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.

The Chapel cemetery tombstone inscriptions are now digital.

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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 August 12, 2016.

Jenny Lind Chapel and Museum Visitor Survey

Rebecca Knapper, a senior at Augustana College, has designed and begun to administer The Jenny Lind Chapel Preservation Project, which is a project to better preserve and present the documents and artifacts at the Jenny Lind Chapel Museum, while measuring the museum's impact on its visitors.

Please, if you have visited the Jenny Lind Chapel and/or the museum housed on the chapel's lower level, at any time, kindly fill out this 16 question survey that should take approximately 5-10 minutes of your time.  Thank you for your time and input.

This project is conducted in collaboration with Lisa Huntsha, part-time curator of the museum and the Jenny Lind Chapel Operating Board.  This project is funded by a 2015 grant from the Swedish Council of America.

Rebecca Knapper is majoring in English, creative writing, and Scandinavian studies.  She is minoring in music.

Andover's "More Fun on 81" Festival
Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5
Andover Lake Park and nearby sites
Featuring:  8th annual antique lawn and farm tractor show, food, concerts, fishing derby for kids, artists, outdoor community worship service, Salute to Veterans, and open house at the Chapel.  Details at

Every Sunday, June 5-August 28, 7:00 pm
Brief evening worship and a variety of music conducted by area congregations.

   June 5 - Pr. Randy Swanson, Cambridge Lutheran, Cambridge
   June 12 - open
   June 19 - open
   June 26 - open
   July 3 - open
   July 10 - Pr. Michael Lawyer, St. Paul Lutheran, Orion
   July 17 - Pr. Cliff Schmidt, Andover Lutheran, Andover
   July 24 - open
   July 31 - Pr. Karen Ullestad, Zion Lutheran, Davenport
   August 7 - Pr. Kurt Carlsen, Messiah Lutheran, Galesburg
   August 14 - Pr. Don Knowles, Calvary Lutheran, Moline
   August 21 - Pr. Larry Conway, Trinity Lutheran, Moline
   August 28 - Pr. Randy Willers, Salem Lutheran, Moline

Swedish Högmässa Service
Sunday, September 25, 4:00 pm
At this annual service the liturgy and music is in Swedish and the sermon is in English.

Andover Christmas Walk
Saturday, December 3, 4:30-8:00 pm
The walk is at several locations including the candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel where there will be instrumental music.

46th Annual Joy of Christmas with Augustana College
Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 pm
This event starts at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover and ends at the candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel for communion.  Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Saturday, December 24, 11:00 pm

166th Annual Julotta - early Christmas morning service at Augustana Church
Sunday, December 25, 6:30 am

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:  May 23,  2016