Thursday, August 16th

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Anna Altschwager, assistant director of guest experience at Old World Wisconsin, leads a discussion in Harmony Town Hall that's part a 90-minute immersive experience called "The Wisconsin Journey." The program offered this fall focuses on the immigrant journey to Wisconsin. A costumed facilitator will take small groups of visitors to three historic structures at Old World Wisconsin, putting guests in the shoes of an early immigrant from Sweden settling into the Swedish community that was forming at Lake Koshkonong in 1843.(Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

EAGLE - Except for a few meager possessions, Sophia Wallberg left everything behind when she left Sweden for New York and, eventually, Wisconsin, in 1843.

The 36-year-old Wallberg endured an arduous 10-week sailing from Europe to America. Wallberg left Sweden because her sister's fiancé, who later became a renowned ornithologist, couldn't marry her sister in their country so Wallberg traveled with them as a chaperone.