Old Maine Swedish Farms features six residents of Maine’s Swedish Colony recounting their stories in Swedish of growing up on farms in the area while they are left to tell their tales.
From the April Fool’s Day jokes they played to the sadness they express over the disappearance of their farms, this film captures the lives of the Colony’s Swedish speakers during this fascinating chapter of Maine history. Interviews areconducted in Swedish by Scandinavian scholar, Dan Olson. Subtitles for the interviews are provided in English, while the beauty of the numerous dialects spoken by the last of the Swedish speakers are featured on the sound track.
Old Maine’s Swedish Farms was produced by Brenda Nasberg Jepson of Crown of Maine Productions.
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[Old Maine’s Swedish Farms originally aired on MPBN Community Films April 30, 2011.]