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January 2021

  Sandzen at 150 – Celebrating the Vision
January 17- March 7

  The Sandzén Gallery is planning a special comprehensive exhibition of works by Birger Sandzén that will open on January 17, 2021. The exhibition, Sandzén at 150: Celebrating the Vision, commemorates the artist's birth on February 5, 1871, and will showcase a multitude of works from the Gallery's permanent collection. A book is also being published to accompany the exhibition.   Birger Sandzén was born in Sweden and studied art in Stockholm and Paris prior to emigrating to Lindsborg, Kansas, in 1894 so that he could teach at Bethany College. He remained there for the remainder of his career, retiring in 1946. Throughout this period, and after he retired, he was a prolific painter and printmaker until his death in 1954. During his lifetime he completed in excess of 2600 oil paintings and 500 watercolors. He created 207 lithographs, 94 block prints and 27 drypoints - which when the editions are totaled amount to over 33,000 prints. In addition he was a consummate draftsman, filling over 80 sketchbooks.   The exhibition is generously underwritten by the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust and will continue through March 7, 2021   The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. We ask that visitors wear masks and practice appropriate social distancing. For more information about Birger Sandzén and the Sandzén Gallery visit or call (785) 227-2220. 

 Swedish Luau
January 30

  Because we love our island in the sun and...because no man is an island...and because we are all a bit over cabin fever, we bring you the 2021 Lindsborg Swedish Luau, with a few variations to maintain social distancing. We will not be “conga-ing” the Swedish meatball pig this year, but there will still be a LOT of fun AND we will be adding snow in Swensson Park to sculpt and play in! (We PROMISE we can make it snow!) Sign up your team of no more than 6 persons at to compete in the sculpting contest. There is a $20 entry fee per group and the winner...will receive something at least marginally fun. Ten spots available. Deets to follow on the Visit Lindsborg Facebook page. We are playing this a bit by ear this year!  If January 30 rains on our luau parade with weather for the tropics, the "miracle" of snow, provided by Snow Bros, will happen on a colder contingent weekend. Hope you join in the merriment!

  The Season for Semlor

  The semla or Lenten bun is a delicious, small, wheat-flour bun, flavored with cardamom and generally filled with almond paste and whipped cream. This Swedish treat generally makes its way into Swedish pastry shops soon after Christmas, much in the same way that Christmas decorations and music begin showing up earlier and earlier in American stores.  Fettisdag  or Shrove Tuesday is traditionally when the buns were eaten as part of a last celebratory feast before the Christian fasting period of Lent.  Initially, a semla was a simple bun, eaten soaked in hot milk and known as hetvägg . At some point Swedes added cream and almond paste to the mix and started eating semla every Tuesday between Shrove Tuesday and Easter. In Sweden, as the bakeries fill with semlor, the newspapers begin to share semla taste tests. “Experts” from across Sweden find this to be a great way to enjoy semlor, while sharing the best attributes of each recipe and where to find it. As a result, you can find semlor filled with everything from the traditional almond flavored cream to Nutella, with some bakeries evening branching out to try new shapes or cooking methods.  Semmelmannen, the anonymous Stockholm blogger, has become a favorite resource for semla tips in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city. From February 1 to Shrove Tuesday, Semmelmannen eats one semla (semla is a single bun and semlor is plural) per day at a different Stockholm bakery, reporting every detail from the quality of the baked bun and the consistency of the creamy filling to the overall appearance of his current selection. You can find his blog here . Click on the Google translate button to read it in English.  Find a basic semlor recipe from ScandiKitchen here and try this tasty, carb-laden treat in YOUR kitchen.

