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Academic Research & Events

The Swenson Center promotes academic research on Swedish migration to North America by hosting a number of conferences, lectures, and visiting scholars. We are interested in this topic from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines. 


Academic conferences have been sponsored or co-sponsored by the Center on a continuing basis since 1987. Many of the conferences have been documented in book form or in academic journals.

Visiting Scholar Award

The Center offers a $2,500 award for visiting scholars to conduct research on any aspect of Swedish-American history. One scholarship is awarded annually.
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O. Fritiof Ander Lecture Series

Since 1991, the annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture Series has brought a prominent scholar in the field of immigration studies to give a lecture on the Augustana College campus. 

Faculty Research Stipend

The Swenson Center offers an annual Faculty Research Stipend for an Augustana College faculty member to spend time exploring the materials available at the Center, with the intent that they will incorporate these resources into courses or their research projects. 

Academic Research Assistance & Topics

You don't have to receive an award to receive our assistance. The Center promotes Swedish-American studies by assisting scholars both on-site and via remote requests. 

Swedish Immigration to North America

An overview of Swedish immigration history written by Swenson Center director, Dr. Dag Blanck. 

Digital Permanent Exhibit

Digital version of the permanent exhibit "Swedish Immigration to North America" located in the Center's reading room. The exhibit features a timeline of Swedish immigration, settlement maps of Swedish-American communities, and thematic panels featuring images from the Center's archival collections. 

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