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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.”

April 17, 2015

Photo Restoration in Four Easy Steps

Join the Nordic Family Genealogy Center as we host Eric Basir, who will discuss photo restoration. Scan, restore and print a photo like the pros from beginning to end. This is a fast and fun session would new and experienced genealogists alike. Guests are encouraged to bring photos for this demonstration. Click here to read more.

Runes, Twitter and the Vikings

What are runes, these most enigmatic of characters? Even the word rune itself is claimed to mean ‘mystery.’ Enter the world of runic inscriptions with its lively Pagans and pious Christians. Learn about law makers, warriors, trade correspondence, death poems, cryptograms, and autocrats with Henrik Williams, professor of Scandinavian Language at Uppsala University. And above all, find out what the Vikings have to say on their mighty rune stones. Click here to read more and to reserve your spot at the lecture.

April 11, 2015

Museum Executive Director Receives Honor

Congratulations to our fearless leader Karin Moen Abercrombie, who won the Mathiasson Community Service Award at the Andersonville Honors Gala held on April 9. The Mathiasson Community Service Award, established to honor Kurt Mathaisson who was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Andersonville,” is an award the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce bestows on an individual who most exemplifies Mathiasson’s devotion and commitment to the ongoing vitality of the Andersonville community. All of us who work and volunteer alongside Karin can attest that it is a well-deserved honor.

Come to the Museum’s Annual Meeting

All are welcome—members and non-members—to attend this celebration of the Museum’s achievements and activities from the past year and the Swedish American Museum’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 14. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the annual meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. To make your pre-paid reservations click here.

April 6, 2015

This week the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration (located on the Swedish American Museum’s third floor) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

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