Swedish American Museum

Swedish American Museum Through its arts, educational programs and permanent collection, the Swedish American Museum interprets the immigrant experience for children and adults.
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The Swedish American Museum is a nonprofit museum and cultural center for the education, celebration and interpretation of Swedish American history and culture in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Due to COVID-19 and our desire to keep our community and staff safe, we are offering online shopping and curbside pickup services only for our museum store. We are also offering virtual personal shopping, by appointment only. For more information, check out the links below: http://swedishamericanmuseum.org/2.0/order-to-go/
https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/holiday-store/

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04/07/2021

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Now you see it – now you don't. SynVillan, or the Illusion Villa, is a spectacular house that blends in with its surroundings. It seems to levitate off the ground and the walls are covered with a polished patterned steel plate, which reflects the light and makes it look like the house disappears into nature. 🌳🪞

The house lies in Eriksberg Nature Reserve, 915 fenced hectares in the archipelago of Blekinge, south-east Sweden. @eriksbergviltochnatur is one of the largest safari parks in the Nordic region. Red deer, fallow deer, Père David’s deer, European bison, wild boar and mouflon sheep roam freely here. 🦌🦬🐗🐏

The Illusion Villa hovers over a feeding place where the animals come to eat. A glass slab in the floor lets visitors get a very close, but unintrusive look at the animals from above. 👀

#dreamnowvisitlater

Photo: Angelica Zander/www.eriksberg.se/press

Come meet the creators behind our current exhibit: "Five Artists". Our online event will allow you to break off into vir...
04/07/2021

Come meet the creators behind our current exhibit: "Five Artists". Our online event will allow you to break off into virtual groups with each individual artist. For more information or to register, click here: http://ow.ly/HV8E50Ej56p

#OnThisDay in 1974, ABBA won the 19th Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in Brighton, United Kingdom with "Waterloo." Sw...
04/07/2021

#OnThisDay in 1974, ABBA won the 19th Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in Brighton, United Kingdom with "Waterloo." Sweden won again in 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012 and 2015.

There is still time to sign up for this amazing lecture! For more information, check out our website: https://swedishame...
04/06/2021

There is still time to sign up for this amazing lecture! For more information, check out our website: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/event/breaking-boundaries-a-conversation-with-jason-and-marcus/

How can you break down boundaries? They can be small boundaries, like saying hello to a stranger as you pass each other on the sidewalk (six feet apart and masked, these days!). They can be big ones, like the divides between social groups and political parties. They can be geographical, too—like the physical distance between America and the Nordic countries, for example.

Join Nordic-American hip-hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité and chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson online this Thursday as they talk about how they break down boundaries themselves with their podcast, This Moment. Make sure to get tickets to this exclusive chance to hear from two great Nordic-American artists: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/event/breaking-boundaries-a-conversation-with-jason-and-marcus/

Thursday, April 8, 10am PST. In partnership with Swedish American Museum, American Swedish Institute, and American Swedish Historical Museum 🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪

Breaking boundaries - https://mailchi.mp/samac/exploreswedishtraditions-1555770
04/06/2021
Breaking boundaries

Breaking boundaries - https://mailchi.mp/samac/exploreswedishtraditions-1555770

Hip-hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité and Chef & Restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson host the podcast “This Moment” that examine the fascinating current events through the lenses of their respective current countries (Sweden and USA), their deep roots in both places and the thoughtfulness of t...

Don't miss out on this exciting talk with hip hop artist Timbuktu and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson on April 8! Both wi...
04/05/2021

Don't miss out on this exciting talk with hip hop artist Timbuktu and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson on April 8! Both will discuss their podcast This Moment. For more information, check out our website: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/event/breaking-boundaries-a-conversation-with-jason-and-marcus/

Our friends at the Swedish American Museum are hosting a conversation with hip hop artist Timbuktu and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson on April 8 to talk about their podcast, This Moment. In This Moment, Diakité and Samuelsson are able to examine current events through the lenses of their respective current homes—Sweden and the US—as well as their positions as respected creatives.

This talk will share the road to This Moment, and how everyone can find their way forward in this current climate. https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/event/breaking-boundaries-a-conversation-with-jason-and-marcus/

#OnThisDay in 1899, Swedish-American environmentalist, Sigurd F. Olson, was born. An author and advocate for the protect...
04/04/2021

#OnThisDay in 1899, Swedish-American environmentalist, Sigurd F. Olson, was born. An author and advocate for the protection of wilderness, Olson served for more than 30 years as a wilderness guide in the lakes and forests of the Quetico-Superior country of northern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario.

