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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.

May 18, 2015

The Museum will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.

Giordano’s Supports the Water Tower Fund

At the ribbon cutting for the new Andersonville outpost of Giordano’s, the Swedish American Museum received a generous contribution for the Water Tower Fund. Giordano’s CEO Yorgo Koutsogiorgas presented Museum Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie with a check for $5000 that includes proceeds from a sneak preview event, as well as a matching gift by the famed Chicago pizza company. The company also honored the neighborhood landmark by including a depiction of the Andersonville Water Tower on one wall of the newly-opened restaurant. Thank you, Giordano’s–and welcome to the neighborhood!

Genealogy Session Explores Pullman Records

At our next genealogy session  on Saturday, May 23 Shirley Koelling and Judy Baouab will present about the information that can be found via the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society Library and Pullman employee records. If you are a budding genealogist this is a great event to check out! Read more here.

May 3, 2015

Giordano’s Supports the Water Tower Fund

At the ribbon cutting for the new Andersonville outpost of Giordano’s, the Swedish American Museum received a generous contribution for the Water Tower Fund. Giordano’s CEO Yorgo Koutsogiorgas presented Museum Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie with a check for $5000 that includes proceeds from a sneak preview event, as well as a matching gift by the famed Chicago pizza company. The company also honored the neighborhood landmark by including a depiction of the Andersonville Water Tower on one wall of the newly-opened restaurant. Thank you, Giordano’s–and welcome to the neighborhood!

Advanced Screening: “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out…”

Join us on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. for a FREE advanced screening of the award-winning Swedish film “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” starring Robert Gustafsson and directed by Felix Herngren. See it before the film’s theatrical release in Chicago with the Music Box Theatre. Reserve your spot via email.

April 29, 2015

Giordano’s Supports the Water Tower Fund

At the ribbon cutting for the new Andersonville outpost of Giordano’s, the Swedish American Museum received a generous contribution for the Water Tower Fund. Giordano’s CEO Yorgo Koutsogiorgas presented Museum Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie with a check for $5000 that includes proceeds from a sneak preview event held last week, as well as a matching gift by the famed Chicago pizza company. The company also honored the neighborhood landmark by including a depiction of the Andersonville Water Tower on one wall of the newly-opened restaurant. Thank you, Giordano’s–and welcome to the neighborhood!

Music at the Museum

Spring has arrived in Chicago and with the flowers comes May…music! This Sunday, May 3 join us at 4 p.m. as we co-host along with North Park University the Sámi group Ulda. The group will be performing modern music based on traditional Sámi chants called yoik. The following week on Saturday, May 9 at 5 p.m. the Chicago-based Swedish choir Merula will have their annual concert where they will “Sing into Spring.”

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