Special Exhibit


Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 29

_img008Exhibit Opening Celebration: Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m.
Start with Art: Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. – noon
Family Night: Friday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Exhibit Closing: Sunday, Nov. 29

_img016Albert Ivar Appleton came from Sweden to Chicago in 1885 and by 1903, he had founded Appleton Electric in Chicago at a time when the electric manufacturing industry was in its infancy. Appleton electric continues to innovate in the electric and lighting industry, now as a subsidiary of Emerson Electric. Through the years, Albert Ivar and his descendants were avid collectors of art and decorative arts, and the collection remains in the family today. The Swedish American Museum will curate an exhibit featuring this private art collection and personal photos in order to tell the story of the Appleton family as a Swedish American story of industrial success in Chicago.

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Please note that the gallery that features the above special exhibit may be closed for events. If you are making a special trip to the Swedish American Museum to view this exhibit, please call ahead to confirm that the gallery will be open during the time of your visit.



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  • Chicago, IL 60640


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