The home was built in the 1860’s by the Carl Linn family about a mile from it’s present location at the Ki Chi Saga Park. The Gerald and Urban Holt families donated the Nya Duvemåla house to the Historical Society in 1995. Since then, it has served as an educational and historical interpretive site playing host to more than a thousand visitors from throughout the world each year as well as local school field trips.
The Nya Duvemala has been staffed and maintained by a small group of dedicated volunteers who regularly lead tour groups, host open houses and work to enhance the visitor’s experience. Funding for the site relies primarily on visitor donations.
Vilhelm Moberg Novels
Swedish novelist, Vilhelm Moberg visited the Chisago Lakes area in 1948 and subsequently wrote his acclaimed series: The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers and Last Letter Home. Moberg’s fictional characters Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson were based on his research of real life Swedish settlers in the Chisago Lakes area. Since the publication of Moberg’s novels and the release of the resulting motion pictures, the Chisago Lakes Community has experienced ongoing tourist visits. The Karl Oskar House is a highlight of bus tours with the visitors often looking for specific items at the house that were noted in the books or the movies. The name of the house, Nya Duvemala, is a reference to Kristina’s fictional Swedish home. The king and queen of Sweden participated in the house dedication in 1996.