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October 17, 2014

Matching Gift Campaign Announced at Skål Event

Thanks to the generosity of two long-time Museum supporters and Life Trustees, Bo and Anita Hedfors, we were excited at yesterday’s Skål: A Celebration of Beer event to announce that between now and the end of the year, every gift to the Water Tower Fund will be matched up to a total of $15,000. At last night’s event we were able to raise close to $2,000 thanks in part to the many generous donations from guests, as well as those gifts that made the evening possible from Wikstrom’s Specialty Foods, the Abercrombie Family and Simon’s Tavern–in addition to the many breweries that provided the beer and our resident beer expert, Jenny Pfäfflin! The Andersonville Water Tower is an important landmark for many from those with strong Swedish roots to residents of the neighborhood that saw the blue and yellow painted tower as a sign that they were home. We hope that through this matching gift drive to reach $100,000 raised by the start of 2015, which will help us begin to make concrete plans about the recreation and restoration of this beloved landmark. How can you make sure the impact of your gift is doubled? You can give online or drop off your donation designated for the Water Tower Fund anytime between now and Dec. 31.

Garden Gala Raffle Tickets Now Available

Unable to attend the Garden Gala but would still like to take part in the fun? Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Museum. Buy one ticket for $10 or six for $50. Winners will be announced at the benefit on Saturday, Nov. 8 and need not be present to win. This year’s grand prize is a Blackhawks jersey signed by Niklas Hjalmarsson! To see the full list of prizes click here.

October 10, 2014

“Skål: A Celebration of Beer” Benefits Water Tower Fund

Join us on Thursday for an evening of Swedish brewing history and a beer tasting. Jenny Pfäfflin, a Certified Cicerone, will present both the history of beer in Sweden and will give insights into the new craft scene and burgeoning breweries of Scandinavia. A happy hour featuring Swedish-inspired and other great local beers will follow. Find out more and get your tickets online today!

Garden Gala Raffle Tickets Now Available

Unable to attend the Garden Gala but would still like to take part in the fun? Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Museum. Buy one ticket for $10 or six for $50. Winners will be announced at the benefit on Saturday, Nov. 8 and need not be present to win. This year’s grand prize is a Blackhawks jersey signed by Niklas Hjalmarsson! To see the full list of prizes click here.

October 3, 2014

Celebrate Cinnamon Roll Day at the Museum

Kanelbullens dag (Cinnamon Roll Day) has been celebrated in Sweden on Oct. 4, since 1999 as a tribute to Swedish home baking traditions. Have fika at the Swedish American Museum and enjoy a cup of coffee and a Swedish cinnamon roll at $5 per serving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Garden Gala Raffle Tickets Now Available

Unable to attend the Garden Gala but would still like to take part in the fun? Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Museum. Buy one ticket for $10 or six for $50. Winners will be announced at the benefit on Saturday, Nov. 8 and need not be present to win. This year’s grand prize is a Blackhawks jersey signed by Niklas Hjalmarsson! To see the full list of prizes click here.

September 21, 2014

Ladies’ Fashion Night Hosted by Chico’s

Learn how to wear the latest trends and accessories as well as see your fellow Museum members model what’s hot right now with Jackie Penner-Lourdes. There will be raffles and hors d’oeuvres at this fashionable evening hosted by Chico’s at Water Tower Place but held at the Museum on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. To RSVP for this event call Chicago’s at Water Tower Place at 312.993.2442.

Families Welcome to Enjoy New Exhibit

Join us for an evening of crafts and activities for the whole family and take in our current exhibit, “Bluescapes of Sweden,” at Family Night this Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a free event, but reservations are recommended and can be made via email.

September 18, 2014

Learn About Illinois’ Own Viking Ship on Sunday

In 1893 a replica of a 9th century Viking ship made from Norwegian black oak sailed through the Eerie Canal and into Lake Michigan as part of the World Columbian Exposition. After years of being housed out of the public the view, the ship was moved to Geneva, Ill. where it is on display temporarily at Good Templar Park. Join us for fika on Sunday, Sept. 21 as we hear from Friends of the Viking Ship President Lorraine Straw on the history of and future for this unique Illinois’ landmark. Click here for more information.

All New Hejsan–Children’s Story and Craft Hour

Hejsan is changing this fall. Join us at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 for this free story and craft hour at the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration on the third floor of the Swedish American Museum. The new Hejsan will take place on the third Friday of each month, September through June. All ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver. While it is free to participate, reservations are appreciated and can be made via email.

