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Birdies for Charity

Support the Swenson Center with Birdies for Charity

The Swenson Center is happy to announce we’ve joined up with Birdies for Charity. If you don’t know, Birdies is a charity program designed to help area non-profits, and is part of the annual John Deere Classic golf tournament held July 9-15, 2018 this year.

Your donations to this program are tax-deductible, with the full amount going to support the Swenson Center. As an added bonus, John Deere contributes an additional 5-10% of all donations. This means your donation goes even further to support our projects.

The Swenson Center will use donations this year to support these exciting projects:

  • New, archival-quality newspaper boxes for our Swedish-American newspaper collection of over 175 different titles. We still need 134 boxes (of 229 total) to rehouse our entire newspaper collection from acidic boxes to new acid-free enclosures. Each box costs around $15. This $3,500 total project will preserve these unique titles for decades to come. The majority of these titles have not yet been digitized by the Swedish American newspapers project (
  • Bringing Erika Jackson, former Swenson Center fellow and author of "Scandinavians in Chicago: The Origins of White Privilege in Modern America" (University of Illinois Press, December 2018), to lecture for the Augustana College campus and community.

There are two ways to participate in Birdies, either by a flat donation, or by a pledge for each birdie made during the golf tournament (a birdie is a score of 1-under par on a golf hole).

Please download our pledge card, fill it out (checks payable to Quad Cities Golf Classic Charitable Foundation), and returning it to us by July 6, 2018. Thanks for supporting the Swenson Center!

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, located in the Denkmann building at Augustana College, is a national library and archives providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America.


Lisa Huntsha, 309-794-7496

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