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September 20, 2015

A Portrait of Swedish-American Success in Chicago

_img016The Swedish American Museum’s newest exhibit, “Appleton: Portrait of a Swedish Chicago Legacy,” looks at the Appleton family, whose patriarch emigrated from Sweden. Albert Ivar Appleton came from Sweden to Chicago in 1885 and by 1903, he had founded Appleton Electric in Chicago at a time when the electric manufacturing industry was in its infancy. Through the years, Albert Ivar and his descendants were avid collectors of art and decorative arts, and the collection remains in the family today. This exhibit features this private art collection and personal photos in order to tell the story of the Appleton family as a Swedish-American story of industrial success in Chicago. The exhibit’s opening celebration will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. Start with Art follows from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 25 with Family Night taking place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. that same day.

Water Tower Fund Can Drive Ends This Month

Displaying cans and collecting donations for the Water Tower Fund has helped us achieve over $1000 of our $150,000 target to design, build and place a replica of the Andersonville Water Tower on the roof of the Swedish American Museum. With nearly $120,000 donated in total so far to the special fund, the Swedish American Museum is ready to enter the final phase of raising the amount needed to recreate this treasured landmark in Andersonville. We want to thank all who collected money for the Water Tower Fund during our can drive, which we are now bringing to a close. If you still have one of our collection cans, please return it to the Museum by the end of this month. Click here to help us reach our final goal! Thank you again for your support and for contributing to the great community spirit we have here in Andersonville!

Friends, Food and Fun at the Three Crowns Ball

SAM Three Crowns Ball 2015-8aWe will honor the North Park University’s Center for Scandinavian Studies and Dr. Charles Peterson. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at our annual dinner dance, and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum. This year’s ball will be held at the Crystal Ballroom in Evanston. To buy your ticket to this grand event or to find out more about the evening click here.

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