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Tuesday Open House: Chris Falteisek — Nordic Christmas Customs, Traditions and Music

  • Mindekirken 924 East 21st Street Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

Weekly on Tuesdays, Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis adjacent to Norway House, hosts a luncheon with a speaker or performance of interest to our community. This week: Chris Falteisek — Nordic Christmas Customs, Traditions and Music

This program will help you get you in the spirit of the holiday season. Falteisek’s concert presentation will feature history, stories, pictures and Nordic Christmas songs, as well as multi-media presentations of Falteisek's extensive Christmas research. The presentation will also include pictures of Nordic Christmas customs of his family in Norway and Sweden, as well as how these Nordic customs evolved and changed as his ancestors came to America. You will also learn about Jul i Fordums Dager, Lille Julaften, Nisse, Juletreet, Kveldshelg, Svarte Søndag, Julehalmen, Mellomjula and Julebukking. Steffenson will share the story Kaposia North of Nobel Laureate, Norman Borlaug, father of the “Green Revolution,” who, through practical application of his research discoveries in plant genetics and pathology, is credited with saving over a billion people worldwide from starvation. From Atkins’ website: “I'm an historian who uses letters, photos, shoes, art, chairs, census records, maps as keys to unlock the past that is full of wonders and mysteries, stories and landscapes to be explored. I work from the belief that opening that door helps illuminate the past and the present. Our history and our lives stand in such a close relationship to each other that reflecting on either one helps illuminate the other. I taught college students for many years, always looking for ways to connect people with their past(s) in meaningful ways. Now, I focus on speaking to community and library groups, continuing education programs -- anywhere where there are people tempted to enter the past. The most important skill for doing good history is imagination. I emphasize time rather than dates.” Atkins has authored many publications, including the book Creating Minnesota: A History From the Inside Out (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2007), Brian Steffenson Chris Falteisek, a native of Prescott, Wisconsin, and resident of Hastings, Minnesota, started playing organ and piano for church as a 6th grader. He currently works as Minister of Worship/Music Director at Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury and is an accompanist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park. He has composed and recorded 17 albums, his most recent album project is “Christmas Cheer.” His musical performances and presentations have taken him to Sweden, Norway, Poland, Iceland, Czechia and around the United States.

11:00am Fellowship and Lunch
11:45am Devotions and Announcements
12:00pm-1:00pm Cultural Program

$7 suggested donation is received at the door.
Elevator access from north parking lot entrance. 


Earlier Event: December 16
Nordic Julekonsert
Later Event: December 20
Gingerbread Thursdays @ the Kaffebar