|Photo courtesy of the Nordic Heritage Museum
||Author: David E. Johnson, Seattle, WA|
The Nordic Heritage Museum ushered in the beginning of a new chapter in the museum’s history at a groundbreaking celebration on July 30, 2016. A modern 57,000-square-foot museum and cultural center will soon be located in the heart of Ballard and will include a refined layout and expanded modern exhibition and educational spaces.
Several government officials, including Seattle’s mayor, joined with generous donors and Eric Nelson, executive director of the museum, to turn over the ceremonial first shovels of dirt. Over 400 people attending the ceremony were treated to champagne and songs from the Norwegian Choir, led by an Icelander! Moving speeches were given about the sacrifices of our ancestors and the values they brought with them – values that are alive and strong in Seattle today.
The new museum will be organized around a linear “fjord” that weaves together the stories of homeland and the Nordic American experience. About 95 percent of the $46 million (US) needed to complete the project has already been raised.