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.

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.

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#OnThisDay In 1989, our exhibit was Doris Funcke's textile art. Ms. Funcke is a well-known Swedish artist whose creation...
09/17/2021

#OnThisDay In 1989, our exhibit was Doris Funcke's textile art. Ms. Funcke is a well-known Swedish artist whose creations can be seen in many Swedish official buildings and in exhibitions throughout Scandinavia.

#OnThisDay In 1989, our exhibit was Doris Funcke's textile art. Ms. Funcke is a well-known Swedish artist whose creations can be seen in many Swedish official buildings and in exhibitions throughout Scandinavia.

Come by the Museum this weekend and enjoy some fika! The Summer Café will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout...
09/17/2021

Come by the Museum this weekend and enjoy some fika! The Summer Café will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout our celebration weekend (Sept. 17 - 19)

Come by the Museum this weekend and enjoy some fika! The Summer Café will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout our celebration weekend (Sept. 17 - 19)

#OnThisDay In 2011, our exhibit "In the Footsteps of Our Mothers" opened. It featured the work of Kerstin Rosengren who ...
09/16/2021

#OnThisDay In 2011, our exhibit "In the Footsteps of Our Mothers" opened. It featured the work of Kerstin Rosengren who explores the art and craft of traditional Swedish textiles. Ms. Rosengren combines the old patterns with her own designs and ideas like generations of women before.

#OnThisDay In 2011, our exhibit "In the Footsteps of Our Mothers" opened. It featured the work of Kerstin Rosengren who explores the art and craft of traditional Swedish textiles. Ms. Rosengren combines the old patterns with her own designs and ideas like generations of women before.

#OnThisDay In 1973, the current reigning monarch Carl XVI Gustaf was crowned King of Sweden.
09/15/2021

#OnThisDay In 1973, the current reigning monarch Carl XVI Gustaf was crowned King of Sweden.

#OnThisDay In 1973, the current reigning monarch Carl XVI Gustaf was crowned King of Sweden.

Happy 48th Birthday to His Royal Highness Prince Daniel! 🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪
09/15/2021

Happy 48th Birthday to His Royal Highness Prince Daniel! 🇸🇪

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Happy 48th Birthday to His Royal Highness Prince Daniel! 🇸🇪

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#OnThisDay In 2006, our exhibit "Swedish Artisans: Textiles and Silver" opened. It included work from designer Pernilla ...
09/14/2021

#OnThisDay In 2006, our exhibit "Swedish Artisans: Textiles and Silver" opened. It included work from designer Pernilla Svenke, silversmith Ebba Huberyc, artist Clemens Ek, and fiber artist Yvonne Bavman.

#OnThisDay In 2006, our exhibit "Swedish Artisans: Textiles and Silver" opened. It included work from designer Pernilla Svenke, silversmith Ebba Huberyc, artist Clemens Ek, and fiber artist Yvonne Bavman.

#OnThisDay In 1985, the Swedish American Telephone Building at 5235-5257 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago was added to the ...
09/13/2021

#OnThisDay In 1985, the Swedish American Telephone Building at 5235-5257 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago was added to the U.S. Register of Historic Places. This building was the first major industrial building in Edgewater’s Andersonville district. From 1905-1923, the building housed a Swedish-American manufacturer of telephones.

#OnThisDay In 1985, the Swedish American Telephone Building at 5235-5257 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago was added to the U.S. Register of Historic Places. This building was the first major industrial building in Edgewater’s Andersonville district. From 1905-1923, the building housed a Swedish-American manufacturer of telephones.

#OnThisDay In 1993, our exhibit "An American Dream Career" closed. It displayed watercolor paintings and illustrations b...
09/12/2021

#OnThisDay In 1993, our exhibit "An American Dream Career" closed. It displayed watercolor paintings and illustrations by Swedish-American John Holmgren (1897-1963), emphasizing four themes: Sweden, advertisements, illustrations and snow. Holmgren did covers and illustrations for many major magazines.

#OnThisDay In 1993, our exhibit "An American Dream Career" closed. It displayed watercolor paintings and illustrations by Swedish-American John Holmgren (1897-1963), emphasizing four themes: Sweden, advertisements, illustrations and snow. Holmgren did covers and illustrations for many major magazines.

