Nordic Museum now known as National Nordic Museum

The Nordic Museum in Ballard is now officially the National Nordic Museum, thanks to a bill passed by Congress and signed by the president.

The bill, driven by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, is part of the Natural Resources Management Act, a broad package legislation of 110 total bills.

The Nordic’s designation is to recognize the museum’s work to preserve and educate the public about Nordic history, culture, and art. It’s the only museum in the U.S. that’s solely focused on Nordic immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

One of the biggest parts of the new legislation is the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Additionally, there’s legislation for Yakima River Basin restoration, new technology for fighting wildfires through the use of drones and GPS, improving volcano monitoring systems, and designating 1.5 million acres of land along I-90 from Ellensburg to Seattle as the Pacific Northwest’s first National Heritage Area.

“The Nordic Museum is a capstone of a long story about Nordic heritage in Seattle,” Senator Cantwell said in a statement. “Establishing the National Nordic Museum will help support local tourism and drive economic development as well as help further preserve our region’s Nordic history, and maritime and fishing heritage.”

Eric Nelson, CEO of the Nordic, says the designation, “acknowledges the hard work and investment that the local community has made in creating a world-class museum.” He also said it will be a big boost for tourism in Ballard, will help the museum generate support from the private sector, and will “stimulate economic and cultural bonds between the Nordic region and Washington State, and indeed the entire country.”


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Uncle Buck
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Uncle Buck

Uh oh, this is PROBLEMATIC.

Toad (of Toad Hall)
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Toad (of Toad Hall)

It’s a chance of a grand re-opening, with local luminaries invited to revel and imbibe!

Uncle Buck
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Uncle Buck

Of course they put “National” in pink to make it as rainbow pukey as possible.

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

UB – why do you post negative remarks about almost every post?

peckerwood
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peckerwood

Same question could be applied to you, my child.

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

UB – Why?

peckerwood
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peckerwood

One of the things I loved about the whole NHM opening kerfuffle is how quickly Mike O’Brien pivoted from decrying “the atrocity of White supremacy” in a tweet just a few days before to touting his own Scandinavia bloodline (the “O’Brien” is a dead giveaway), in another tweet just before real Scandinavians gave him the Fishermens’ Rush at the shipyard soiree.

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

I think it is wonderful that we have this museum in Ballard. We need more cultural and educational establishments in our neighborhood. We need more positive thought about our environment to create a more harmonious existence. Cultural bonds are positive steps, now we need more of them with more cultures, possibly with the cultures that were here before the white people.

Paintking
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Paintking

OMG what a bunch of hooey. Next post speak in plain English, so we can LOL at you better. Is this what a “higher education” brings us; pure psychobabbale? Being a vegan biker has NOTHING to do with virtue signaling, does it?

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

So, you want to attack me now?

Freja
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Freja

You are now triggered by full sentences? If reading is hard for you there are tutors who can help you.

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

Yup. Amazing culture and food brought in by people of different backgrounds. Lived in Ballard my whole life, and it’s so much better now than it ever has been.

Toad (of Toad Hall)
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Toad (of Toad Hall)

Agreed, hold the lutefisk🤓