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March 20, 2015

Remembering the Andersonville Water Tower

For nearly 90 years the water tower above the Swedish American Museum, known as the Andersonville Water Tower, served as a landmark for the neighborhood that was once home to a majority of Swedish immigrants. The record harsh winter of 2014 caused irreparable harm to the tank’s structure, and on March 20, 2014, the 16-foot tall tank was removed from the roof of the Museum. One year on, we now know that the damage was too serious to allow for the return of the original water tower tank to our rooftop. The neighborhood doesn’t feel quite the same without the Andersonville Water Tower, so to that end the Swedish American Museum, along with supporters and community partners, has been working to raise $150,000 needed to recreate this valued landmark. Currently three local architects are brainstorming designs for the new Andersonville Water Tower, which we hope will serve as a beacon over our neighborhood for many centuries to come. In the meantime, we have a very limited amount of commemorative pieces of the original water tower tank that Chicago artist, Peter Dunham, has helped create that will be for sale with the proceeds going to the Water Tower Fund. They cost $100 and are available to purchase at the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store.

The Tallgrass Prairie Comes to the Museum

The Swedish American Museum’s newest special exhibit, “Homage to the Tallgrass Prairie” by George Olson, is now open. It features the native grasses and wildflowers of the North American Prairie. The artist has been involved with prairie restorations in Illinois for over 25 years and his watercolors capture his deep interest in our state’s natural heritage. Come in and see spring come to life inside the Museum’s gallery.

March 10, 2015

Dance Away the Winter Blues with Linda and Paul

Always wanted to learn how to dance or take your dancing to the next level? If you can walk, you can learn to dance at Scandinavian Dances with Linda and Paul! Emphasis at the sessions hosted on three consecutive Fridays (March 13, 20 and 27) is on basic dance techniques as well as building a strong foundation to develop additional dance skills and improve overall technique. The Hambo, considered Sweden’s National Dance, will be the focus of the last class on March 27. Attendance at each class is not required but highly recommended. Click here to learn more.

It’s Passport to Scandinavia at the Field Museum

Join the Field Museum and the Swedish-American community for a curated viewing of the new exhibition, “Vikings,” and go beyond the legend of brutal warriors and learn the truth about the Vikings. Enjoy live Scandinavian music, sample appetizers from local Scandinavian restaurants and more. For more information about this event click here. Tickets can be purchased at the door for this event at the Field Museum or in advance online. Discounted ticket sales for Swedish American Museum members ends on March 11.

March 2, 2015

It’s Time for Pancakes with Pippi!

Join Pippi Longstocking, a popular Swedish character, for Swedish pancakes, crafts, singing and dancing on Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m. This is a unique opportunity to meet Pippi and learn how to make pancakes Pippi-style! All ages are welcome. Pre-paid and confirmed reservations are required and can be made online.

Dance Away the Winter Blues

Always wanted to learn how to dance or take your dancing to the next level? If you can walk, you can learn to dance at Scandinavian Dances with Linda and Paul! Emphasis at the sessions hosted on three consecutive Fridays (March 13, 20 and 27) is on basic dance techniques as well as building a strong foundation to develop additional dance skills and improve overall technique. The Hambo, considered Sweden’s National Dance, will be the focus of the last class on March 27. Attendance at each class is not required but highly recommended. Click here to learn more.

February 22, 2015

Learn About the Swedish Heritage of Chicago

On Saturday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. join the Nordic Family Genealogy Center as we watch the WTTW documentary, “Swedes in Chicago.” Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email to genealogy@samac.org. Following the genealogy session you can also enjoy a guided tour of our permanent exhibit, “The Dream of America.” The tour starts at 1 p.m. and costs $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and members are free. Space is limited so reservations are recommended and can be made via email to museum@samac.org.

Don’t Miss the Spring Herring Breakfast

Join us for a traditional fried herring breakfast on Sunday, March 1 which includes meatballs, potato sausage, and much more. The brunch is catered by the always-great Tre Kronor Restaurant. Pre-paid and confirmed reservations are required, so click here to make your reservations today!

February 15, 2015

Celebrate Fat Tuesday Swedish-Style

Fettisdagen in Sweden is celebrated by eating a delicious treat called a semla. These yummy marzipan-filled buns topped with whipped cream have to be eaten to be believed, so come by our pop-up café from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 and indulge before the fasting starts!

Explore “Streets, Blocks and Neighborhood”

Our newest special exhibit “Streets, Blocks and Neighborhood” by Björn Sjögren is now on display in our first-floor gallery space. Sjögren’s creations, inspired by his experiences, are mingled with a type of Scandinavian design simplicity. To learn more about the artist visit his website.

Water Tower Fund is Now at $100,000

In the last months of 2014, the Museum made a call for donations to the Water Tower Fund that would take us from $70,000 to $100,000 by the start of 2015. With a matching gift campaign made possible by long-time Museum supporters and life trustees, Bo and Anita Hedfors, we did it! We thank our many donors for their support and generosity. With two-thirds of the total $150,000 needed to recreate the historic Andersonville Water Tower landmark secured, we can begin to set a timeline and develop plans for returning this beloved symbol to our skyline. We also want to express our gratitude to those who provided major gifts of $10,000 or more to the fund in 2014: Museum life trustees Ulla and Bertil Brunk, the Edith Marie Appleton Foundation by Museum trustee Albert Goodman, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, and the Hedfors family. Want to be a part of the resurrection of the Andersonville Water Tower? You can donate to the specially created Water Tower Fund here.