We are thrilled to celebrate Scandinavian Day once again! Come find us here at Vasa Park where you can enjoy live music,...
09/12/2021

We are thrilled to celebrate Scandinavian Day once again! Come find us here at Vasa Park where you can enjoy live music, traditional foods, Nordic beer tasting, vendors, children’s activities, living history and local clubs!

We are thrilled to celebrate Scandinavian Day once again! Come find us here at Vasa Park where you can enjoy live music, traditional foods, Nordic beer tasting, vendors, children’s activities, living history and local clubs!

#OnThisDay In 1956, President Eisenhower gave a speech establishing the People-to-People program of citizen diplomacy an...
09/11/2021

#OnThisDay In 1956, President Eisenhower gave a speech establishing the People-to-People program of citizen diplomacy and the beginning of the Sister Cities Program. In 1987, Gothenburg, Sweden, joined Chicago's Sister Cities.

#OnThisDay In 1956, President Eisenhower gave a speech establishing the People-to-People program of citizen diplomacy and the beginning of the Sister Cities Program. In 1987, Gothenburg, Sweden, joined Chicago's Sister Cities.

The Celebration Weekend in honor of the Museum turning 45-years (& Brunk Children's Museum turning 20) is rapidly approa...
09/10/2021

The Celebration Weekend in honor of the Museum turning 45-years (& Brunk Children's Museum turning 20) is rapidly approaching us! We are all super excited and can't wait to celebrate with you! Come on down to the Swedish American Museum for a weekend packed with fun for all ages

The Celebration Weekend in honor of the Museum turning 45-years (& Brunk Children's Museum turning 20) is rapidly approaching us! We are all super excited and can't wait to celebrate with you! Come on down to the Swedish American Museum for a weekend packed with fun for all ages

Stop by the Swedish American Museum today for your weekly dose of Swedish fika! The Café will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p...
09/10/2021
Order To-Go | Swedish American Museum

Stop by the Swedish American Museum today for your weekly dose of Swedish fika! The Café will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - and don't forget that you can place Orders-To-Go through our website for your sweets and goods (and more).

Link to Museum Store Website: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/order-to-go/

For more information regarding the Summer Café:
https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/event/summer-cafe-35/

Order To-Go The Museum Store is open but you can still buy your Swedish foods and treats for curbside pickup! Just place your order online or over the phone and pick it up at the Museum door. After you place your order, Museum Staff will process the total amount due with tax. Museum Membership disco...

#OnThisDay In 2003, Swedish foreign minister and pro-euro campaigner Anna Lindh was attacked while shopping in a Stockho...
09/10/2021

#OnThisDay In 2003, Swedish foreign minister and pro-euro campaigner Anna Lindh was attacked while shopping in a Stockholm department store. Unable to recover from the injuries, she passed away the following day.

#OnThisDay In 2003, Swedish foreign minister and pro-euro campaigner Anna Lindh was attacked while shopping in a Stockholm department store. Unable to recover from the injuries, she passed away the following day.

#OnThisDay In 1994, the Chicago Stadium ("The Madhouse on Madison") closed after 65 years of hosting the Chicago Blackha...
09/09/2021

#OnThisDay In 1994, the Chicago Stadium ("The Madhouse on Madison") closed after 65 years of hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. It was designed by Swedish immigrant Eric Edwin Hall of the firm Hall, Lawrence & Ratcliffe.

#OnThisDay In 1994, the Chicago Stadium ("The Madhouse on Madison") closed after 65 years of hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. It was designed by Swedish immigrant Eric Edwin Hall of the firm Hall, Lawrence & Ratcliffe.

#OnThisDay In 2005, our exhibit "Lands of Remembrance" opened, featuring Karin Amnå-Lindberg's stunning textiles. Her we...
09/08/2021

#OnThisDay In 2005, our exhibit "Lands of Remembrance" opened, featuring Karin Amnå-Lindberg's stunning textiles. Her weavings take a sculptural form and invite the viewer's thoughts and reflections.

#OnThisDay In 2005, our exhibit "Lands of Remembrance" opened, featuring Karin Amnå-Lindberg's stunning textiles. Her weavings take a sculptural form and invite the viewer's thoughts and reflections.

