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The American Scandinavian Association at Augustana, Rock Island, Illinois, USA

The ASA was founded in 1934 by a group of Scandinavians living in the Quad City area. We are an Associate Chapter of the American Scandinavian Foundation, headquartered in New York. The ASA aims are:

  • to stimulate and promote interest in relations and culture between America and all five of the Nordic countries
  • to preserve the Nordic heritage in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa
  • to advance Nordic culture in the U.S. and U.S. culture in the Nordic countries

Some local annual celebrations include:

  • Midsommar Fest
  • Kräftskiva (Crayfish Party) in August
  • Luciafest in association with Augustana's Scandinavian Department
  • Pea Soup (Ärtsoppa) and Pancake Supper in January/February
  • Lutfisk Dinner in Autumn, usually November (see our listing at Lutfisk Lovers' Lifeline)
  • Bus trips to Chicago's Andersonville and IKEA stores

The ASA welcomes new members. Annual Membership fees are $10 per individual, $20 per family.

Membership privileges include:

  • Opportunities for participation in ASA activities
  • Informational newsletters
  • Occasional cooking demonstrations

E-mail us to request a brochure!

Or mail membership payment, checks payable to ASA, to:
ASA Membership
Swenson Center
Augustana College
639 38th Street
Rock Island IL 61201-2296

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