February 3, 2015

Join us for Soap Sisters on Skincare and More

The making of soap has been around for centuries to keep us healthy and clean from the Viking era to today. Soap Sisters, Suzie and Linda Tjernlund, have created soaps that are hydrating and nourishing for your skin. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. for a free session with the Soap Sisters and discover the next generation of soaps that are both good and safe for your skin. Click here for more information.

Explore “Streets, Blocks and Neighborhood”

Our newest special exhibit “Streets, Blocks and Neighborhood” by Björn Sjögren is now on display in our first-floor gallery space. Sjögren’s creations, inspired by his experiences, are mingled with a type of Scandinavian design simplicity. To learn more about the artist visit his website.

Water Tower Fund is Now at $100,000

In the last months of 2014, the Museum made a call for donations to the Water Tower Fund that would take us from $70,000 to $100,000 by the start of 2015. With a matching gift campaign made possible by long-time Museum supporters and life trustees, Bo and Anita Hedfors, we did it! We thank our many donors for their support and generosity. With two-thirds of the total $150,000 needed to recreate the historic Andersonville Water Tower landmark secured, we can begin to set a timeline and develop plans for returning this beloved symbol to our skyline. We also want to express our gratitude to those who provided major gifts of $10,000 or more to the fund in 2014: Museum life trustees Ulla and Bertil Brunk, the Edith Marie Appleton Foundation by Museum trustee Albert Goodman, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, and the Hedfors family. Want to be a part of the resurrection of the Andersonville Water Tower? You can donate to the specially created Water Tower Fund here.

January 15, 2015

“Streets, Blocks and Neighborhood” Exhibit Opens

Join us for the exhibit opening for “Streets, Blocks and Neighborhood” by Björn Sjögren on Friday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. Sjögren’s creations, inspired by his experiences, are mingled with a type of Scandinavian design simplicity. Starting in 1987 with the idea that an image could be built by using dots, waves and lines, he developed a process of constructing art from pixels, which was a unique concept at the time. To learn more about the artist visit his website. Can’t make it to the opening? Join us the following day on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. for Gallery Walk.

Water Tower Fund at $100,000 After End-of-the-Year Matching Gift Campaign

In the last months of 2014, the Museum made a call for donations to the Water Tower Fund that would take us from $70,000 to $100,000 by the start of 2015. With a matching gift campaign made possible by long-time Museum supporters and life trustees, Bo and Anita Hedfors, we did it! We thank our many donors for their support and generosity. With two-thirds of the total $150,000 needed to recreate the historic Andersonville Water Tower landmark secured, we can begin to set a timeline and develop plans for returning this beloved symbol to our skyline. We also want to express our gratitude to those who provided major gifts of $10,000 or more to the fund in 2014: Museum life trustees Ulla and Bertil Brunk, the Edith Marie Appleton Foundation by Museum trustee Albert Goodman, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, and the Hedfors family. Want to be a part of the resurrection of the Andersonville Water Tower? You can donate to the specially created Water Tower Fund here.

January 4, 2015

The Museum will be closed on Friday, Jan. 9

for inventory and building work.

Saft Stockholm Concert Tickets Available Now

Saft Stockholm invites you on Saturday, Jan. 10 to experience music inspired by the deep forest of the Swedish province of Dalarna, as well as small town ghost stories, modern life in Stockholm, bright summer nights and love. Folk melodies are mixed with pop and jazz, and vocals in English and Swedish are performed by music artist and producer, Lena Bjärskog. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Cost to attend is $15 per person and includes a pizza dinner with pre-paid reservations, which can be bought online. Tickets excluding dinner will be available for purchase at the door.

Don’t Miss the After-Christmas Sale atthe Museum Store

Ready to find deals now that you’ve had your fill of Christmas ham? The Kerstin Andersson Museum Store has a sale going on now–get 30 percent off all Christmas items. Stock up for next year!

December 29, 2014

Gott Nytt År! Happy New Year!

We are closed New Year’s Eve and Day. We resume our regular hours on Friday, Jan. 2.

After-Christmas Sale at the Museum Store

Ready to find deals now that you’ve had your fill of Christmas ham? The Kerstin Andersson Museum Store has a sale going on now–get 30 percent off all Christmas items. Stock up for next year!

‘Tis the Season: Make a Gift to the Museum

On Tuesday, Dec. 2 we kicked off our annual appeal alongside other not-for-profit organizations as part of #GivingTuesday. This holiday season please consider making a gift to the Museum for yourself or as a present to your loved ones.

Matching Gift Campaign Benefits the Water Tower

Thanks to the generosity of two long-time Museum supporters and Life Trustees, Bo and Anita Hedfors, we are excited 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. 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 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.

December 22, 2014

God Jul! Merry Christmas!

The Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Uncover Last Minute Deals at the Museum Store

Are you a procrastinator when it comes to holiday shopping? The Kerstin Andersson Museum Store has Lucia items and more on sale now through Christmas. Get 20 percent off Lucia dolls, books and candles. There are more specials and pop-up deals going on so stop in and let us help you spread some Christmas cheer to you and your loved ones. We are open until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

‘Tis the Season: Make a Gift to the Museum

On Tuesday, Dec. 2 we kicked off our annual appeal alongside other not-for-profit organizations as part of #GivingTuesday. This holiday season please consider making a gift to the Museum for yourself or as a present to your loved ones.

Matching Gift Campaign Benefits the Water Tower

Thanks to the generosity of two long-time Museum supporters and Life Trustees, Bo and Anita Hedfors, we are excited 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. 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 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.

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