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Helene Gripenberg - från herrgårdsfru till donator

En av Hertonäs gårds långvariga husfruar var Helene Gripenberg (1851-1932). Hon var född i Uleåborg och utbildad pianolärare från Smola-institutet i S:t Petersburg innan hon slog sig ner i Hertonäs. Hon levde länge, blev 81 år gammal, och strax innan inbördeskriget inleddes tvingades hon bevittna mordet på sin make. Helene Gripenberg testamenterade Hertonäs gård till dess nuvarande ägare, föreningen Svenska Odlingens Vänner i Helsinge r.f. Läs mer nedan!Läs mera »
Daniela Fougstedt
19.11.2020 kl. 09:23

Helene Gripenberg - kartanonrouvasta lahjoittajaksi

Eräs Herttoniemen kartanon pitkäaikaisia kartanonrouvia oli Helene Gripenberg (1851-1932). Hän syntyi Oulussa ja kouluttautui Pietarin Smolna-opistossa pianon opettajaksi ennen kun hän asettui Herttoniemeen. Helene eli pitkän elämän 81-vuotiaaksi, mutta juuri ennen sisällissotaa hän joutui kokemaan aviomiehensä murhan. Hän antoi Herttoniemen kartanon testamenttilahjoituksena seuraavalle omistajalle, Svenska Odlingens Vänner i Helsinge r.f. -yhdistykselle. Lue lisää alla!Läs mera »
Daniela Fougstedt
19.11.2020 kl. 09:20

Helene Gripenberg - from Lady of the Manor to Mecenat

Helene Gripenberg (1851-1932) was one of the ladies of Hertonäs Manor who lived here the longest. She was born in Oulu, graduated from the Smola Institute in St. Petersburg, studied music in Dresden before becoming a piano teacher until she settled in Herttoniemi. She lived a long life, became 81 years old, and before the Civil War she had to witness the murder of her husband. She donated Hertonäs Manor in her will to its present owner, the society Svenska Odlingens Vänner i Helsinge r.f. Read more below!Läs mera »
Daniela Fougstedt
19.11.2020 kl. 09:09

Alla helgons dag i gott sällskap!

Förra veckoslutet firade vi Alla helgons dag på museet. Söndagen den 1 november var också sista gången vi hade museet öppet för besökare under denna säsong. För att fira säsongsavslutningen arrangerade vi program på Knusbacka museigård och i parken. Läs mer nedan!Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
04.11.2020 kl. 10:32

Pyhäinpäivä hyvässä seurassa!

Viime viikonloppuna juhlimme Pyhäinpäivää museolla. 1.11. oli myös kauden viimeinen päivä, jolloin olimme auki yleisölle tänä vuonna. Korostaaksemme tätä järjestimme pientä ohjelmaa Knusbackassa ja puistossa. Lue lisää alla!Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
04.11.2020 kl. 10:17

All Saint's in Good Company!

Last weekend we celebrated All Saint's Day at the museum. Sunday 1st was also the last day this year that the museum was open to the public. To highlight this we arranged a smallscale event at Knusbacka and in the park. Read more below!Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
04.11.2020 kl. 10:00

Hertonäs gårds thé – en unik blandning att avnjuta en kulen höstkväll!

Hertonäs gårds museum beslöt i våras att beställa en egen unik teblandning. Vandasällskapet hade nyligen gjort detta och kunde rekommendera detta också för oss. Resultatet blev – mycket gott! Teet finns till salu på museet. Läs mer nedan!Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
18.10.2020 kl. 09:03

Herttoniemen kartanon tee – uniikki sekoitus pimeneviin syysiltoihin!

Herttoniemen kartanon museo päätti keväällä tilata oman, uniikin teesekoituksen. Vantaa-Seura oli vastikään tehnyt vastaavaa ja ehdotti tätä myös meille. Tuloksesta tuli – vallan mainio! Teetä on myynnissä museossa. Lue lisää alla!Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
18.10.2020 kl. 08:57

Hertonäs Manor Museum’s Tea – a Unique Blend to Taste on a Cold Night!

