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Emigrant steamer "Orlando," 1880. Leaving Gothenburg, Sweden, for Hull, England, on first leg of Atlantic passage.

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center (located at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL) is a national library and archives providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America. We also help people research their Swedish-American genealogy. 


Make an appointment by emailing or calling 309-794-7204. Location and hours

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Nordic Book Club

Swede HollowThe monthly Swenson Center book club discusses books on Nordic topics or by Nordic authors.


The Swenson Center offers fun learning opportunities for students of all ages! We offer Swedish language classes, craft workshops, and a Nordic Book Club.


Nordic Book Club

Nearly NormalJoin the monthly Swenson Center book club to discuss books on Nordic topics or by Nordic authors.