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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Joy of Christmas

Founders Day Reunion
Plan to attend the Augustana Founders Day Reunion the weekend of April 25-26, 2015, at Augustana Lutheran Church and the Jenny Lind Chapel.  This special event celebrates the 155th anniversary of the Augustana Synod and the 165th anniversary of the Andover congregation.

On Saturday, April 25, there will be interest groups pertaining to the Augustana Synod and stories about Swedish immigrants.  The featured speaker at the noon lunch will be Orion Samuelson from WGN radio in Chicago.  A smorgasbord dinner will be served in the evening, followed by a hymn sing and vespers.

On Sunday, April 26, Northern Illinois Synod Bishop Gary Wollersheim will preach at the morning worship service.  Following a noon lunch, there will be guided tours of area historic sites and a concert by the Augustana College Choir from Rock Island.  The festive afternoon service will include a message by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton.  The Reunion will conclude with an evening dinner.

As we eagerly anticipate two days of fun and learning, you will want to review the topic descriptions of the 10 invited speakers who will make presentations on Saturday and the two bishops who will be preaching on Sunday.

Here is the Registration Form.  The registration deadline is April 1, 2015.  You may wish to review the current list of attendees and the details of their reservations.

Notice. Because the weather forecast for Saturday, April 25, includes strong winds and heavy rain, all of the daytime events on Saturday will be in the Augustana Church facilities. This means that the registration and snacks will be in Luther Hall from 8-9 am followed by the opening devotions in the church sanctuary.

The interest groups will all be held in the locations shown on the schedule (handout), with the exception of Peter Ellersten's, which will be held in one of the education unit rooms instead of the Chapel. The evening vesper service will still be held at the Chapel.

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

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:  Apr. 24,  2014