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Mission Statement
Preserve, Communicate, and Celebrate Scandinavian Heritage and Culture
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Scandinavian Heritage Foundation

The Scandinavian Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on the five Nordic nations -- Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. SHF is the catalyst in the Northwest for preserving authentic traditions and culture while celebrating modern Scandinavian life, culture and business. It is the "go to" regional resource for all things Nordic.


What's Happening in the Nordic Community?

The construction site for our cultural center is CLOSED to the public.
We continue to have problems with people attempting to "visit" our Cultural Center while it's still being built. Alarms have been triggered, the police have been called to the site, and arrests were very nearly made. PLEASE stay on the sidewalk if you want to see the progress at the Center with your own eyes! Even the parking lot is closed to the public, and the whole site is monitored by 24-hour video suveillance. You can keep yourself updated on the building's progress by looking at the Construction Updates page of this website, and you can look forward to seeing the building with your own eyes - from the inside! - at our big public Opening Celebration on the weekend of June 26-28!

Join us this Friday, April 3, for a free Friday Night Lecture titled "Under the Swastika: A Student's Experience in Occupied Norway during World War II." Portland resident Erik Brakstad will share the experiences of his father, Olav Brakstad, who was 18 when the Nazis invaded Norway in 1940. He was among 1500 University of Oslo students arrested in 1943, and narrowly escaped being sent to Germany. He spent 13 months in Grini, Norway's largest concentration camp. Upon release, he participated in the underground resistance until the end of the war. The presentation will include photographs Olav took during the occupation years. Lectures are held at 7:30pm in Room 171 of Cramer Hall on the PSU campus in downtown Portland.

Call for Volunteers: Landscaping Planting Brigade

Where: Site of our future Nordic Center - 8800 SW Oleson Rd
When: Saturday, April 11, starting at 9am (possibility of additional work on Sunday, April 12)
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We are seeking volunteers to assist with the planting of more than 1,000 small plants on the grounds of the new cultural center. Some hard labor will be required, but the plants are all less than one gallon in capacity each. If you are available to assist, please plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. Orientation and planting instruction will be given at 9:00 a.m. sharp. If you have shovels, trowels, wheelbarrows, rakes and brooms, please bring what you can. Gloves, hats and boots are suggested. Refreshments provided. 
Please note: the building itself is still under construction and will not be open for visitation. There will be portable bathrooms on the property.


Click here to see a list of all Nordic-themed Upcoming Events

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For Information, contact SHF at:
(503) 977-0275

Or stop by our new temporary office (in use while we build the Scandinavian American Cultural & Community Center on the Oleson Road property) on the second floor of the Roosevelt Building in The Commons medical office complex at 9370 SW Greenburg Rd. Tigard OR 97223.
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