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Midsommar: Welcoming Summer the Traditional Way

Midsommar is the biggest holiday of the year in Sweden. Join us and celebrate the coming of summer the traditional way. Art, music, food and more.

In 1851 Swedish adventurer Erik Petterson climbed the bluff behind Stockholm, saw Lake Pepin spreading out before him, and declared it the ideal site for a settlement. In the next year he made his first land purchase and two years later, he and his brother Jacob each brought over a party of immigrants. The land along a recess in the shoreline was surveyed, and in 1856 Stockholm was officially born.

In short order, the village became a stopover for Scandinavian immigrants to western Wisconsin as well as a thriving farming center. At its population peak of 280 in 1880, it boasted three general stores, two hardware stores, and two blacksmith shops. In 1886 the railroad connected the village to farms and commercial centers up and down the river.

As the rural population began to dwindle after World War I, the village stayed alive with grain warehousing and brokerage, clamming activity, a commercial fishing operation, ice harvesting for a wide radius of cities, and dealerships in newly mechanized farm machinery.

After World War II, the flight to the cities and loss of the railroad station nearly took Stockholm off the map. But the beauty and tranquility of the land was not lost on a new generation of visitors. Starting in the 1970’s, artists and urban outsiders began to trickle into the village and surrounding countryside, reviving old storefronts and homes and creating a vibrant cultural life. A new breed of entrepreneurs arrived on their heels, each attuned to the possibilities of a unique merchant community, responsive to the melding of Swedish heritage, natural beauty, and the hum of artistic activity.

We cherish the rich heritage and history of our village and love sharing it with visitors. We invite you to join us Saturday, June 21, and welcome the coming of summer in the traditional way.

Midsommar Festival will feature Swedish folk music, crafting classes, demonstrations in the Stockholm Museum, Swedish dishes in the restaurants and flowers everywhere. The day climaxes with the decoration, parading and raising of the Midsommarstang (Maypole) in the heart of the village. Find more details here.