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On Saturday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. to noon, the Swedish American Museum will host a gallery walk of the new exhibit, Nordic Light, in the Museum’s main floor gallery. For more information on the exhibit, please click here.
The exhibit Nordic Light, a display of paintings by Swedish artist Johan Thunberg, opens at the Swedish American Museum on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a free event. For more information on the exhibit, please click here.
Join the Swedish American Museum, SACC and SWEA for a Swedish Soccer Evening! On Wednesday, Sept. 1, come see the Chicago Red Stars as they take on the Philadelphia Independence on a first-ever Swedish Night at Toyota Park.
UPDATE: Kosovare Asllani will no longer be present at Swedish Night. Sara Larsson and Caroline Seger of the Philadelphia Independence will be at Swedish Night’s meet and greet at Toyota Park.
The tailgate picnic and festivities begin at 5 p.m., the gates open at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $13and $28, and tickets must be purchased in advance. To visit the Swedish Night Web page, please click here.
Toyota Park is located at 7000 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview. For complete driving and public transit directions, please click here.
The Kerstin Andersson Museum Store is part of Andersonville’s Sidewalk Sale during the weekend of Friday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 1. The Museum Store will sell store items outside the Museum sidewalk on Clark Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the Sidewalk Sale, please click here to visit the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Web site.
Our current exhibit, 17 Swedish Designers, closes on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. If you have not already, stop by the Museum to view this well-known traveling exhibit! Please click here for more information on 17 Swedish Designers as well as a preview of our next exhibit, Nordic Light.
Swedish-American author Lilly Setterdahl, whose latest nonfiction work, Chicago Swedes: They Spoke From the Heart, has created a special online video using pictures found in her book. To view the video online, please click here. Chicago Swedes: They Spoke From the Heart is available for purchase at the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store.
Our permanent exhibit, The Dream of America: Swedish Immigration to Chicago is located on the second floor of the Museum. The exhibit explores the struggles and triumphs of the Swedish immigrant experience and asks the question: would you leave home today in search of a better tomorrow?
The exhibit follows Swedish immigrants from the arduous journey to the new world to building a life and community in Chicago. It examines topics such as why so many Swedes left their homeland and what they packed for their voyage, as well as careers they chose in the Chicago area and the social lives within their immigrant communities. Visitors will encounter authentic artifacts that reflect the experiences and perspectives of immigrants – from household items they brought from Sweden and travel items such as passports and steamship tickets to memorabilia from Chicago-based Swedish-American organizations and Swedish folk crafts produced in the United States and abroad.
Visitors meet many characters within the exhibit, including, Stina Olofsdotter , who is helping her son prepare for his journey to America in 1868; Karl Karlson, whose family arrives in New York in 1893; and Elin Hedman and her daughter Birgitta who passed through Ellis Island in 1924.
Visitors can also trace the history of the Museum itself – which was founded by a Swedish Immigrant, Kurt Mathiasson, in 1976 – from a small storefront on Clark Street to a three-floor cultural institution.
Come explore the lives of those who transformed Chicago into the Swedish Capital of North America!
The Swedish American Museum offers docent-led group tours of our Permanent Exhibit, The Dream of America: Swedish Immigration to Chicago. We can accommodate groups of up to 60 people for a docent-led tour. If you would like to arrange a Museum visit for a group of over 60 people, please contact our curator.
For questions, or to schedule a guided tour for your group, contact the Museum curator, Veronica Robinson, at VRobinson@samac.org or 773.728.8111. The Museum also offers scheduled monthly guided tours–to see dates, please click here.
Looking to schedule a tour for a childrens group? Click here for field trip information!
Our next special exhibit will open Friday, Sept. 2, 2010, with an reception between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The artist Johan Thunberg from Sweden, will be present. More information to come.
The Museum is participating in Andersonville Green Week with an event for Children on Saturday, July 17 between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. We will be making nature books that the children can bring along on their next walk. For a full schedule click here.
Time Out Chicago is hosting an online voting contest for the best shopping spots in Chicago, and the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store is a contestant for the category of “Best Museum Gift Store.” Vote online for the Museum Store now! Please click here or the icon above to visit Time Out Chicago‘s 2010 Shopping Awards voting page.