Today we will be joined by Sally Williams for a presentation on her journey in discovering the history of her ancestors!...
09/08/2021

Today we will be joined by Sally Williams for a presentation on her journey in discovering the history of her ancestors! Join us at 1 p.m. to hear a unique perspective and become inspired to begin researching your own family history 🇸🇪

Register for the event by sending an email to [email protected], or call (773)-728-8111

Today we will be joined by Sally Williams for a presentation on her journey in discovering the history of her ancestors! Join us at 1 p.m. to hear a unique perspective and become inspired to begin researching your own family history 🇸🇪

Register for the event by sending an email to [email protected], or call (773)-728-8111

#OnThisDay In 1818, Sweden's King Carl XIV Johan (1763-1844) was crowned Charles III John King of Norway. The dynasty he...
09/07/2021

#OnThisDay In 1818, Sweden's King Carl XIV Johan (1763-1844) was crowned Charles III John King of Norway. The dynasty he founded still reigns in Sweden.

#OnThisDay In 1818, Sweden's King Carl XIV Johan (1763-1844) was crowned Charles III John King of Norway. The dynasty he founded still reigns in Sweden.

#OnThisDay In 1988, our exhibit "Alfred Nobel" opened, featuring photographs chronicling the life of the Swedish industr...
09/06/2021

#OnThisDay In 1988, our exhibit "Alfred Nobel" opened, featuring photographs chronicling the life of the Swedish industrialist, chemist, engineer, and the creator of the Nobel Prizes.

#OnThisDay In 1988, our exhibit "Alfred Nobel" opened, featuring photographs chronicling the life of the Swedish industrialist, chemist, engineer, and the creator of the Nobel Prizes.

#OnThisDay In 1942, Björn Haugan, operatic lyric tenor, was born in Söderhamn Municipality in Sweden. Haugan debuted wit...
09/05/2021

#OnThisDay In 1942, Björn Haugan, operatic lyric tenor, was born in Söderhamn Municipality in Sweden. Haugan debuted with The Norwegian Opera and Ballet but is perhaps most frequently associated with his performance in the 1983 Swedish film, "Två killar och en tjej" ("Happy We"), directed by Lasse Hallström.

#OnThisDay In 1942, Björn Haugan, operatic lyric tenor, was born in Söderhamn Municipality in Sweden. Haugan debuted with The Norwegian Opera and Ballet but is perhaps most frequently associated with his performance in the 1983 Swedish film, "Två killar och en tjej" ("Happy We"), directed by Lasse Hallström.

#OnThisDay In 1998, our exhibit "Hälsingland, A Province of Folk Art and Tradition" opened featuring the work of 18 arti...
09/04/2021

#OnThisDay In 1998, our exhibit "Hälsingland, A Province of Folk Art and Tradition" opened featuring the work of 18 artists. The work included textiles, bentwood, painting, costuming, miniatures, photography, and weaving.

#OnThisDay In 1998, our exhibit "Hälsingland, A Province of Folk Art and Tradition" opened featuring the work of 18 artists. The work included textiles, bentwood, painting, costuming, miniatures, photography, and weaving.

Would you like to practice speaking Swedish with others who are learning as well as a native speaker or two? We will get...
09/03/2021

Would you like to practice speaking Swedish with others who are learning as well as a native speaker or two? We will get together over Zoom for some informal conversation. Each session we will decide on a topic for conversation for the following session. Join us for our virtual discussion event!

For more details, please click the link: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/event/prata-svenska-online-26/

Would you like to practice speaking Swedish with others who are learning as well as a native speaker or two? We will get together over Zoom for some informal conversation. Each session we will decide on a topic for conversation for the following session. Join us for our virtual discussion event!

For more details, please click the link: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/event/prata-svenska-online-26/

Correction - https://mailchi.mp/samac/exploreswedishtraditions-1555930
09/03/2021
Correction

Correction - https://mailchi.mp/samac/exploreswedishtraditions-1555930

Sally Williams embarked on researching her family history to try to understand why her Swedish grandparents immigrated to the US in the late 19th century. What she discovered was more than she bargained for. She will take us on a journey from Swedish explorers traversing the globe and bringing home....