#OnThisDay in 1998, "Ten Artists from Gothenberg Sweden" opened at the Museum. This Gothenburg Committee of Chicago Sist...
04/02/2021

#OnThisDay in 1998, "Ten Artists from Gothenberg Sweden" opened at the Museum. This Gothenburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International exhibit included painting, ceramics, textiles, sculpture and jewelry, all from the artists' studios in a former tuberculosis hospital in Gothenberg. Pictured here is a piece by Ami Lanmark, one of the artists featured at the exhibit.

Join us on April 10th at noon to learn how to create beautiful ceramic creations at home. This virtual class will be hos...
03/31/2021

Join us on April 10th at noon to learn how to create beautiful ceramic creations at home. This virtual class will be hosted by Hans Öhman - an artist in Sweden who works with a variety of materials. Some materials will be required. To learn more: http://ow.ly/O2B550Edu1T

#OnThisDay in 1999, our exhibit was "With Hired Car and Camera: Through Dalarna in 1910." It featured 40 photographs of ...
03/31/2021

#OnThisDay in 1999, our exhibit was "With Hired Car and Camera: Through Dalarna in 1910." It featured 40 photographs of Swedes by August Leon and Anders Beer Wilse, such as the one pictured here. After being commissioned by French financier Albert Kahn, veteran postcard photographer, Leon, and Norwegian photographer Wilse, used the relatively new technology of the Lumiere brothers' autochrome photographic plates to capture the images of people from all over the world, such as these taken in what was then referred to as the "back country" of Sweden

April Events - https://mailchi.mp/samac/w64vpi5hnl-1555758
03/31/2021
April Events

April Events - https://mailchi.mp/samac/w64vpi5hnl-1555758

Hip-hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité and Chef & Restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson host the podcast “This Moment” that examine the fascinating current events through the lenses of their respective current countries (Sweden and USA), their deep roots in both places and the thoughtfulness of t...

Place your pre-order for Swedish Cinnamon Rolls by  6 P.M. TONIGHT for pick-up tomorrow! One of many Swedish Easter brun...
03/30/2021

Place your pre-order for Swedish Cinnamon Rolls by 6 P.M. TONIGHT for pick-up tomorrow! One of many Swedish Easter brunch essentials available in our Museum Store 🐰

Shop online on the Order To-Go page on our Website, or call to order at 773-728-8111
https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/order-to-go/

#OnThisDay in 1638, the Kalmar Nyckel anchored in Delaware Bay, where New Sweden became the first Swedish settlement in ...
03/29/2021

#OnThisDay in 1638, the Kalmar Nyckel anchored in Delaware Bay, where New Sweden became the first Swedish settlement in North America. A replica of the Kalmar Nyckel, pictured here, was launched in Wilmington, Delaware in 1997.

#OnThisDay in 1929, the Chicago Stadium opened. Designed by Swedish immigrant Eric Edwin Hall of Hall, Lawrence & Ratcli...
03/26/2021

#OnThisDay in 1929, the Chicago Stadium opened. Designed by Swedish immigrant Eric Edwin Hall of Hall, Lawrence & Ratcliffe, Inc., the stadium, known as the Madhouse on Madison, was home to both the Bulls and Blackhawks until it was demolished in 1995.

Jelena Todorovich, a local artist, will be teaching an online class in papier-mâché during CPS spring break. Over the sp...
03/26/2021

Jelena Todorovich, a local artist, will be teaching an online class in papier-mâché during CPS spring break. Over the span of three classes you will learn how to make your own Dala horse out of an old cereal box! The classes will be held Monday (3/29), Wednesday (3/31) and Friday (4/2) at 5 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, follow this link: http://ow.ly/4mL250E7HyT

#OnThisDay in 1993 for the launch of the Linné recital program, we presented "Treasures of Scandinavian Music" — a conce...
03/25/2021

#OnThisDay in 1993 for the launch of the Linné recital program, we presented "Treasures of Scandinavian Music" — a concert by singer Elizabeth Torolphi. Accompanied by pianist Denis Moffat, she performed to a near standing room audience. The event was co-sponsored by the Swedish-American Historical Society.

