Conferences, Meetings, and Tours

The Society sponsors two meetings annually for its members, including periodic academic conferences featuring noted speakers and panelists, dinner meetings in Chicago, and field trips to Swedish-American sites. Non-members are welcome if space is available.

  • Conferences
  • Meetings
  • Tours of Swedish–America


Joy Lintelman, author of I Go to America and board member of the Swedish American Historical Society, was given a very prestigious Minnesota Book Award (non-fiction) for her recently published book on Mina Anderson. You can read about the award here, and buy the book online here.


Swedish-American Historical Society Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

The Swedish-American Historical Society celebrated its 60th anniversary Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at a symposium and festive dinner at the Westmoreland Country Club in suburban Chicago. A number of presentations were made at the anniversary dinner, at which Nils Hasselmo, former president of the University of Minnesota and of the Society, was the main speaker. The Society’s Carl Sandburg Medals were presented to Eloise and LeRoy Nelson of Chicago.

Full story and photos from the Anniversary Dinner here.

2007 Academic Conference

A two-day academic conference in the fall of 2007 explored the theme, “Friends and Neighbors? Swedes and Norwegians in the United States.” This conference was held at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and considered the interaction between Swedish and Norwegian immigrants and their descendants in America. The conference was co-sponsored by our Society and the Swenson Center at Augustana College.


A dinner meeting and program is held at least once a year. Most recently, these dinner meetings have featured:

  • Carl Linnaeus and his botanical work, in the year of the 300th anniversary of his birth
  • Swedish immigrant history in Chicago, described by Gary T. Johnson, president of the Chicago History Museum
  • Slide show on the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893 and its Swedish side
  • Stories of Swedish immigrants who came to America after World War II

Tours of Swedish–America

Every year or so, the Society sponsors historical tours of Swedish America, usually in cooperation with local Swedish historical societies. In recent years, we’ve visited:

Your Suggestions Welcome

Do you have a favorite “Swedish town” you’d like to visit with Swedish-American historians? Or a suggestion for a program focusing on some aspect of our Swedish-American heritage?

Let us hear from you.