I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently. Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs. Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry. Some events may be cultural.
I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the February 2021 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.
The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL. The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.
You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:
Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL
The Swedish American Genealogical Society has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum (now actually taking place as a Zoom program). There is a genealogy program via Zoom scheduled for February 27, 2021 from 1 pm to 2 pm (Please note the different time for this program). Below the separator line is what was contained in the newsletter about this program:
Book Club & Genealogy Session ONLINE
February 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In February the Swedish American Museum Genealogy Society and Book Club will join together in reading “My Maja, A Grandson’s Tribute” by Dr. Donald Grossnickle. This event is free for everyone and we are looking forward to discussing this book between the two different groups.
The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store and please note that the meeting starts at 1 p.m.
ABOUT THE BOOK
My Maja, A Grandson’s Tribute is an upbeat chronicle and analysis of Swedish immigrant Maria Kallgren surviving the Great Depression by tapping into grit and resilience called “framåtanda”. Many Americans can recall a story told from family history when an immigrant grandparent is sentimental and recounts joys and sorrows of leaving the former country behind and starts a new life. Sure to trigger emotions and offer transferable life lessons, My Maja adds to a global explosion of Scandinavian based writing that entertains and illuminates alternative ways to achieve genuine life fulfillment and happiness. Probing what it takes to be fearless in meeting the inevitable adversity and challenges in one’ future is a worthwhile investment at any age. Grandma Maja harbored 3 well-hidden secrets in her steamer trunk. It took serious detective work to understand who was involved, what happened and how it was resolved. Millions engaged in genealogy are warned that a problem exists when hidden family secrets are exposed. Deciding what to do with them leads to heart wrenching choices. Author, Mary Beth Sammons writes, “Dr Don Grossnickle, through his research, discovered his grandmother’s steamer trunk that she brought with her from Sweden…. Inside he found photos, archives and a treasure trove of family history. As a child, he was drawn to the legacy stories of gritty ancestors Maja had memorialized. Tantalizing lore and legend set the stage for dramatic storytelling of brave valor with a proud pedigree of inspirational rags-to riches-legacies. Sharing her vivid details of finding creative ways through hard times became the platform for a close and long relationship.” This lively book portrays one woman’s dramatic and spirited refusal to accept defeat and prove her gritty and unique resilience of the heart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Don Grossnickle has applied theory and practice lessons to his life integrating gritty resilience learned from his Swedish immigrant grandmother. Spanning his varied career, he has engaged in writing about and implemented initiatives to deal with high school dropout, assisting recovering paralyzed injured high school athletes, and boosting providing compassionate care for impoverished mothers and babies suffering from malaria in Uganda East Africa. Grossnickle turns now to celebrate women like Grandma Maja and champion their stories of fighting big time adversity like the Great Depression. Discovering that the quiet valor of women like Maja are neglectfully missed by historians his mission now is to celebrate their guts and gumption. Impassioned to see that Maja’s story is no longer tucked away like the photos and family history archives he found in 2004 abandoned in a dusty long forgotten trunk filled with treasures, Grossnickle rescues them. 16 years of research has woven together a story of joys and scars. Maja fought hard for survival artistically crafting a mosaic life for her family from the pieces of her shattered Swedish American dream. Maja was intent to teach her three children about American rugged individualism and Swedish teamwork refusing to give in to despair. Maja loved both Sweden and grew to love America as a land of opportunity for those that refuse to falter. Her grandmotherly love was sweet and the two breakdowns that nearly killed her were well hidden beneath her generous caring and love. Maja’s young husband fell over dead in front of her and the three young children as the stain of a Depression era business failed and he was beaten down. Maja stood tall and stepped up determined to survive. Written in part to offer Maja’s great great granddaughter details of her namesake, Maja Kallgren Wittenstron comes back to life with 40 pages of photos and a storybook. This long overdue tribute honors a remarkable woman adventurer from Solleftea Northern Sweden. Swedish history professor and genealogy expert Lars Lundstrom and US historian Dr. Amy Lippert add authority to the writing team.
The newsletter also notes that genealogy researchers can schedule themselves for one-on-one research help on the right sidebar. Times noted are on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1 pm, 1 pm to 2 pm, and 2 pm to 3 pm. Also on Saturdays from 1 to 2 pm and 2 pm to 3 pm.
Here are the stated costs for the one-on-one research help:
Genealogical Society members: No fee for first hour; $10 for each additional hour on the same day.
Museum member only: $10 for first hour and $30 for each additional hour on the same day.
Non-member: $30 fee for each hour
Please call the Museum at 773.728.8111 or e-mail email@example.com to make an appointment. Individuals with appointments have priority over walk-ins.
Please fill out a genealogy research request form here if you are unable to attend an in-person genealogy research session. Forms can be returned to us electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 773.728.8870.
Based on the information you provide, we will research using the resources available at the Genealogy Center. Information might be available within three weeks. If we are unable to assist you, we will try to refer you to other possible sources.
You can look at the Calendar of Events for the Swedish American Museum here at:
Swedish American Museum Calendar of Events
You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at email@example.com.
It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history, culture and ancestry.
Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing during February 2021 at the Swedish American Museum:
Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago February 2021
See what interests you. Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots. Take a look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of February 2021
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