Exploring Viking Winter Life: Geneva History Museum Hosts Insightful Lecture Series


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Geneva, IL, Nov. 14, 2023 – Dave Nordin, vice president of Friends of the Viking Ship, captivated an audience at the Geneva History Museum during his presentation, “Winter Life in Viking Times.”  The event, marking the conclusion of the museum’s fall three-part Brown Bag monthly lecture series, delved into the Vikings’ winter experiences. 

Speaking on their survival strategies, Nordin detailed their housing, food preservation, clothing, and festive activities like the Yule Fest. He highlighted how Vikings, renowned for their seafaring prowess, also thrived as craftspeople, merchants, and farmers, producing necessities for survival in harsh Scandinavian winters. The event also touched on the Vikings’ raiding practices for resource acquisition during winter months. 

Nordin’s insights offered a comprehensive view of Viking life during winter in Northern Europe, emphasizing their adaptability and resilience. To learn more about exhibitions and programs at the Geneva History Museum, visit their website.


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