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Welcome/Välkommen!

The Swenson Center is a national and international research center for the study of Swedish-American history and relations. 

We collect, preserve and make available archival and library materials, promote and initiate research, and are a leader in Swedish-American genealogy. 

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Library & Archives

Discover our resources by searching both the library catalog and archives database. 

Newsletter

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News

Events

  • Irrbloss Folk Concert
    Thu, Oct 06
    Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
    Oct 06, 7:00 PM CDT
    Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    Swedish folk musicians Maja Heurling and Ola Sandström who will present the poetry of Signe Aurell, a Swedish immigrant and labor activist. This performance will feature songs based on the poetry of Aurell, as well as stories from her life in both Sweden and Minnesota.
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  • Swedish 1
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Oct 09
    Zoom
    Oct 09, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
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    Learn Swedish with us!
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  • Nordic Book Club, October
    Oct 11, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
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    Shadows Over Bishop Hill: A Bishop Hill Mystery by Mary Davidsaver, 2021. With visit from the author!
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  • Genealogy Club, October
    Oct 17, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
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    Family Tree Software: learn about the different brands of genealogy software available, what they can do, etc., and show us what you like about yours.
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  • Preserving Your Family Archives
    Oct 19, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
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    Do you have boxes of old family records? Do you wish to properly care for them, but don't know how to get started? Come hear an archivist and preservation specialist give practical tips for storing and handling your family keepsakes so they last for generations.
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  • Nordic Book Club, November
    Nov 08, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
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    An Elderly Lady Who Must Not be Crossed by Helene Tursten (translated by Marlaine Delargy), 2021
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  • Gnomevember Workshop
    Thu, Nov 17
    Rock Island
    Nov 17, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Rock Island, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    Come learn a brief history of Scandinavian gnomes (tomte, nisse, tonttu) and make a small gnome of your own!
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  • Swedish Advent Stars
    Sat, Dec 03
    Rock Island
    Dec 03, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Rock Island, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    Come learn how to weave Scandinavian advent stars from old book pages. These make great tree toppers, ornaments, or package decorations.
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  • Nordic Book Club, December
    Dec 13, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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    Children of the Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren (translated by Florence Lamborn)
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  • Nordic Book Club, January
    Jan 10, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
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    Join us to discuss "Son of Svea: A Tale of the People's Home" by Lena Andersson, 2022.
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  • Genealogy Club, January
    Jan 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
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    Research in Skåne Province: learn about different record sources available for Skåne. Share your experiences and research successes.
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  • Nordic Book Club, February
    Feb 13, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
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    Join us to discuss "So Much Longing In So Little Space: The Art of Edvard Munch" by Karl Ove Knausgaard, 2019. JOINT PROGRAM with the Figge Art Museum (Davenport, IA)
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  • Genealogy Club, February
    Feb 20, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
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    Swedish Records in FamilySearch: Join us while Savannah Larson, on the Nordic staff of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, shows us about the Swedish research that can be done using FamilySearch.org
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  • Nordic Book Club, March
    Mar 14, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
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    Join us to discuss "Everything I Don't Remember: A Novel" by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, 2016
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Testimonials

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Anne-Charlotte Harvey

Professor Emerita, San Diego State University

Having twice been a guest scholar at the Center myself, I can testify to its unique holdings, its skilled and dedicated staff, and its welcoming ambience. In SSIRC's focused setting, research can be done more efficiently than at larger institutions. SSIRC is one of the two foremost archives worldwide holding Swedish-American newspapers, currently digitizing this resource to offer increased accessibility.