Help Make the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park Happen!

We are excited that we have a solid design for the upcoming Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park. But we can’t build it until we raise the funds to put the work out to bid. So please visit astoriascanpark.org to donate whatever you can afford! You can contribute online, or send a check to: Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association P.O. Box 34 Astoria, OR 97103 Your …

Scandinavians to Build Heritage Park

From the May issue of Swedish Press Astorians of Scandinavian descent are  celebrating a recent agreement with the City of Astoria that will allow them to build a Scandinavian  Heritage Park in downtown Astoria, Oregon. This monument will honor the thousands of Scandinavian immigrants who made it to Oregon’s North Coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It aims also …

Celebrating Swedish by Marriage in Astoria, Oregon

By Janet Bowler The lack of Swedish ancestry never stopped Gerry Swenson or her daughter-in-law Marci Swenson from actively promoting their husbands’ and children’s Swedish heritage in the Scandinavian community of Astoria, Oregon. Gerry’s husband Bob Swenson’s uncle Ragnar emigrated from Sweden (Örsjö in Småland) in 1910. Bob and Gerry are members of Astor Lodge #215 of VASA, and in …

Hipfish: Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park

ASTORIA SCANDINAVIAN HERITAGE PARK committee hits the ground running w/ City approval  BY KAISA SCHLARB IN DECEMBER, the Astoria City Council voted unanimously in favor of the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Foundation’s (ASHA) proposed Scandinavian Heritage Park, to be constructed at the site of People’s Park at 16th and Marine Drive. Applause erupted among attendees, many of whom were descendants of the …

Astoria City Council moves forward with Scandinavian Heritage Park

The Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association is rejoicing that it has finally reached an agreement with the Astoria City Council which will allow it to move forward with its plans for a monument honoring Scandinavian immigrants in the former People’s Park in downtown Astoria on the Riverwalk.  When the monument is completed, the park will be renamed Scandinavian Heritage Park. Fundraising …