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September 1, 2015

The Museum will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day!

Peter Nordberg Rocks the Museum

PNordbergJoin us for an evening concert on Friday, Sept. 11 as Peter Nordberg returns to the Swedish American Museum to play songs from throughout his career in an intimate concert that honors the journey of “Finding Home.” This concert is a final celebration of the Swedish American Museum’s current exhibit “Chicago’s Families: Finding Home,” a project of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, which will close on Sunday, Sept. 13. Read more about Peter and the concert here.

Calling All Vikings!

Viking GirlCome dressed in your best Viking attire and be prepared to do battle with some delicious Swedish pancakes at our Viking Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 12. We will be serving pancakes at a pop-up café in our gallery from 9 a.m.to 11 a.m. for a donation of $5/serving. During that time there will also be a Viking meet and greet along with crafts in the gallery. From 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. the fierce crafts continue in the third floor classroom. Reservations to this relaxed and fun family event are appreciated and can be made via email.

Water Tower Fund Can Drive Ends This Month

Displaying cans and collecting donations for the Water Tower Fund has helped us achieve over $1000 of our $150,000 target to design, build and place a replica of the Andersonville Water Tower on the roof of the Swedish American Museum. With nearly $120,000 donated in total so far to the special fund, the Swedish American Museum is ready to enter the final phase of raising the amount needed to recreate this treasured landmark in Andersonville. We want to thank all who collected money for the Water Tower Fund during our can drive, which we are now bringing to a close. If you still have one of our collection cans, please return it to the Museum by the end of this month. Thank you again for your support and for contributing to the great community spirit we have here in Andersonville!

Friends, Food and Fun at the Three Crowns Ball

SAM Three Crowns Ball 2015-8aWe will honor the North Park University’s Center for Scandinavian Studies and Dr. Charles Peterson. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at our annual dinner dance, and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum. This year’s ball will be held at the Crystal Ballroom in Evanston. To buy your ticket to this grand event or to find out more about the evening click here.

August 24, 2015

Ugandan Kids Choir Brings Spirit to the Museum

UgandanKidsChoirOn Saturday, Aug. 29 join us for the joyful sounds of the Ugandan Kids Choir. They bring their message of hope through music and dance to our gallery for a concert kicking off at 4 p.m. Click here for more information.

Swedish Class Registration Now Open

Don’t know fika from frukost? No worries, just sign up for our evening Swedish classes that start on Sept. 1 and 2 and we will help you advance your Swedish language skills. The Museum offers four levels: Beginners I, Beginners II, Intermediate and Conversation/Advanced. Download our application, pay your tuition and read about our here.

You Are Beautiful!

The Swedish American Museum is proud to support the “You Are Beautiful” campaign. Andersonville’s “You Are Beautiful” sign can be found at the Museum’s parking lot at the corner of Ashland and Foster. This installation is brought to you by eco-Andersonville, an initiative of the Andersonville Development Corporation, and Matthew Hoffman, founder of the “You Are Beautiful” project. Hoffman’s installations can now be found throughout Chicago as a result of his “All City” campaign: a project aimed at bringing a “grand-scale message of positivity to neighborhoods throughout Chicago”.

To learn more, visit the You Are Beautiful website and Andersonville’s You Are Beautiful KickStarter campaign.

August 3, 2015

Free Play Reading with the Chicago Inclusion Project

The Chicago Inclusion Project will help celebrate the themes found in the collaborative Chicago Cultural Alliance’s “Chicago’s Families: Finding Home” exhibition with a free reading of the play Rabbit Hole at the Swedish American Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. The recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and written by David Lindsay-Abaire, the play explores ideas of family, grief and survival. The reading will be unrehearsed and focuses less on the “finished performance aspect” and more on sharing the story in a new way through non-traditional casting as well as the conversation that will inevitably follow.

You Are Beautiful!

The Swedish American Museum is proud to support the “You Are Beautiful” campaign. Andersonville’s “You Are Beautiful” sign can be found at the Museum’s parking lot at the corner of Ashland and Foster. This installation is brought to you by eco-Andersonville, an initiative of the Andersonville Development Corporation, and Matthew Hoffman, founder of the “You Are Beautiful” project. Hoffman’s installations can now be found throughout Chicago as a result of his “All City” campaign: a project aimed at bringing a “grand-scale message of positivity to neighborhoods throughout Chicago”.

To learn more, visit the You Are Beautiful website and Andersonville’s You Are Beautiful KickStarter campaign.

July 27, 2015

You Are Beautiful!

The Swedish American Museum is proud to support the “You Are Beautiful” campaign. Andersonville’s “You Are Beautiful” sign can be found at the Museum’s parking lot at the corner of Ashland and Foster. This installation is brought to you by eco-Andersonville, an initiative of the Andersonville Development Corporation, and Matthew Hoffman, founder of the “You Are Beautiful” project. Hoffman’s installations can now be found throughout Chicago as a result of his “All City” campaign: a project aimed at bringing a “grand-scale message of positivity to neighborhoods throughout Chicago”.

To learn more, visit the You Are Beautiful website and Andersonville’s You Are Beautiful KickStarter campaign.

