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June 2022

Dear friends, 

Two women in front of a large dala horseA few weeks ago I had the pleasant task of showing my mother around Sweden on her very first visit. Such a fun experience! While I spent much of my time meeting with library colleagues, we also visited plenty of museums and enjoyed Sweden in the springtime. One highlight was the "Come to Norden" travel poster exhibit at Nordiska Museet. These vintage travel posters show how the Nordic countries marketed themselves to tourists from the rest of Europe and beyond, showcasing 130 posters created between 1890 and 1960. Check it out!

School may be out, but we don't slow down at the Swenson Center! We have lots of upcoming events announced in this newsletter, but remember you can always check out our Events page to stay up-to-date between newsletters. If you're in the Chicago suburbs, be sure to attend Geneva's Swedish Days and visit our booth in Sweden Väst. We will be there selling our popular dishcloths! 

And finally, a friendly reminder that the Birdies for Charity pledges are due soon. The Birdies program is an important program for us. Not only does your full contribution come to the Center, but the program also donates an additional 5-10%, making your donation of any size go even further! Your donation helps fund fun events like the Nordic Book Club and Genealogy Club. We are going paperless this year, so simply click the link and enter Bird number "2132" to donate today. Thank you!

Glad midsommar

Lisa Huntsha
Assistant Director & Head of Collections

Geneva Swedish Days

Do you live in the Chicago area? Come visit our booth at Swedish Days in Geneva, IL! We will be on hand to tell you how the Swenson Center can help you in your hunt for Swedish immigrant ancestors.

Saturday, June 25
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location (new!): Sweden Väst/Judges Lot (James & Fourth Streets), Geneva, IL

Please note, we will not have time to conduct genealogy research at the event itself. 

Open Scandinavian Studies Faculty Position

Augustana College is now hiring for a Visiting Faculty Position in Scandinavian Studies. Beginning in August, the successful candidate will teach the Swedish language as well as Scandinavian literature and culture courses taught in English. Candidates with library/archival experience have the opportunity to split teaching responsibilities with library/archives work at the Swenson Center. 

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Advisory Committee Member Spotlight 

Mariano Magalhães

Mariano Magalhães is professor of political science at Augustana College, where he teaches classes on comparative politics, including Politics in Latin America and Politics in the Arab World. He is also the Coordinator of Student Research & Creative Scholarship at Augustana. Dr. Magalhães earned his PhD at the University of Iowa in 1999 and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Brasilia in 2011, one of the most prestigious universities in Brazil.

His recent research, conducted in Spring 2022, involved fieldwork in Sweden examining the contribution and role of students in the governance structure at Uppsala University. Dr. Magalhães is partnering with Dr. Adam Hjorthén to create a transatlantic digital course that will enroll students from Augustana College and Uppsala University, around the theme of crises, to bring together students from each country to share their perspectives and foster mutual understandings of current crises. 
Dr. Magalhães is excited to join the advisory committee to deepen his new-found love of Sweden and to contribute to helping others make connections to Sweden.

Mariano joined the Swenson Center's advisory committee this year. Welcome, Mariano!

Donate through Birdies for Charity

Support the Swenson Center and make your donation go further by donating through Birdies for Charity. The Center receives 100% of your donation and also an additional bonus from the program of at least 5%. Win-win!

Use our Bird Number "2132" to donate online. We will not be mailing out physical pledge cards this year. Donations due July 1. Thank you!

Donate Now

Using Swedish Newspapers

Join Jill Seaholm (Head of Genealogical Services) and Swenson Center volunteers for this month's topic "Using 'Swedish-Swedish' Newspapers for Genealogy Research."

Monday, July 18, 2022
6:00–7:00 p.m. Central
Free/Members & Augie students

Register by 6:00 p.m. July 17

More upcoming Genealogy Club events


Nordic Book Club

July's book is The Finnish-Soviet Winter War 1939–40 by David Murphy, 2021. With a visit from the author! 

This title was selected to help Nordic Book Club members understand historical context surrounding conflicts with Russia, given the ongoing war in Ukraine. There are striking parallels between the situation today and World War II and the Soviet Union's invasion of Finland. What comparisons can we draw? 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
6:00–7:00 p.m. Central

Register by July 11 to receive a link to join the meeting

Next Up

August: Power, Passion, and Faith: Emmy Evald Carlsson, Suffragist and Social Activist by Sharon Wyman, 2022

September: Everyday Sisu: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life by Katja Pantzar, 2022

We have a new registration procedure for the Nordic Book Club. Please register on our website for each event you wish to attend. You will then automatically receive reminder emails and Zoom information. Book selections through December are now posted!

Sign Up Now!

Swedish Dishcloth Sale

Support the Swenson Center with your purchase of these eco-friendly, biodegradable cloths. Dishcloths can be used just as you would a regular sponge. You can even wash them in your washing machine! CNN story about the Swedish dishcloth phenomenon.

$6 each or 4/$20

Order now!

We love our members!

As a nonprofit, we depend entirely on donations from people like you. Help us support our mission while receiving great perks! All members receive a subscription to Swedish American Genealogist, free attendance at our Nordic Book Club, Genealogy Club, use of our genealogy records, and more.

Thank you!

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639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201

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