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.