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Lecture on U.S. Elections in Sweden

Dr. Dag Blanck, director of the Swenson Center, presents “Familiarity, Fascination, and Fear: How the U.S. Elections are Seen and Discussed in Sweden.”

Swedish American newspaper

Swedish American Newspapers Digitized Now online! Swedish American Newspapers is an online portal which allows users to explore more than 300,000 pages from 28 different Swedish American newspaper titles published across the United States between 1859 and 2007.

Ander Lecture 2016

Now you can watch Dr. Adam Kaul give the 2016 Ander Lecture "Making and Marketing Heritage: Nostalgia, Dissonance, and Sustainability in Bishop Hill, Illinois"

Exhibit: Swedes in American Politics The exhibit on display in the Swenson Center's reading room is "Swedes in American Politics: The John Ericsson Republican League." On display through December 16th. Can't visit? Click to check out the virtual exhibit.

Swedish American Immigration History A brief history of the Swedish mass migration to North America written by Swenson Center Director Dr. Dag Blanck.

People celebrating midsommar

Support The Swenson Center is a nonprofit organization that depends entirely on donations from generous people like you. Consider becoming a member today!


Location The Swenson Center is located in Denkmann Memorial Hall on Augustana College's campus in Rock Island, IL.


Hours Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:30pm. Please make an appointment. During the summer, the Center will close at 12:00pm on Fridays