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July 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am

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Meet Lilly Setterdahl who will talk about a lifelong passion to preserve Swedish-American history.

Driven by a relentless passion to record as much history about Swedish-Americans as possible, Lennart Setterdahl (1928-1995) and his family have made prolific contributions to our understanding of Swedish America and Swedish immigration.

When Lennart Setterdahl (1928-1995) first moved to America, he had no idea it would be a permanent move. Soon after, his wife Lilly and their young sons joined him. What followed was a lifetime consumed by a relentless drive to document as much of Swedish America as possible, both its people and organizations, in a race against time as the early generations of Swedish immigrants and their children aged. On exhibit will be the Setterdahl family’s story of how they came to do this work and just a few of the many thousands of stories the family has collected over the years. Learn about the process of recording and preserving history with the Setterdahls’ original tools of the trade, including a microfilm camera. See Swedish Americans through the lens of Lennart Setterdahl’s camera, and hear their stories in their own words.


July 6, 2019
11:00 am


Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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