#OnThisDay In 1995, Beatrice Sandström, one of the last survivors of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died in Motala,...
09/03/2021

#OnThisDay In 1995, Beatrice Sandström, one of the last survivors of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died in Motala, Sweden, at the age of 85. Beatrice, her mother Agnes and sister Marguerite were rescued by the Carpathia. Several months after the disaster, the Sandströms returned to Sweden where they remained.

#OnThisDay In 1995, Beatrice Sandström, one of the last survivors of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died in Motala, Sweden, at the age of 85. Beatrice, her mother Agnes and sister Marguerite were rescued by the Carpathia. Several months after the disaster, the Sandströms returned to Sweden where they remained.

The 41st annual celebration of Scandinavian culture and traditions is approaching us! The Swedish American Museum will b...
09/03/2021

The 41st annual celebration of Scandinavian culture and traditions is approaching us! The Swedish American Museum will be there - join us for performances, vendors and activities!

The 41st annual celebration of Scandinavian culture and traditions is approaching us! The Swedish American Museum will be there - join us for performances, vendors and activities!

You can once again buy freshly baked goods at the Museum on Fridays! Make sure to place your order no later then Thursda...
09/02/2021

You can once again buy freshly baked goods at the Museum on Fridays! Make sure to place your order no later then Thursday at 6 p.m. to ensure your batch of delightful Dream Cookies and sweet Cinnamon Rolls 🍪🧑‍🍳

You can once again buy freshly baked goods at the Museum on Fridays! Make sure to place your order no later then Thursday at 6 p.m. to ensure your batch of delightful Dream Cookies and sweet Cinnamon Rolls 🍪🧑‍🍳

September Events - https://mailchi.mp/samac/w64vpi5hnl-1555926
09/02/2021
September Events

September Events - https://mailchi.mp/samac/w64vpi5hnl-1555926

The Museum is opening its main gallery and courtyard for a summer café. Stop by for an authentic Swedish Fika where you can choose between a variety of traditional Swedish baked goods both sweet and savory. What is on offer changes from week to week.

#OnThisDay In 1999, our exhibit "Erik Höglund: Glass Artist" opened. This featured 40 masterpieces from the final stages...
09/02/2021

#OnThisDay In 1999, our exhibit "Erik Höglund: Glass Artist" opened. This featured 40 masterpieces from the final stages of the artist's career. Höglund was known as "the restless innovator in glass.”

#OnThisDay In 1999, our exhibit "Erik Höglund: Glass Artist" opened. This featured 40 masterpieces from the final stages of the artist's career. Höglund was known as "the restless innovator in glass.”

#OnThisDay In 1811, Richard Dybeck, Swedish jurist, antiquarian and lyricist, was born in Odensvi Prästgård. He is best ...
09/01/2021

#OnThisDay In 1811, Richard Dybeck, Swedish jurist, antiquarian and lyricist, was born in Odensvi Prästgård. He is best known today as the author of the 1844 original lyrics of the Swedish national anthem, "Du gamla, Du fria.”

#OnThisDay In 1811, Richard Dybeck, Swedish jurist, antiquarian and lyricist, was born in Odensvi Prästgård. He is best known today as the author of the 1844 original lyrics of the Swedish national anthem, "Du gamla, Du fria.”

I hope everyone is aware of the Swedish American Museum's movie night discussion which will be hosted tonight at 6 p.m. ...
08/31/2021

I hope everyone is aware of the Swedish American Museum's movie night discussion which will be hosted tonight at 6 p.m. over Zoom? If you haven't registered for the event already, now is the time to do it!

We will be watching "Homecoming", which is a Swedish film that has been critically lauded in Sweden and won multiple prizes, including Best Feature film and Best Director Feature film as awarded by the Sweden Film Awards.

The film can be found on Amazon Prime
(https://www.amazon.com/Homecoming-Ellen-Helinder/dp/B08GCVZF4V)

Click the link attached below for more information: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/event/swedish-movie-online-5/

I hope everyone is aware of the Swedish American Museum's movie night discussion which will be hosted tonight at 6 p.m. over Zoom? If you haven't registered for the event already, now is the time to do it!

