At the Swedish American Museum, we pride ourselves in offering a wonderful array of exhibits, events, and programming that honors, celebrates, and educates Museum visitors on Sweden’s past, present, and future. For the Museum to be able to continue to provide these services and unique learning experiences, we need the support of donors like you.

Please join us in supporting our 40th Anniversary Campaign. With your help, we hope to take the Museum to even greater heights in the next 40 years and beyond. Your investment can help us engage the public in new and exciting ways, while preserving Swedish heritage in Andersonville.

Kurt Mathiasson Heritage Society

Leaving a Legacy at the Swedish American Museum through Your Estate Plans

For over 30 years, the Swedish American Museum has helped preserve Swedish immigration heritage and provided educational and cultural opportunities for many thousands of children and adults. You can be a part of ensuring this important mission for future generations by making a bequest to the Museum in your will, trust, or other estate plans.

Estate gifts support the Museum’s endowment which is the most valuable funding the Museum can receive. Endowments keep giving, year after year; they also keep growing, since only a portion of the income they generate is used annually. By making this important decision, you will be leaving a lasting legacy and you will also be recognized as a member of the Kurt Mathiasson Heritage Society.

About the Kurt Mathiasson Heritage Society

The Swedish American Museum established the Kurt Mathiasson Heritage Society to recognize donors who have remembered the Museum through various planned giving options. Kurt Mathiasson and his wife, Solveig, were immigrants from Sweden who saw a need to preserve the rich legacy of Swedish Americans in Chicago. Kurt helped found the Museum in 1976 and was instrumental in raising the early funding. His efforts were recognized later that year when King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden inaugurated the Museum.

We continue to honor Kurt Mathiasson through the society bearing his name; and invite you to join a group of dedicated individuals who are securing the Swedish American Museum’s future. Please fill out and return the Kurt Mathiasson Heritage Society Membership Form.

“We want to preserve the Museum for future generations and to ensure that its mission will be carried out for years to come. Making a bequest is one important way to ensure that the Museum will continue. A personal financial commitment helps to grow the Kurt Mathiasson endowment fund which, in turn, will guarantee the Museum’s long-term viability.

It’s not the amount of money that an individual bequeaths to the Museum that’s important. Rather, it’s making an individual commitment to leave a personal legacy for the Museum through planned giving.”

-Nels Nelson, Trustee

Heritage Society Member

There are a variety of charitable giving vehicles through which you can leave a legacy for the Swedish American Museum:

  • A bequest by will or living trust
  • Gifts of mutual funds, bonds, or marketable securities
  • Qualified retirement plan asset
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Charitable lead trust
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Life insurance policy
  • Gift of real estate

Making a Bequest to the Swedish American Museum

  1. A bequest may be made when preparing your will or trust or adding a codicil to your present will.
    1. Bequests may be of cash, securities, real estate, or other property.
    2. Bequests of all sizes are welcome, whether they are outright, contingent, or residual.
  2. Or, it can simply be made by listing the Swedish American Museum as a beneficiary of a bank account, IRA account, life insurance policy, company retirement plan, pension, annuity, or other instrument that allows you to designate funds to a beneficiary.
  3. Legal designation for a will or trust:
    1. Specific Bequest: “I give the Swedish American Museum, Chicago, Illinois, the sum of $ _________ to be used for the general support of the Swedish American Museum.
    2. Residual Bequest: “I give the Swedish American Museum, Chicago, Illinois, _____ percent of the residue of my estate to be used for the general support of the Swedish American Museum.
  4. Tax Identification Number: 36-3107115

We encourage you to contact your attorney or other financial advisor for recommendations regarding your particular situation. We then invite you to call Karin Moen Abercrombie, Museum executive director, 773.728.8111, ext. 29. Your inquiry will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Thank you for your support and interest in the Swedish American Museum.

Immigrant Wall

Preserve your family history and honor your immigrant ancestors by placing their names on the Immigrant Wall of Honor. Purchase a brick to be personalized with a brass plaque, engraved with the honoree’s name, country/nationality, and year of immigration. The cost is $50 per brick and is tax deductible..

If you are interested in making a tax–deductible gift today, please contact our Executive Director, Karin Moen Abcrombie at or 773.728.8111 ext. 29.


Give While You Shop

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Give to the Museum Day!

Tack så mycket for your support to the Museum this year!

Give to the Museum Day is a special day set aside for members and friends to make online donations to the Swedish American Museum. The date of next year’s Give to the Museum Day will be in June 2017.



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