Uncover the History of Andersonville

This Thursday learn about the Swedish heritage in Andersonville with a guided tour led by the Swedish American Museum. Cost is $5 per person and includes admission to the Museum and a copy of the walking tour booklet. Museum members pay only $1 for the booklet. Guided tours will start and end at the Museum on the last Thursday of the month June through September leaving at 1 p.m.

July 17, 2015

You Are Beautiful!

The Swedish American Museum is proud to support the “You Are Beautiful” campaign. Andersonville’s “You Are Beautiful” sign can be found at the Museum’s parking lot at the corner of Ashland and Foster. This installation is brought to you by eco-Andersonville, an initiative of the Andersonville Development Corporation, and Matthew Hoffman, founder of the “You Are Beautiful” project. Hoffman’s installations can now be found throughout Chicago as a result of his “All City” campaign: a project aimed at bringing a “grand-scale message of positivity to neighborhoods throughout Chicago”.

To learn more, visit the You Are Beautiful website and Andersonville’s You Are Beautiful KickStarter campaign.

Genealogy Session: The Meaning of Home

What does “home” mean to you – a place, a person, or a feeling? What did “home” mean to your ancestors? View the current Museum exhibit titled Chicago’s Families: Finding Home; then join a member discussion about how your ancestors/relatives and you view home.on Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is free for Genealogy Center members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations appreciated. You may email the Genealogy Center at genealogy@samac.org or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.

Pioneer The World Day Camp 2015: Session I

Travel the world without leaving Chicago! Session I of our “Pioneer the World” day camp begins on July 27 and runs until July 31. Camp will meet everyday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and explore the food, dance, folk art, and cultural identities of a different country each day. Campers end the week with their very own World’s Fair to show off their work to the public. Pioneer Camp is always packed with fun and adventure for children ages six to 10.

It’s not too late to register! Call the Museum at 773.728.8111, ext. 26, to reserve your spot! Cost is $200 for members and $250 for non-members. Extended care is available until 4 p.m. for an additional $75 per week.

 

June 28, 2015

Give to the Museum!

Thank you to all who participated in our Give to the Museum Day! Together we raised $13,000.

The Museum will be closed on Saturday, July 4

We wish everyone a Happy 4th of July celebration. The Museum will be closed. The Museum and Museum store are open regular hours on Friday, July 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Midsommar Celebrations

It’s been great to celebrate Midsommar in Chicago, Rockford, and Geneva this year. The Museum took some of its items from the store on the road and had a wonderful time working with the Swedish Historical Society in Rockford and being a part of Sweden Väst in Geneva. We hope to be back next year.

June 27, 2015

Give to the Museum!

Thank you to all who participated yesterday! We raised almost $12,500 on Friday, June 26 for Give to the Museum Day!
We would like to reach our goal of $15,000 and will keep the donation links open on Saturday, June 27. You can make an online donation in honor of the Swedish American Museum’s 39th anniversary. Whether you’re having your first cup of coffee, on your lunch break at work, or out and about using your smart phone, you can easily donate to the Museum. To support us click here!

The Museum will be closed on Saturday, July 4

We wish everyone a Happy 4th of July celebration. The Museum will be closed. We are open regular hours on Friday, July 3 and Sunday, July 5.

June 22, 2015

Give to the Museum Day! on June 26

Give to the Museum Day! is fast approaching. On Friday, June 26, you’ll have an opportunity to make an online donation in honor of the Swedish American Museum’s 39th anniversary. Whether you’re having your first cup of coffee, on your lunch break at work, or out and about using your smart phone, you can easily donate to the Museum. To support us click here!

Immanuel Gospel from Sweden in Concert

Immanuel Gospel from Stockholm, one of Sweden’s most popular gospel choirs, is performing at the Museum this Friday at a concert that kicks off at 7 p.m. Since its inception in 1991, the choir has toured in South Africa, Israel, and returned several times to the United States where they have collaborated with the Grammy-winning and Chicago-based gospel music guru Calvin Bridges. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

June 18, 2015

FREE Jenny Lind Concert on Sunday

It’s FREE music and fun for all–families and music enthusiasts alike–on Sunday, June 21 at 5 p.m. Join us as the Royal Swedish Academy of Music 2015 “Jenny Lind” winner, soprano Sara Swietlicki, performs with musician Markus Kvint. Read more here.

“Chicago’s Families” Exhibit Opens at the Museum

Chicago’s Families is a multi-sited, collaborative exhibition created by members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance that explores what it means to be family in Chicago. The Swedish American Museum is hosting one of the six anchor exhibition sites, which it is co-curating with the Japanese American Service Committee, the National Public Housing Museum and the University of Illinois Center for Gender and Sexuality. Join us on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., as we welcome “Chicago’s Families: Finding Home” to our gallery.

June 1, 2015

ELSA AND ME Brings Functional Fashion to Chicago

On Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., come to the Swedish American Museum and check out the latest from Swedish fashion entrepreneur Maja Svensson and her ELSA AND ME made-to-fit dresses that seamlessly go from work to cocktail. Come for the opportunity to try on a dress or get fitted for custom size, enjoy socializing with friends and listen to Maja sharing her journey from the corporate world to life as a full time entrepreneur. Guests at this program will enjoy a 15 percent discount on all ELSA AND ME orders made that evening.

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