  Appreciating America’s Overlooked, Forgotten, and Discarded Post Office Murals
Lingering Expressions of Civic Pride

  Chiseled into gray granite of the James A. Farley Building, the main post office in New York City, are the words: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” So far during this pandemic, post offices have remained opened to serve the people throughout the country, though they are beginning to  buckle under the strain .  During the Great Depression, another time of national crisis, postal stations were used to inspire citizens. Public art in federal buildings, including post offices, was created by artists employed by the United States government to beautify the country. In one federal program, 1,400 post office murals were created in more than 1,300 cities and towns. “The murals boosted morale by celebrating local industry and historical events. Today these murals often go unnoticed, almost like real-life Easter eggs of art hidden across the country,” writes Texas-based photographer Justin Hamel  in an email. Hamel documented nearly 375 of these works of civic art while traveling across the United States. According to him, the local industries that are depicted in many of the paintings still drive the economies of the communities they grace: cotton in Camilla, Georgia, for example, or wheat in Anthony, Kansas.  Read more here...  The current Lindsborg Post Office was built in 1938 in the Classical Revival style and was added to the National Historic Register in 1989. A depression-era mural, titled Smoky River, by Swedish-born artist Birger Sandzén is in the lobby. Sandzén was paid $390 to paint this large mural in 1938. Sandzén also painted murals in the Belleville (1939) and Halstead (1941), Kansas post offices.  Find more of Sandzén's artwork during your next visit to Lindsborg at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, 401 N. 1st St. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Gallery is closed on Mondays and the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  The Kansas Sampler Foundation provides this complete list of Kansas Post Office murals.

  Fiber Artist, Shin-hee Chin
Until January 31

  Fiber artist, Shin-hee Chin , McPherson, KS, will be the Artist-In-Residence at the Red Barn Studio, 212 S. Main, Lindsborg, Friday, November 27 through Sunday, Jan 31, 2021. Chin, originally from South Korea, came to the United States in 1988. She has studied in Korea and the United States. Since 2005, she has taught at Tabor College. One of two major projects, as the Artist-in-Residence, will be “Splendor in the Grass,” which sets out to explore the beauty of prairie grasses, highlighting cultural and aesthetic roots of rural Kansas. It is imbuing the landscape with a ‘spirit of resonance’ or vitality. Through the imagery, Chin hopes to represent the KU School of Medicine-Salina’s unique cultural heritage and its vision for the future as an educational institution for excellent medical service professionals in rural Kansas and the surrounding area. The 2 nd project will be “Embracing the Void: Winds-scape in the Flint Hills” which will be exhibited in public, along with a music festival on June 5, 2021 at Peabody, Kansas. The location is intended to visualize the symbiotic relationship between nature and human beings through the outdoor installation in the natural setting. The project has been inspired by “Psithurism,” or the sound of wind whispering through the trees, symbolizing the long-lost intimate dialogues between human and nature. Utilyzing plastic woven nets and natural fibers, Shin-hee Chin plans to tentatively connect numerous existing trees in the site, envisioning the ideal and harmonious co-existence of human beings and their surrounding environment.   For more information, contact Red Barn Studio Museum at 785 227-2217 or . The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sat and Sun: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and by appt.

Nicole Thibodeau & Shannon Trevethan
January 15 - February 23

  “MONTAGE: THE FEMME FATALE SPEAKS” by Nicole Thibodeau & Shannon Trevethan opens on January 15 th at the Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center.   What does the Femme Fatale say? She lures men with her darkness and has power in times when no other woman would. What would she say? Throughout history, women have challenged patriarchal authority. Perhaps we are challenging the emphasis on traditional materials as being the most elevated way to engage in artistic dialogs. Perhaps we are challenging the stringent voice within our minds. Perhaps we are challenging the idea of "serious art."   “Femme Fatale, is about trying something new. This show has allowed us to have voices outside of the world of plein air painting. Exploration and experimentation have always been at the forefront of what inspires us. Collaborating for this show has been an exciting journey. From angel wings to termite-carved wood we are discovering and finding new combinations of objects to give voice to our creativity. Found objects are an important way to communicate while respecting our place in the natural world. The materials we use are often discarded in abandoned lots, found in the trash, in thrift stores, or discovered flattened in the street. We use these items as puzzle pieces, which form conversations with our works of art.   Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center is located at 105 main. Hours are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 1-5pm

  Still Time for Lights
Until February 1

  Feeling cabin fever set in or do you need just one more Christmas light drive by to make you happy? Hop in your car and enjoy an evening in Lindsborg. The holiday lights are especially pretty this year, with the talent of volunteers like Merle Larson, Mike Bray, Karmon Almquist and many "elves" that spent countless hours stringing, adjusting, and replacing bulbs. We think you will join us in celebrating their efforts! Lights will be on, for your enjoyment, until February 1.

