Mission Statement of the ASF of Santa Barbara

The mission of ASFSB is to promote international understanding by preserving and sharing Scandinavian heritage and culture with our community.

ASF History

The American Scandinavian Foundation was established in 1910 by Neils Poulson, a Danish immigrant/industrialist, to conduct educational exchange between the United States and the Scandinavian countries.

For 36 years the Santa Barbara organization was a chapter of the ASF, headquartered in New York City. In 1983, along with other ASF chapters, American Scandinavian Foundation, Santa Barbara, incorporated in its own state.

Membership is open to any person interested in preserving and enhancing the appreciation of the Scandinavian heritage. Thousands of people across the United States join and celebrate the Scandinavian culture.

ASFSB also strives to organize and promote cultural events and activities for the membership and the community.

We welcome anyone interested in Scandinavian culture, the customs, art, music, history, and social life of the Nordic Countries. A Scandinavian ethnic background is not required.

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Message from the President

As President of The American Scandinavian Foundation I will strive to bring Scandinavians of Santa Barbara together to enjoy wonderful activities throughout the year.

First we will have our Christmas Party and Santa Lucia Pageant at The Montecito Country Club. We will also have our Silent Auction benefitting our Scholarship Fund. ASF gives out scholarships to Santa Barbara high school and college students each spring through The Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation.

Melitta Haslund

Past ASF Board

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