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Today is Syttende Mai, Norwegian Constitution Day. This is usually a big deal in Ballard, now considered a Seattle neighborhood that used to be (and still should be) its own entity. But thanks to the restrictions on free association and public gatherings, Syttende Mai is a silent affair this time around.

There’s no parade, no packed museum, none of the usual parties in the parking lots, yards, and bars around Ballard. After 130 years of proudly celebrating Norwegian heritage, this happy annual event is on hold. It was that long ago that my Norwegians came to the area. My great-grandmother, born soon after her parents arrived in this country, spoke Norwegian and I love honoring her family at Syttende Mai each year.

Per the National Nordic Museum, our local 17th of May Committee has still pulled off a virtual Syttende Mai. It starts within the hour… I hope that the museum and the committee are okay with me posting this information. I don’t see it on their websites; it came in email form. I’m assuming we still want as many people to participate as possible so am taking the chance of posting this part of the museum’s email online. If there are any objections please let me know.


From the museum:

Seattle’s 17th of May Committee has worked hard to bring several virtual ways to celebrate to our community! You can join them online for speeches, a concert, and a singalong on May 17th.
12pm—Speeches and Virtual Skål
With 17th of May Committee chair-person Anne-Lise Berger; Honorary Consul Viggo Forde; virtual grand marshal General Consul Jo Sletbak; His Majesty King Harald; Honorary Consul Viggo Ford, and more.
Link to join

1pm—Hardanger Concert
With The Norwegian American
Link to join

4pm—Syttende Mai Singalong
With Leif Erikson Lodge
Link to join 
(There is a meeting ID needed… I’m hesitant to publish this given the Zoom bombing going on. You might want to contact the lodge for log-in info.)

Share your at-home celebrations with Leif Erikson Lodge on Facebook!

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Now more than one hundred years old, Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington is home to a 1918 statue of Lincoln by Alonzo Victor Lewis.

One recent evening I paid a visit to Mr. Lincoln as the evening sun blazed in the west just over the rooftops, which made picture taking challenging.

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But the shadows were fabulous.

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The sun behind Honest Abe was blinding so I positioned myself in front of his likeness in order to see. The result was a subtle halo…

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Stepping back farther I snapped this photo, at the time not realizing that the angle of the buildings made our 16th president appear to have wings.

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This is a more typical view.

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The inscription on the base was difficult to read. I couldn’t tell who erected the statue.

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There are so many years of deep and colorful history on these grounds. Generation upon generation has passed through here and many have already gone on to that brilliant realm where they actually get to meet the man behind the bronze visage.

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. -Abraham Lincoln

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