Special Events

The Swedish American Museum’s annual fundraising event is a night of fun and celebration of Swedish and Swedish-American heritage and culture, and it usually takes place in October or November. A silent auction is held, and Museum guests are treated to a night of appreciation of the Museum’s mission and accomplishments, and particularly to celebrate our ties to the past and the present and our links to the future.

2014 Garden Gala

We will honor Verdandi Lodge No. 3 on Saturday, Nov. 8, at our annual dinner dance and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum. The theme of this year’s gala, which will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, is Garden Gala, a celebration of the Swedish American Museum and Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration.

6 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction
8 p.m.  Dinner and Program

Black Tie Optional

Invitations will be mailed but your tickets may be purchased online below. Confirmed and prepaid reservations are required. More information coming soon.

Interested in becoming a sponsor or donating an item to our silent auction? Please reach out to Lesli Nordstrom directly at lnordstrom@samac.org.

Garden Gala



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  • Chicago, IL 60640


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