September 11, 2014

Swedish Summer and Sounds Come to the Museum

Join us as we celebrate our new exhibit, “Bluescapes of Sweden,” from Gothenburg-based artist Ariana Ramhage and enjoy the sounds of Swedish recording artist Peter Nordberg on Friday, Sept. 12. Her work captures the warm, sun-filled seascapes of Sweden in summer. You can meet the artist starting at 6 p.m. and stay for the concert kicking off at 7 p.m. Nordberg’s folk rock sounds thrilled the audience at Scandinavian Days this past weekend. Now he is here in Chicago! We are asking a $10 donation be made for admission to the concert. You can prepay your concert admission on the event page.

September 4, 2014

Beyond the Paintings: Dr. James Kaplan on Sandzén

Artist Birger Sandzén wasn’t just a master landscape painter but also a respected author in the lively Swedish-American press around the turn of the last century. In the book, ”Birger Sandzén on Art, Music and Transcendence,” Dr. James Kaplan has brought to life a brief cultural Camelot in America when immigrant artists, musicians and authors, nourished by the culture of the Old World, were stimulated in their craft by the exciting New World they had found in America. Join us as Dr. Kaplan discusses Sandzén’s work in a presentation at the Museum at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. For more information about this program and to make your prepaid reservation click here.

See Pippi, a Swedish Classic, on Saturday

Watch Astrid Lindgren’s most famous character come to life in the original Pippi Longstocking movie dubbed in English this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Enjoy this film classic along with pepparkakor, saft and popcorn. You can even come dressed as Pippi or one of her friends!Make your reservation today for this $1-only movie event via email.

September 2, 2014

Panel Unravels the Big Issues of the Swedish Election

Soon Swedes will vote in a national election that will determine which political party (or parties) will steer the country for the next four years. Join us for a panel discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. that will explore the hot issues in the upcoming election and examine the stances of the parties involved. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. This event is co-sponsored with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Chicago.

Fall Swedish Classes Kick Off in September

The Museum is offering evening Swedish classes with four levels: Beginners I, Beginners II, Intermediate/Advanced and Conversation/Advanced. All courses will run for 15 weeks with 15 total 90 minute lessons. The beginner’s classes will start on Tuesday, Sept. 2 and the intermediate and advanced courses commence on Wednesday, Sept. 3. For more information including how to register please click here.

August 22, 2014

Please note that during some programs there will be limited access to our temporary exhibit in the gallery. One such event will take place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon. If you are coming to see the Sandzén exhibit please plan accordingly.

Water Tower Fund Nears $60,000

We want to thank everyone who came out to Monday evening’s Drink to the Water Tower fundraiser. We were excited to except the $15,000 donation from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce that came from Midsommarfest gate donations and announce that the Swedish Bakery had raised the most this round through the special Water Tower Fund donation cans. The next fundraiser for the Andersonville Water Tower will be on Oct. 16. It is an evening of Swedish brewing history and a beer tasting led by Jenny Pfäfflin, a Certified Cicerone (beer professional). Read more here.

A Genealogical Adventure on Swedish TV

Early this year, Eric Basir received the gift of a lifetime–an all-expenses paid trip to be the first in his mother’s family since the early 1900′s to return to Sweden. All he had to do was to be himself and tolerate a television show camera crew that would follow him and nine other participants from America as they traveled and learned about Swedish culture for the popular Swedish TV show, “Allt för Sverige.” Join us at this genealogy session on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. hosted by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum and hear more about Eric’s story.

Parking Lot is Temporarily Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is continues to await further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience. Metered parking is available on Clark Street or free parking can often be found on some side streets off Clark near the Museum including Foster and Farragut.

August 10, 2014

Drink to the Water Tower at Our Aug. 18 Benefit!

We want to celebrate how far we’ve come with our fundraising efforts to restore the Andersonville Water Tower. Join us between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18 for this community cocktail event. Cost is $25 to attend with all proceeds going to the Water Tower Fund. There will be light food and an open bar for guests over 21. You can pay at the door or register in advance on our website. Come and hear the latest news about our restoration efforts and to pick up Save the Water Tower merchandise from t-shirts to posters and more.

Parking Lot is Temporarily Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is continues to await further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience. Metered parking is available on Clark Street or free parking can often be found on some side streets off Clark near the Museum including Foster and Farragut.

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