Jenny Lind Chapel
Andover, Illinois

Landmark of Pioneer Faith






The Chapel and museum are open every day, 9 am to 5 pm, April through October.  Both are air conditioned, for your comfort and to help preserve the artifacts.  A 5 minute narrated slideshow about the history of the Chapel may be viewed on the iPad located on the desk in the museum.

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2015 Founders Day Reunion

Birdies for Charity
The Jenny Lind Chapel is participating in the John Deere Classic Golf Tournament Birdies for Charity pledge program. This is a great way to provide funds for the Chapel ministry.

The official pledge card is available at the Chapel or it may be downloaded and printed.  In filling out the card, the charity name is "Jenny Lind Chapel" and the Bird Number is 1955.  The address for sending in your pledge card is Birdies for Charity, 15623 Coaltown Rd, East Moline, IL 61244.  All pledge cards must be received by July 10, 2015.

Vespers Service conducted by area congregations.
Every Sunday, June 14-August 30, 7:00 pm

   July 5 - Pr. Michael Lawyer, St. Paul Lutheran, Orion
   July 12 - Pr. Wayne Melaas-Swanson, Messiah Lutheran, Port Byron
   July 19 - Pr. Don Knowles, Calvary Lutheran, Moline

   July 26 - Pr. John Leaf, Retired, Moline
   August 2 - Pr. Brad Haugen, Peace Lutheran, Port Byron
   August 9 - Pr. Greg Mayer, Retired, Rock Island

   August 16 - Ms. Linda Schmidt, AIM, First Lutheran, Geneseo
   August 23 - Pr. Michel Clark, Grace Lutheran, Knoxville
   August 30 - Pr. Randy Willers, Salem Lutheran, Moline

Andover's 180th Anniversary Festival
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7
Andover Lake Park and nearby sites
Featuring:  Street parade, fireworks, Civil War reenactments, 7th annual antique lawn and farm tractor show, food, contests, artists, barn quilt show, quilt show, cemetery walk at the Jenny Lind Chapel, and much more 

Swedish Högmässa Service
Sunday, September 27, 4:00 pm
At this service the liturgy is in Swedish and the sermon is in English. Light refreshments will be served following the service.

Andover Christmas Walk
Saturday, December 5, 4:30-8:00 pm
The walk is at several locations including the Jenny Lind Chapel.

45th Annual Joy of Christmas with Augustana College
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 pm
This event starts at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover and ends at the candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel.  Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with Communion
Thursday, December 24, 11:00 pm

165th Annual Julotta - early Christmas morning service at Augustana Church
Friday, December 25, 6:30 am
At this service the choir anthem is in Swedish and the sermon is in English.

The Jenny Lind Chapel is a memorial to Swedish settlers who came to America in 1849 to found a branch of the Swedish Lutheran Church under the leadership of Pastor Lars Paul Esbjörn.  He later became the first president of Augustana College.

It was a struggle for these pioneers to fund and build this chapel.  The congregation grew and in 1870 they built a new church in Andover.  The chapel was given its name in 1948 as it was presented to the Augustana Synod.

The Jenny Lind Chapel became the mother church for hundreds of other churches of the Augustana Lutheran Church in America.  This church body merged into the Lutheran Church in America in 1962 and is now a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  The Chapel is owned by the Northern Illinois Synod (ELCA).

The Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It houses a museum that offers exhibits of the early immigrant experience as well as audio and video presentations.  The cemetery adjacent to the Chapel is the resting place of the faithful including Jonas Swensson, the second president of the Augustana Synod. During the year the Chapel is visited not only by Swedes but also by people of many other nationalities interested in the immigration experience.

The Chapel hosts special events throughout the year including the annual Founders Day service in April, Sunday evening vespers at 7:00 pm during June, July and August, the Swedish Högmässa service in September, and the "Joy of Christmas" service.  Call Augustana Lutheran Church at 309-521-8127 for current schedule information.

To insure the continuation of the Chapel as an expression of the pioneer heritage of the Lutheran Church in the U.S., prayerfully consider a donation or estate gift to the Chapel. Please send your check to Jenny Lind Chapel, Augustana Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 157, Andover, IL 61233.  Make it payable to "Jenny Lind Chapel".

You may also use your credit card or PayPal account to make a contribution to the Chapel's operating fund by clicking on this Donate button.  You will receive an email receipt.  Thank you!

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Webmaster:  David Renneke

Last update:  June 29,  2014