Last spring Hertonäs Manor Museum decided to get its own unique teablend. Vantaa-Seura had recently done this and could recommend it for us as well. The result was – very tasty! The tea is on sale at the museum. Read more below! Läs mera »
Eva Ahl-Waris
18.10.2020 kl. 08:46

Morotskaka, Cajsa Wargs kokbok och Hertonäs gård

Hertonäs gårds värdinnas, Beata Sofia Wrangels, utgiftsböcker från 1820-talet finns bevarade. På basis av dem är det möjligt att gissa vad herrskapet åt och konsumerade. Möjligen kände Beata Sofia också till Cajsa Wargs recept, som hade blivit mycket populära efter att hennes kokbok utgavs på 1700-talet. Kanske man också åt morotskaka på Hertonäs gård? Läs mer nedan! Läs mera »
Ted Hellstén
26.09.2020 kl. 08:52

Helene Gripenberg - from Lady of the Manor to Mecenat

19.11.2020 kl. 09:09
Helene Gripenberg (1851-1932) was one of the ladies of Hertonäs Manor who lived here the longest. She was born in Oulu, graduated from the Smola Institute in St. Petersburg, studied music in Dresden before becoming a piano teacher until she settled in Herttoniemi. She lived a long life, became 81 years old, and before the Civil War she had to witness the murder of her husband. She donated Hertonäs Manor in her will to its present owner, the society Svenska Odlingens Vänner i Helsinge r.f. Read more below!

The marriage between Helene Gripenberg and John Bergbom lasted for 35 years. From this time in her life we lack sources. In her memoirs that she wrote in 1931, she finishes with stating that she reconnected with her second cousin and married him. “Thus my activities got another direction and my life meaning and worth.” She mentions that John held her dear during their marriage and did his best to even her path as she entered the new household and became lady of the manor. It was no easy task - it required a good sense of organizing.  The couple remained childless, which meant that Hertonäs Manor had no heir. Their solution to this problem was to donate the manor to the society Svenska Odlingens Vänner i Helsinge that still manages the manor today. 


Helene Bergbom (née Gripenberg, 1851-1932). Photo: SOV.

Helene passed away peacefully on December 15th 1932, but her husband suffered a terrible fate fifteen years earlier. In 1917 Finland was an autonomous part of the Russian Empire and the shortage of food as well as the political uprisings had increased during the ongoing First World War. The labour movement in Finland had become more powerful not only in Finland but also in the rest of Europe. The bad blood between the classes of society, i. e. between the whites (mainly the bourgois and the peasantry) and the reds (mainly the labourers and their supporters), increased. The two Russian revolutions in 1917 also caused more instability. This eventually led to the Finnish Civil War between the reds and the whites, fought in 1918 from January 27th to May 15th. One of the victims of these unstable times was Helene’s husband. 


John Bergbom (1850-1917). Photo: SOV.

One morning in November 1917 the old couple sat around the breakfast table on the second floor. Suddenly armed red guards broke into the manor. A short exchange of words between John and the guards ended in the shooting of the old man, who fell to the floor and died on the spot. Helene survived physically unharmed, and later on would only talk about the occasion as “the last terrible blow” in her memoirs. The more exact notes about what actually happened that morning derives from Helene’s brother, Lennart, who has described the happenings in a memorial over John in 1931. According to Lennart John had put his hands in the pockets of his housecoat during the conversation. This had alarmed the guard to think he was grabbing a gun, so they fired a bullet against him and shot him dead. 

After the murder Helene moved away from the manor and spent the rest of her life on Luotsikatu in Helsinki. Her brother Lennart and his wife and children lived in the same staircase and Helene spent her last years surrounded by her relatives.

Sources: 

Backman, Sigbritt: Hertonäs gård, från säterier till museum, Helsingfors 2016.
Bergbom, Helene: Minnen, Familjeupplaga, 1975. 
Morand-Löfving, Elisabeth: Kejserlig uppfostran, finländska flickors skolgång vid Smolna-institutet i S:t Petersburg, Helsingfors 2017.

Translation: EAW.

Daniela Fougstedt