We will be watching "Homecoming", which is a Swedish film that has been critically lauded in Sweden and won multiple prizes, including Best Feature film and Best Director Feature film as awarded by the Sweden Film Awards.

The film can be found on Amazon Prime
(https://www.amazon.com/Homecoming-Ellen-Helinder/dp/B08GCVZF4V)

Click the link attached below for more information: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/event/swedish-movie-online-5/

We are SO excited for Swedish classes to resume here at the Swedish American Museum! Classes will begin next week over Z...
08/31/2021
Swedish Language Classes | Swedish American Museum

We are SO excited for Swedish classes to resume here at the Swedish American Museum! Classes will begin next week over Zoom (Sept. 7th) and there will be four classes offered: Beginners 1 and 2, Intermediate, and Conversation/Advanced. Courses will run for 12 weeks and will be concluded on November 22nd. The instructors are Jake Rogalla and Markus Matti. For more information on how to sign up, click the link attached to this message: https://swedishamericanmuseum.org/swedish-classes-2/

Vi ses snart!

Swedish Language Classes Upcoming ONLINE session: Starts the week of Monday, Sept. 6, 2021Ends the week of Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 The Swedish American Museum is offering evening Swedish Classes this semester with four levels: Beginners I, Beginners II, Intermediate, and Conversation/Advanced. All cou...

#OnThisDay In 2015, The Cookie Store sold its last package of Maurice Lenell cookies. Started as a bakery in 1925 by Swe...
08/31/2021

#OnThisDay In 2015, The Cookie Store sold its last package of Maurice Lenell cookies. Started as a bakery in 1925 by Swedish brothers Hans and Gunnar Lenell, the company was formed in 1937 with Agaard Billing.

#OnThisDay In 2015, The Cookie Store sold its last package of Maurice Lenell cookies. Started as a bakery in 1925 by Swedish brothers Hans and Gunnar Lenell, the company was formed in 1937 with Agaard Billing.

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5211 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
60640

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.

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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(773) 728-8111

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Let’s celebrate Sweden's Rulltårtadag (roll cake day) 9 August 2021! You are invited to join Fiona and Romayne in an Online/Virtual Rolled Cake Baking Collaboration aka “collab,” that will be hosted on both Instagram and Facebook. What is a Baking Collab? A Baking Collab is an opportunity for bakers with all skill levels to come together and celebrate a particular theme that is announced by the host(s). The themes range from flavor profiles like lemon, mango, and strawberry, to holidays like Midsummer, April Fool’s, and Easter and even colors like purple or yellow. Our Collab theme is rulltårta, and you can bake your cake using any flavors you like for the cake and the filling. How do I join the Rolled Cake Collab? All you need to do is to join our event page here: https://fb.me/e/1AksYRc2d and we will send you all the details and keep you updated with where, when, and how to post photos of your rulltårta. We hope you will join us for this fun, Nordic themed event! Fiona McKinna @livinganordiclife (Living a Nordic Life Blog, Sandefjord, Norway) https://www.facebook.com/groups/livinganordiclife and Romayne Kilde @fikakaffeklubb (Fika Kaffe Klubb Blog and Store, Fargo, ND) https://www.facebook.com/fikakaffeklubb
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]
https://www.facebook.com/groups/418313002461229/ Hello, my name is Anders Dernback and I love Swedish History. In US I have a lot of Relatives. They lived in Hasslö Blekinge oldest I know of Hans born 1570. Every relative have DNA from Hans. I created a Facebook Group about Swedish History and my Relatives love it. Try it if you like Swedish History.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/418313002461229/ I love Swedish History. I created a new Facebook Group. Text English and Swedish. Slideshows and Topics about The Swedish History. Feel free to visit!
Celebrate Midsummer with us in Sweden. VisitSweden is streaming Midsummer Live today. The first episode, from the south of Sweden where I live, just aired, and the next episode is in an hour. Welcome!
Atelier Teymur Rzayev First Digital Climate Change Art Show is a registered UN World Environmental Day Digital Event https://www.facebook.com/cem.ustuner.94/posts/10163435431235391?notif_id=1590577768680518¬if_t=tagged_with_story&ref=notif Cem Aggelos Üstüner, @United Nations, ICCR, Notice Nature Ireland
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.