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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Photo collection
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Installation of new windows

Founders Day Service
Sunday, April 27, 4:00 pm
This service commemorates the beginning of Augustana Church, Augustana Synod, and Augustana College and Theological Seminary.  Rev. Mark Hanson, who served as Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from 2001-2013, will be the preacher.  The service will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover.

A meal will be served following the service for Rev. Hanson and his wife, as well as for persons attending the service. A free will donation will be received to cover the cost, but we do need an RSVP by April 18 so as to have adequate food prepared. Please contact the Augustana Church office: 309-521-8127 or

Weekend Reunion Rescheduled
The weekend reunion for Friends of Jenny Lind Chapel, Augustana Synod, and Swedish descendants originally scheduled for 2014 has been rescheduled to April 25-26, 2015.  ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach at the 2015 Founders Day Service the weekend of the reunion. It will be the 165th anniversary of the organization of the Lutheran church in Andover and the 155th anniversary of the Augustana Synod.

More Fun on 81 Festival
Saturday, June 7
Events include the sixth annual antique lawn & farm tractor show, food, fishing derby for kids, treasure hunt, chalk drawings contest, surprise games at the lake, pickle ball, talent show, pork chop supper, and concert by the Orion Community Band.  These will be at Andover Lake Park and nearby sites.

Sunday, June 8
Events include antique lawn and farm tractor show, breakfast in the park, outdoor community worship service at 9 am, and Salute to Veterans at 10:30 am.  These will be at Andover Lake Park and nearby sites.

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

Swedish Högmässa Service
Sunday, September 28, 4:00 pm
At this service the sermon is in English and the liturgy is in Swedish.

Andover Christmas Walk
Saturday, December 6, 4:30-8:00 pm
The walk is at several locations including the Jenny Lind Chapel.

Joy of Christmas with Augustana College
Wednesday, December 10, 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
Wednesday, December 24, 11:00 pm

164th Annual Julotta - early Christmas morning service at Augustana Church
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!

These Web pages are available as PDF files that exclude the menu:

 Welcome    History    Brochure    Videos    Weddings    Museum    Map

Photos courtesy of Austin Oaks Portrait Studio in Andover.  Click on them to view a larger image.

Webmaster:  David Renneke

Last update:  March 14,  2014