  Lingonberry Chili
An Award-Winning Recipe

  Chili soup is a staple recipe in the winter, but how about making chili with a twist? Warm up with this award-winning recipe, straight from Lindsborg' mayor, Becky Anderson. Let us know what you think!   Lingonberry Chili  1 lb. ground beef 1 cup picante sauce 15oz. Refried beans 15 oz. diced tomatoes with juice 1 Tbs. chili powder 1 tsp. Minced garlic 16 oz. lingonberry 15 oz. kidney beans   Sauté beef and drain.Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil on the stovetop. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 45-60 minutes. Serve with your favorite chili toppings!Serves 6-8.  This recipe also works well when adjusted for slow cookers or instant pots.

  The History Behind Kansas Day
January 29

  Kansas Day was born in Paola in 1877. In the Paola public school 15 or 20 youngsters were studying United States history in Alexander LeGrande Copley's classroom, and on January 8, 1877, the lesson happened to be the battle of New Orleans. Intense interest was created in the class by the fact that 62 years before that, to the very hour, General Jackson's riflemen were peppering the British red-coats from behind the cotton bales. The whole school awoke to patriotism on that anniversary and decided to celebrate their pride in Kansas and its victories of peace.  So it was announced that an afternoon would be set apart for the study of Kansas - —its geography, its history and its resources; and the afternoon selected was January 29, 1877. For two weeks the students were busy outside of school getting together every available piece of information concerning Kansas. They searched encyclopedias, plied parents with questions, and stirred the whole community to furnish local history, statistics and valuable and interesting facts bearing upon that one subject.  The eventful day came. The blackboard extended three-quarters of the way around the room and was fairly covered by the pupils with careful drawings of the state seal and maps of the state, the county and township. The motto of the state was conspicuous in red and blue chalk. The banner counties in wheat, corn, oats, hay, cattle, hogs, horses, sheep and even mules were on the board. On the board were also the Kansas songs. One was Whittier's "Song of the Kansas Emigrant" . Another was Lucy Larcom's "The Call to Kansas."  Then there were short speeches by two or three boys — extracts from Horace Greeley and Charles Sumner. Questions in Kansas history, asked by one side of the room and answered by the other; first things in Kansas, such as the first printing press, the first school, the first railroad, the first capital, the first newspaper. There was one mistake-—the exercises should not have been held in the schoolroom, but in the largest hall in town, to accommodate the parents and friends who wanted to get in but couldn't.  In 1879 Copley became superintendent of the schools in Wichita, and, of course, the day was appropriately observed there. Meanwhile it was his hobby to attend the county teachers' institutes and at the state teachers' association meetings, held then every year in Topeka at the Christmas holidays and encourage the teachers to celebrate Kansas Day. A description of Copley's celebration appeared in the  Kansas Educationist . Newspapers of the state described the celebration as a Kansas institution.  The day after Thanksgiving, in 1882, the first Northwestern Teachers Association was held in Beloit. It was then and there decided that a small pamphlet should be published giving the concis e information about the state, songs and sample speeches suitable for the proper observance of the day. Del Valentine, of the  Clay Center Dispatch , printed the book. It was called Kansas Day  and contained 32 pages. Two thousand copies were printed.  At the next State Teachers Association in Topeka the booklet was a prominent feature, every teacher taking home o ne or more copies. Purchased copies went to 65 counties in the state.   --Kansas Historical Society  Today, Kansas Day is celebrated by teachers and students across the state. Studying at home? Download your customizable sunflower (the Kansas state flower) print by Lindsborg artist, Lee Becker , and celebrate Kansas Day!

Lindsborg Five-Star Stays
Safety with Our Guests in Mind

As you make plan for your next stay in Lindsborg, ask your lodging manager about their QCD: Quarantine, Clean, Disinfect Plan.You will find that you can rest assured that your overnight stay comes with a plan for your safety and well being. We truly are thinking of you first. Find links to your favorite overnight stays here .

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