July 31, 2012
The American Swedish Historical Museum Presents The Swedish American Line, An Exhibition Offering A Rare Glimpse Into The History Of The White Viking Fleets
A special exploration into the beauty, comfort, entertainment and style of the 20th century Swedish American Line (SAL) opens at the American Swedish Historical Museum on August 2.
From its early days as a passenger fleet for immigrants back in 1915 to its lavish “Around the World” cruises of the 1960s all the way to its closing in 1975, SAL played an important role in connecting Scandinavia and the U.S.
This exhibition offers visitors a look into the fleet’s history, exquisite style and personal stories and anecdotes from former passengers.
Featured objects represent the work of archivist and collector Torsten Torstensson, who has assembled one of the world’s largest collections of SAL memorabilia.
An opening party will be held Thursday, August 2 at 5:30 p.m., complete with refreshments inspired by the ships’ menus, followed by a presentation by Torstensson himself at 6 p.m. The party is free with museum admission.
Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon-4 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.
The Swedish American Line exhibition
When: August 2-February 24, 2013
Where: American Swedish Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost: $8 adults; $6 seniors and students; Free children under age 5 and ASHM members
More info: www.americanswedish.org