October 6, 2007 - #81
Inauguration of A St Barth House In Sweden
Leg photo: Per Tingbrand, Marina Nyman,
Fredrik Helander, Fredrik Pettersson
and Roger Richter
The open-air Skansen Museum in Stockholm includes over 150 houses and farms that represent the kinds of homes Swedish people have lived in over the past three centuries. From an urban neighborhood representing the capital to the Skogaholm manoir by way of the Delso farm, the Segora church, and a Laplander hut, these traditional Swedish residences are presented in a 75-acre setting, which also includes a zoo with over 70 species of Scandinavian fauna. Two young Swedes remembered that during the better part of a century, St Barth belonged to the Swedish crown before the retrocession to France via the treaty of August 10, 1878. Four years ago, Fredrik Helander and Fredrik Pettersson—respectively an artist and an architect—suggested the idea of building a traditional St Barth “case,” or small house, in Skansen. The management of the museum liked the idea and in November 2003, the artist and the architect spent two weeks in St Barth to do research on the traditional houses of the era, the type building materials used, and the daily life on the island in the 17th century
They project was completed this past summer when their traditional St Barth house was inaugurated on August 4 at the Skansen museum. Among the many celebrated people on hand to congratulate the talented young men were Per Tingbrand, the Swedish historian fascinated by St Barth, Marina Nyman, the widow of Olle Nyman, the late president of the Sallskappet association who passed away in 2006, and Roger Richter, the current president of the association which is also called The Friends of St Barth in Stockholm. The inauguration took place on an unusually hot and sunny Sunday, and in keeping with the traditions of St Barth, a professional musician was called upon to play a few notes on a conch shell, Marina Nyman was dressed in the island’s traditional long flowered cotton dress with a white pleated bonnet on her head, and the flag of St Barth fluttered on a tree branch, while mobile signboards depicted life in St Barth during the Swedish era. The house was simply furnished with a bed, a table and chairs, and a platter of tropical fruit. A young woman described the way of life during that époque.
For additional information about the Skansen museum:
www.skansen.se et www.kolonin.com
The COM Launches Its Official Web Site:
The official web site of the Overseas Collectivity of St Barth (COM) is up and running and includes information about the services at the Hotel de la Collectivité and its activities as well as an area called the “official journal” which presents the deliberations of the territorial council and the executive council, as well as the decisions made by the council president. There is also information about non-profit associations, an archive of minutes from former municipal council meetings, and a brief history of the island. On the drawing board is a newsletter that can be downloaded, as the council opted for an electronic version rather than a printed version that would be distributed to all residents.