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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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Swenson Center Julbord Dinner

Join the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center for its 3rd annual Julbord dinner. Come eat traditional Swedish-American Christmas smörgåsbord fare before the Sankta Lucia performance. 

Festival of Sankta Lucia Dec. 3

Augustana's annual celebration of the Festival of Sankta Lucia will take place on Dec. 3. The event commemorates the Scandinavian holiday with traditional songs and stories.