"How to Find the Unknown Father” by Geoffrey Fröberg MorrisMany Swedish researchers reach a stumbling block in their res...
03/25/2021

"How to Find the Unknown Father” by Geoffrey Fröberg Morris

Many Swedish researchers reach a stumbling block in their research when they discover a birth record of an ancestor where the mother is unmarried and the father’s name is not given. Can one find out who the father is so one can continue the research? Geoffrey Morris will present strategies in how to overcome this obstacle in his presentation “How to Find the Unknown Father”.

Geoffrey Fröberg Morris AG has been doing Swedish genealogical research for over 35 years. He has been employed for 20 years at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a Nordic research specialist. Among his work assignments, Geoff has helped thousands of people search for their Swedish ancestors, engaged in many archival visits in Sweden, authored hundreds of pages into the Family Search Wiki and routinely presents at conferences. He is the author of the book, A Practical Guide to Swedish Church Records for Genealogy and Family History, which was published in 2020.

Cost is free for the Swedish American Museum’s Genealogical Society members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations required and can be made via email to [email protected] or by calling 773.728.8111 for members. Non-members can use the PayPal button by following the link: http://ow.ly/eMGi50E7EqU

#OnThisDay in 1994, this Viking ship replica was moved from Lincoln Park to a West Chicago site. Two years later, it was...
03/24/2021
Friends of the Viking Ship

#OnThisDay in 1994, this Viking ship replica was moved from Lincoln Park to a West Chicago site. Two years later, it was moved to Good Templar Park in Geneva, Illinois where it can be found today. The replica was built in Norway, copied after the ancient Viking ship Gokstad. In 1893, the Viking sailed from Norway to Chicago via the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes to become one of the greatest attractions at the World's Columbian Exposition. Learn more by visiting www.vikingship.us

The Viking is an exact replica of the Gokstad. In 1893, under Captain Magnus Andersen, she sailed across the Atlantic (from Bergen, Norway to New York) and on to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago (via the Erie Canal and Great Lakes).

Come to get cinnamon rolls and dream cookies for curbside pickup at the Swedish American Museum! Order by Thursday, Marc...
03/24/2021

Come to get cinnamon rolls and dream cookies for curbside pickup at the Swedish American Museum! Order by Thursday, March 25th by 6:00 p.m. to get your order this Friday! For more information, follow this link: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/order-to-go/

Come to the Swedish American Museum Store to stock up on all your Easter essentials! Either order online for curbside pi...
03/24/2021

Come to the Swedish American Museum Store to stock up on all your Easter essentials! Either order online for curbside pickup, or visit us during our open hours! For more information, go here: http://ow.ly/f5jW50E7BRq

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03/24/2021
Upcoming events

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This week the Museum is baking cinnamon rolls as well as cardamom dream cookies and regular dream cookies. If you haven’t tried then before here is your chance. A small bag is only $5.

#OnThisDay in 2013, our exhibit “Entangled Routes” opened. Artists Corinne D. Peterson and her sons, Tim Klassen and Ste...
03/21/2021

#OnThisDay in 2013, our exhibit “Entangled Routes” opened. Artists Corinne D. Peterson and her sons, Tim Klassen and Stephen Klassen, displayed pieces of mixed media art rooted in Scandinavian heritage and their personal experiences of the landscape, people and myths of the North.

#OnThisDay in 2011, the Hollywood version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig was...
03/19/2021

#OnThisDay in 2011, the Hollywood version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig was released in the U.S. Based on Swedish writer Stieg Larsson's novel of the same name. The American version was made two years after the Swedish film starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist.

#OnThisDay in 1993, "Scandinavian Masters" returned for our spring exhibit and featured the works of 10 well-known artis...
03/18/2021

#OnThisDay in 1993, "Scandinavian Masters" returned for our spring exhibit and featured the works of 10 well-known artists, including Per Ekstrom, Oscar Bergman, and others.

03/18/2021

This fundraiser for the Swedish American Museum is a great place to find gently used items from jewelry and collectibles to furniture and children’s toys and more! You don’t have to be Swedish or Swedish-American to find some great finds at this event. Whether you are a serious shopper, a dedicated collector or a bona fide antique dealer, this event is not to be missed. Entrance is free and open to the public!

Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Family Events - https://mailchi.mp/samac/exploreswedishtraditions-1555750
03/17/2021
Family Events

Family Events - https://mailchi.mp/samac/exploreswedishtraditions-1555750

Join us online for some Swedish Easter crafts. Learn how Easter is celebrated in Sweden and make some fun crafts together. A craft boxwith supplies can be picked up at the Museum starting Tuesday, March 23 (the doors are closed Tuesday - Thursday but call 773.728.8111 and someone will bring the box....

