Author: Cynthia Elyce Rubin

Cynthia Elyce Rubin
Cynthia Elyce Rubin, PhD, travel editor, is a visual culture specialist, travel writer, and author of articles and books on decorative arts, folk art, and postcard history, who collects postcards, ephemera, and early photography. See

Door County, Wisconsin

Cynthia Elyce Rubin takes us on a journey through Wisconsin’s Door County, jutting out into Lake Michigan and full of Scandinavian food and festivity.

Searching for Santa Claus?

Cynthia Elyce Rubin went searching for Santa Claus at his workshop in Rovaniemi, Finland, where she also fulfilled a dream to ride a reindeer-pulled sleigh.

Vintage Christmas

Cynthia Elyce Rubin reviews a collection of the photographs of Anders Beer Wilse, famed Norwegian immigrant photographer who documented the American West.

Blaafarveværket: the Cobalt Works & Mines

From 1773 to 1893, the Cobalt Works and Mines at Blaafarveværket were the workplace of thousands of people who supplied the world with stunning blue pigment primarily for use in the porcelain industry. Today, you can visit and learn about its history at an award-winning museum.

Wintertime magic exploring the fjords

Travel from Myrkdalen to Flåm, a great hub to explore winter activities with its unique location and travel network, allowing you to combine mountain and fjord within an hour. Many activities are available every day this winter, including Christmas and New Year’s. It may be late for 2018 but never too early for 2019.

Go Viking to Scotland: part three

A highlight of Cynthia Elyce Rubin’s Orkney adventure was meeting guide extraordinaire, Ragnhild (Raggie for short) Ljosland. She hails from Trondheim and first became interested in immersing herself in history through live-action role-playing, or LARP as she calls it.


On writing history

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA) held its Biennial Meeting and Seminar on Writing History and Memoirs at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.