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Vikings in the Attic with Eric Dregni
Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America
By Eric Dregni

Growing up with Swedish and Norwegian grandparents with a dash of Danish thrown in for balance, Eric Dregni thought Scandinavians were perfectly normal. Who doesn’t enjoy a good, healthy salad (Jell-O packed with canned fruit, colored marshmallows, pretzels, and even olives) or perhaps some cod soaked in drain cleaner as the highlights of Christmas? In Vikings in the Attic, Dregni tracks down and explores the significant—and quite often bizarre—historic sites, tales, and traditions of Scandinavia’s peculiar colony in the Midwest. It’s a legacy of the unique—shots of turpentine for the common cold—but also one of poor immigrants living in sod houses while their children attend college, the birth of the co-op movement, and government agents spying on Scandinavian meetings hoping to nab a socialist or antiwar activist.

Oct 20, 2022 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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