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  • maineswedishcolony
    Dec 19, 2001
      For Immediate Release-- December 20, 2001

      Maine's Swedish Colony holds celebration of new cultural

      To introduce the new website of Maine's Swedish Colony, there
      will be a free public celebration on Sunday 20 January 2002,
      from 2:00-–4:00 p.m. at the New Sweden School. This informal
      gathering will include music, cultural displays, refreshments,
      and a demonstration of the website. The Colony
      invites everyone to stop in, visit with neighbors, share their
      cultural interests, and discuss future directions.

      Featured on the website is a cultural directory listing activities of
      over 400 people who have a connection to the Colony. The New
      Sweden Historical Society, Woodland Historical Society,
      Stockholm Historical Society, and Maine's Swedish Colony, Inc.
      are compiling this cultural directory with assistance from a
      Discovery Research grant from the Maine Arts Commission.
      To view the cultural directory and comment on the website, go to:

      John Hede, project director, says "We want the cultural directory
      to include information on the wide range of recreational, cultural,
      historic, folk, and arts practices of the community. We hope that
      the website will grow into a useful resource for schools,
      organizations, and individuals seeking to make
      connections in the community." A directory web page is available
      to anyone or any organization with a cultural connection to the
      area. A printed version of the directory is available at each local
      historical society.

      For those wishing to be listed in future editions, or for more
      information, please address comments and questions to
      Maine's Swedish Colony, Inc., P.O. Box 50, New Sweden, ME
      04762. Contact John Hede, project director, at 896-3177
      <jhede@...> or Bill Duncan, web designer, at 896-3461,

      The site also includes the online version of Maine's Historic
      1870 Swedish Colony: History, Map and Tourguide, which
      provides historical and visitor information on the whole colony
      area. There is also the Report on Discovery Research Fieldwork
      in the Swedish Colony by folklorist Michael Shippee.

      The cultural directory is funded in part by a grant from The Maine
      Arts Commission, the New Century Community Program, and
      the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency. The New
      Century Community Program is a collaborative initiative of seven
      cultural organizations providing matching grants and technical
      assistance to Maine communities. Funded by the people
      of Maine, the program seeks to assist towns in developing their
      cultural and educational resources.

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