Steve and Linda Sander's Trip to Finland
Saturday, June 9, 2001 -- AM
Munsala is where many of Linda's ancestors lived. The farm museum showed what life
was like in the times of her great grandmother and great grandfather.
Finland's Svenska Skolmuseum - Jarl and Kim took us to this museum housed in the normal school that
Anders Svedberg, Linda's great great uncle, founded in 1856 when he started the Finish public
school system. Behind the museum they were building a stage for a play about Svedberg's life.
There was a tour going on, also about Svedberg's life. Kim translated, but we wished we could
understand Swedish. Anders Svedberg is known as an educator and journalist. He began preaching
when he was eleven. He began teaching at fourteen. He wrote a law book on estate law at twenty.
He became a representative to the legislature in Helsinki soon after. On his boat trip to Helsinki
he stopped at each town to promote the idea of starting a public school system and to recruit
students for the normal school. In addition to teaching teachers how to teach, he also wrote hundreds
of textbooks, and created the curriculum for the schools. Some members of the audience had used
these books in school. The basic curriculum is still used today. Svedberg also was a great journalist,
published hundreds of articles in many newspapers, and was publisher of a couple newspapers.
He later became a judge, and he was given the right to preach at the cathedral in Turku.
He died at age fifty-six.
Munsala has a huge church (for a small town) with the largest pipe organ in Finland
-- it is believed that the plans sent by
the King of Sweden were the wrong plans, but the people of the town built it, anyway.