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Research your Swedish Genealogy Interested in your Swedish ancestry? Let us help! We can be hired to research for you, or you can come and use our extensive resources. Learn more on our Genealogy page by clicking the image above.

Translation Services Do you have letters in old Swedish handwriting? Hire us to translate them! The Swenson Center staff can be hired to translate from Swedish to English. We are fluent in Swedish and English and specialize in (mid-) 19th to 20th Century script.

Exhibit: United in Song The Swenson Center has a new exhibit on display in the reading room. "United in Song: Forming a Swedish-American Identity through Chocal Clubs and Singing Societies" explores singing's influence on the Swedish-American experience. On display through early August. Can't visit? Click to check out the virtual exhibit.

New Library Books The Swenson Center is actively adding new books to our library. Check this page to see some of the new titles. To see all of our library holdings, search the catalog (above) and look for "Swenson Center" in the location of your search results.

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

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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