Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Landing

Today my friend, Shirley, and I went to The Landing, in Skakopee, Minnesota. During December the various houses and other establishments in the village, are preparing for Hanukkah and Christmas. This is the earliest building at the Landing, 1845, French Canadian Fur Trading cabin.

Fur traders

Browning off the salt pork with onion in the fur traders cabin.

French Canadian fur trader

French Canadian wife of fur trader - 1845

Nativity scene in French Canadian fur trader's home. Notice the Indian visitors to the stable (on the left).

German settler

Early German settler at the kitchen table
Gorgeous roosters on the German farm

I loved this tree in the school house. We made paper chains for our trees when I went to school.

School teacher

Believe it or not, I had a school desk such as this when I was in second grade.
Doesn't this pot of potato soup look good?!

Kolaches and braided fruit bread adorn this Czech kitchen table.

Straw was strewn under this Czech Christmas tree. I found it interesting to see the gold painted walnut ornaments on this tree. My maternal grandma had the same on her Christmas tree.

Straw ornament in this Norwegian window

Norwegian woman checking for the doneness of a potato, sausage, cheese hot dish. She was baking this, and popovers, in a wood cook stove/oven.
Lefse, rosettes, fatiman, krumkake, and molded cookies in a Norwegian kitchen
A Norwegian Christmas tree. On Christmas eve, straw was brought into the living room to cover the floor. The entire family, guests, and hired help all slept on the floor that night to show equality. Special food was given to the stock to honor them.

Shirley, outside the Czech Church

Santa and the village actors in the church Christmas pageant

This tree was in the English home. The English family was the wealthiest family in the village. They had electricity and radiators. Their maid told us not to bother going to the Irish home/boarding house, as the Irish were dirty people and their house was disgusting (We found this partly true.).

I wasn't aware of ribbon candy being of English origin.

English plum pudding and crackers

The dry sink and water pump in the English home reminded me of Great Aunt Ett's kitchen. Aunt Ett and Uncle Johnny lived in Butternut, Minnesota. We loved going to their farm! They had little, or no, electricity. Aunt Ett cooked with a wood cook stove and made delicious meals.

Chicken pot pie just being taken from the wood stove oven in this Moravian home.

Skating pond
One of two reindeer

I would have loved shopping in the General Store!

Clerk in the General Store
Beautiful Belgian horses, donning bells, pulled the wagon.

Notice the straw on the floor, under the Swedish Christmas tree. The straw ornaments help to bring light into the house. On Christmas eve, the children slept on the straw under the tree, saving their beds for the Holy family. Cookies are a popular item on the trees.

A Jewish dining room table.

Inside the Jewish home, a menorah in the window is ready for Hannakuh, which starts on December 20 this year. This is the first time I have been in a Jewish home.


I Love Barbershop said...

Looks like a neat place, I'm glad you were able to visit.

MamaD4 said...

Gosh, I didn't know there was so much to do there...we always drove by the place on our way "somewhere else", but we never stopped! How interesting.

Di at the shore said...

Sounds like a fun day! I still have one of the painted gold walnuts from Grandma Austin. It hangs on my tree every year!