY OF NORDIC NORTHWEST It’s been awhile since we shared some of our history and how Nordic Northwest became what it is today. In lieu of a President's Message in this issue, we've decided to take a step back to appreciate the places we've been and the places we're going. The Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, as we were once known, was born out of a group of core founders who wanted to ensure the continuation of cultural studies at Portland State University and spread this cultural appreciation into the greater community. SHF was founded as an Oregon 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1985 and when the property on SW Oleson Road, adjacent to Fogelbo, became available for purchase in 1992, the “Founder’s Club” was formed to fundraise. After the property was purchased, thanks to generous help from the Nordic community, SHF worked with architects to explore building options and navigate the surrounding protected wetlands. The active capital campaign lasted from 2004 to 2014 when the organization broke ground on what is now Nordia House. The beautiful hand carved doors were the first piece of the building commissioned from Leroy Setziol and Monica Setziol-Phillips, and the building was designed by Diloreto Architects and built by Andersen Construction. With a new building came a new name, Nordic Northwest, to help incorporate all five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Nordia House opened in June of 2015 with the addition of Broder Söder, our in-house café. Our beautiful facility allows us to have over one hundred events per year and seasonal rotating exhibits. • ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP & VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION The community that our membership and volunteers bring to Nordia House is very important to us! You are a part of something great and without you NNW could not complete our mission of celebrating the culture of the Nordic countries we all love. That special time of year has come again, a time of year when we express our thanks to you— our members and volunteers—for your year-round enthusiasm and support. Mark this annual celebration on your calendar now—Sunday, September 10 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The afternoon will include a buffet spread by Broder Söder; presentation of the NNW President’s Award for service; recognition of volunteer achievement in 2016/2017; the presentation of our annual report; a preview of upcoming events; a kid’s area; a magnificent silent auction; and a whole lot more! This event is FREE to members and NNW volunteers, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Members may bring guests for an additional charge of $15 each. (Membership must be current to RSVP). RSVP now by calling our office to reserve your spot(s) at 503.977.0275 or by emailing laila@scanheritage.org. • ISSUE: FALL 2017 #NORDICNORTHWEST #NORDIAHOUSE

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