Time Travelers: Museum Tour, Holiday Recipes and Activities (2020)


Watch the Time Travelers Holiday Video Part 2 for a lefse making demonstration!

We hosted the traveling exhibit, “New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota, 1825-1925” in 2017. We also had a volunteer make lefse for our Holiday Party in December that year.

Belgian Waffle Cookies are very popular in southwest Minnesota:

Here is one version of the cookies online. The shape is different. They are typically round.

Check out this local Facebook page about Belgian Waffle irons and cookies.


Check out these photographs and videos of the luminaries in the snow. Food coloring was used for these luminaries.

At the Holiday Party at the Museum in 2017, we had stations set up for guests to decorate ornaments and cards. We set up these activities during the season in 2018 and 2019. Very popular with families as they visited the Christmas Tree Walk and the museum.

Victorian Ornaments:

One simple activity we have put our for visitors to make is taking a piece of lace cut into a round circle large enough to cover a ball ornament. Tie the lace around the ornament at the top with ribbon. The lace can be embellished with stickers, glitter, etc.

Homemade Christmas Cards:

We have also set out vintage inspired holiday scrapbook paper and stickers along with ribbon, markers, etc. for visitors to make homemade Christmas cards.

In the museum’s collection, we have a Santa and Mrs. Claus that was made from the covers of Reader’s Digest magazines. The donor made these in the late 1960’s.

To read about this craft and to try making one, check out this website on Reader’s Digest Santa Claus.

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