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March 29, 2015

Sofia Talvik is Live in Andersonville

Join us as we welcome back to the Museum Swedish singer Sofia Talvik on Tuesday, March 31. Currently touring in promotion of her newest album, Big Sky Country, Talvik has made an impression on audiences from Lollapalooza to South by Southwest. Tickets are $15 and available for advanced purchase online or at the door. The show, co-sponsored by the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce-Chicago’s Young Professionals, kicks off at 7 p.m.

Remembering the Andersonville Water Tower

For nearly 90 years the water tower above the Swedish American Museum, known as the Andersonville Water Tower, served as a landmark for the neighborhood that was once home to a majority of Swedish immigrants. The record harsh winter of 2014 caused irreparable harm to the tank’s structure, and on March 20, 2014, the 16-foot tall tank was removed from the roof of the Museum. One year on, we now know that the damage was too serious to allow for the return of the original water tower tank to our rooftop. The neighborhood doesn’t feel quite the same without the Andersonville Water Tower, so to that end the Swedish American Museum, along with supporters and community partners, has been working to raise $150,000 needed to recreate this valued landmark. Currently three local architects are brainstorming designs for the new Andersonville Water Tower, which we hope will serve as a beacon over our neighborhood for many centuries to come. In the meantime, we have a very limited amount of commemorative pieces of the original water tower tank that Chicago artist, Peter Dunham, has helped create that will be for sale with the proceeds going to the Water Tower Fund. They cost $100 and are available to purchase at the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store.

The Tallgrass Prairie Comes to the Museum

The Swedish American Museum’s newest special exhibit, “Homage to the Tallgrass Prairie” by George Olson, is now open. It features the native grasses and wildflowers of the North American Prairie. The artist has been involved with prairie restorations in Illinois for over 25 years and his watercolors capture his deep interest in our state’s natural heritage. Come in and see spring come to life inside the Museum’s gallery.

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