Dear members and supporters,

All of us at the Swedish American Museum hope that you, our members and supporters, are healthy and staying safe.

We are all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing the situation in different ways and we are especially thankful to the people who are working to get us through this period healthy. We are thinking of the people who work in hospitals, grocery stores, deliveries, and other essential businesses that are producing products for the health industry.

During this time of limited access to public places, the Museum’s income is greatly reduced due to the lack of visitors, school tours and reduced daily regular programs. However, most of our expenses remain. It will cost approximately $50,000/month to cover payroll, the mortgage, and utilities. As regulations have changed the Museum has been able to increase its programming to include both in person and remote events. So make sure to keep your membership up to date.

The Board of Directors of the Museum is fully committed to get us through this period and has made financial contributions to help reduce the financial impact of this closure.

We are now asking you, our members and supporters, to show your support by making a financial contribution.

Your ongoing support of the Museum is very important to us and will keep us all going.

With sincere appreciation,
Elizabeth Peterson, Chair of Board of Directors
Bengt Sjögren, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Karin Moen Abercrombie, Executive Director

At the Swedish American Museum, we pride ourselves in offering a wonderful array of exhibits, events, and programming that honors, celebrates, and educates Museum visitors on Sweden’s past, present, and future. For the Museum to be able to continue to provide these services and unique learning experiences, we need the support of donors like you. Outside support enables the Museum to maintain and expand our current programming, as well as fill the gaps in the Museum’s operating budget not covered by other funding sources.

The Museum is a non-profit 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for your support and interest in the Swedish American Museum!



Give to the Museum Day is a special day set aside for members and friends to make online donations to the Swedish American Museum. This year, we are focused on raising money to help fund our soon to open, Museum café. As you probably already know, last year the Museum purchased the building next door. The shop will move over to the new building in order to make room for a café. Help us raise $5,000 towards this goal.

The Kurt Mathiasson Heritage Society

For over 30 years, the Swedish American Museum has helped preserve Swedish immigration heritage and provided educational and cultural opportunities for many thousands of children and adults. You can be a part of ensuring this important mission for future generations by making a bequest to the Museum in your will, trust, or other estate plans. Click here to learn more about how you can leave a legacy.

Immigrant Wall

immigrant-wall-of-honorPreserve your family history and honor your immigrant ancestors by placing their names on the Immigrant Wall of Honor. Purchase a brick to be personalized with a brass plaque, engraved with the honoree’s name, country/nationality, and year of immigration. The cost is $50 per brick and is tax deductible.

If you are interested in making a tax–deductible gift today, please contact our Executive Director, Karin Moen Abercrombie at or 773.728.8111 ext. 29.

Make a Memorial Donation

Please include who the donation should honor in the notes during the checkout process.

Give While You Shop

The Swedish American Museum is part of iGive, an online shopping platform that donates a portion of all purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Shop at one of the 1700+ stores you already love while not paying a penny extra. The store will cover your donation!

You can easily shop with iGive by downloading the app on your smartphone, installing the toolbar on your browser, or simply shop through It is free, no extra cost, and no extra work is needed. Please click here to visit the iGive website for more information.

Shop through and select the Swedish American Museum to make a difference! There is no added cost and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Museum.

giveswedishgivingtuesday2016#ILGive is a one-day, statewide movement to do good in our own communities on #GivingTuesday. By giving locally we can have a major impact on the causes we care about most while building a stronger, more vibrant Illinois.

We need your support in order to continue offering exhibits, events, and programming that honors Sweden’s past, present, and future. When you #GiveSwedish, you help support field trips for hundreds of schoolchildren in the only children’s museum dedicated to immigration.

Thank you to everyone who supported us for Giving Tuesday 2017!

Annual Appeal

Consider joining the Swedish American Museum’s Annual Appeal. Know that your tax deductible donation will go a long way in preserving Swedish culture and traditions.

Click here to read the Annual Appeal 2017 and then donate by clicking the button above.