Start your weekend with cinnamon rolls and cardamom bread from the Swedish American Museum! Freshly baked orders have to...
03/17/2021

Start your weekend with cinnamon rolls and cardamom bread from the Swedish American Museum! Freshly baked orders have to be made by Thursday at 6 p.m. Pickup will be on Friday noon – 4 p.m. For more information: http://ow.ly/ONj550E1mfM

The kitchen garden has served many functions in Sweden but mainly as an extra food source, first in the upper classes’ k...
03/16/2021

The kitchen garden has served many functions in Sweden but mainly as an extra food source, first in the upper classes’ kitchen, later for everyone. Join us for an enthralling lecture on Sunday, March 21st at 12:00 p.m. More details here: http://ow.ly/EreT50DZBaw

#OnThisDay in 1996, our special exhibit "Stockholm: Midsummer Light" opened and featured a collection of photos by Kent ...
03/15/2021

#OnThisDay in 1996, our special exhibit "Stockholm: Midsummer Light" opened and featured a collection of photos by Kent Bailey.

Upcoming events CORRECTION - https://mailchi.mp/samac/exploreswedishtraditions-1555746
03/15/2021
Upcoming events CORRECTION

Upcoming events CORRECTION - https://mailchi.mp/samac/exploreswedishtraditions-1555746

Most parents struggle to make the family puzzle pieces fit together, and at the same time they often face gender stereotypes. This has become even more apparent during the pandemic as many are working from home and others have decided to focus entirely on the family. The New York....

#OnThisDay in 1860, A.E. Norman, architect of Lind Hardware and Ebenezer Lutheran Church, was born. Opening in August 19...
03/13/2021

#OnThisDay in 1860, A.E. Norman, architect of Lind Hardware and Ebenezer Lutheran Church, was born. Opening in August 1905, the original building featured a three story Classical revival façade, composed of 2 story fluted pilasters and a balustrade cornice. The Lind Hardware Building became home to our Museum in 1987.

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Clark Street CTA bus No. 22 and Foster Avenue bus No. 92 stop within 150 feet of the Museum. The CTA Red Line EL train stops at Berwyn. Our parking lot is located at the corner of Ashland and Foster, a half-block from the Museum. Limited spaces available on a first-come basis.

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The Swedish American Museum is a nonprofit museum and cultural center for the education, celebration and interpretation of Swedish American history and culture in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Limited parking for Museum visitors is located at our lot on Ashland and Foster, a half-block from the Museum.

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How will you celebrate Easter this year? Maybe try a Swedish Easter in a Box - delivered to your home.
So today I decided to make an old favorite from childhood...Pytt i Panna. Now ours as fried red skin potatoes, diced onions...salt pepper and some allspice...then chunks of braunschweiger and broken pieces of hardtack..fried in butter of course. So took me bak..it was delicious..when I looked it up on here no recipes were like mine. Anyone else use the braunschweiger??
I am sending you pictures of my GGgrandmother's (?) linen wall hanging which has been in my family for 175 years. We are unsure when it was made. We would like to have a museum take and display it because my 95 year old mother wants to cut it up and give everyone in the family a piece of it, which I don't want to see done. Are you interested in it? It is 5 feet wide and 25-30 feet long with fringe on one side. Do you know of any museum that would display it? Please contact me for details. [email protected]
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If I bought a ticket but can't come tonight for the book event can I pick up the book later at the museum?
My apologies in advance if this posting is not appropriate for this site. My husband, several of my cousins and I plan to travel to Sweden September, 2020. We want to visit the area where my paternal grandfather was born and raised. I hope that we might also make contact with relatives that still reside in the area. Since I have no information about those Swedish relatives I am at a loss to know how to proceed and seek your assistance. Here is what I know about my grandfather: Name – Manne Rask; Resided – Farm near Ryssbalt, Neder-Kalix, Sweden; Born – 1-20-1891; Immigrated to US – 11-26-06 on SS Caronia, Cunard Line through Ellis Island; Parents – Carl John Rask and Anna Margaret Oberg Rask; siblings: Nels John, Oscar, Carl Udvig, Erick August, and Esther Margaret. I believe that Esther Margaret immigrated to Chicago.
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