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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E — A M E R I C A N S W E D I S H I N S T I T U T E — MINNEAPOLIS The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis started out as the residence of Swan Turnblad, a local editor and Swedish immigrant. The Turnblad family donated their home to become a cultural center to celebrate their Swedish heritage in 1928. The institute and its 2012 addition, the Nelson Cultural Center, offers a schedule of workshops that change twice a year for groups interested in learning slöjd, a method of Swedish handicraft where the artist creates objects entirely by hand or using only simple tools. Slöjd workshops at the institute include felting and needlework, woodcarv- ing, leatherworking and glass mosaics, among others. Groups that choose to do the leatherworking workshop will learn about how to choose leather, the different tools used, sewing a traditional saddle stitch and how to finish their piece, before going on to create their own card case, wallet or journal cover. Travelers can also create items like handmade cutting boards from the woodcarving workshop, and trivets or sun catchers from the glass mosaics class. During winter, the mansion is decorated for Sankta Lucia's Day and the Christmas season, and special classes are offered to created birch bark ornaments. Groups visiting the institute will enjoy adding one of the many tours to see the mansion's elegant architecture and Scandinavian details, or taking an intro to Swedish class. The award-winning Fika cafe serves New Nordic cuisine and a seasonal menu that highlights Swedish traditions, making it a great way to round out your visit with a bite to eat. W W W. A S I M N .O RG 4 — N O R D I C H E R I T A G E M U S E U M — SEATTLE The Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood is located in the old school building of the historically Scandinavian area of the city. The Craft School at the museum offers a schedule of workshops, with spring and fall classes available. Past classes have included knitting, beer-making, baking and Scandinavian table dressing. Rosemaling — Scandinavian-style painting — and Viking/dragon-style or acanthus woodworking class series are offered throughout the year. Groups visiting during the summer season can learn how to make flag balls, based on Japanese temari balls. Temari were originally adapted from Chinese leather balls used by nobles to play games but grew to be a traditional art form in Japan. Temari are fabric balls tightly wrapped with more strips of fabric, then sewn with intricate designs in brightly colored threads. Today the art has been incorporated into many cultures and transformed to represent more than just the original Japanese heritage. During the temari workshop at the museum, participants will make a flag ball sewn in the temari style; but then they will learn how to decorate it and sew the flag of one of the Scandinavian countries — Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland or Finland — onto its surface. During Christmastime at the museum, there are also special events and workshops such as traditional Scandinavian baking workshops and workshops where groups can make woven paper hearts or felted hearts, traditional orna- ments in many Scandinavian countries. The new Nordic Museum complex is set to open in 2018 on nearby Market Street in the historic Scandinavian Ballard neighborhood. W W W. N O R DIC M U S EU M .O RG 5 In just one day, more than 300 volunteers from 80 companies donated nearly $50,000 in volunteer labor hours to national and state parks in New York and New Jersey. Ad space generously donated. Find out more at TourismCares.org Join forces with 160+ member companies and 13,000+ travel professionals to amplify your giving and marketing, and inspire your employees. GIVE BETTER TOGETHER