The Washington County Historical Society will host an evening discussing the architecture of Swedish immigrants on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. The event is free to the public. Wendy Peterson Biorn, the Executive Director of the Carver County Historical Society to Hay Lake School & Johannes Erickson Log House Museums, will speak about what drew Swedish immigrants to the area, and the architectural legacy they left behind. Learn about the current preservation efforts underway at the Andrew Peterson Farm in Carver County. Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg used Peterson’s journal as a primary source for his emigrant book series. 

Petersen Biorn studied 19th century Swedish farmsteads and their structures, tools and furniture to create an interpretive handbook for the historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead in Carver County and visited the Ydre Municipality, where Andrew Peterson was from, and Eksjö and Vetlanda. Her research guided restoration efforts at the Andrew Peterson Farmstead. She received the Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship in 2016 from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

The craftsmanship and history of Erickson Log Home, which was built by Swedish immigrant Johannes Erickson and his son 150 years ago, will also be part of the discussion.  Participants will also receive a free guided tour of the 1879 Ladugård or Bank Barn at the Gammelgården Museum with proof of attending.

The Hay Lake School Museum and Johannes Erickson Log House are located at 14020 195th Street North, Marine on St. Croix. For more information, visit

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