The Chapel and museum are open every day, 9 am to 5 pm, May 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.
of Christmas with Augustana College
Featured performers are the vocal ensemble Kammarkör, the Augustana Horn Ensemble, the Steeple Ringers, and a trombone quartet. There will be readings of the Christmas story in Spanish, Swedish and English, a special homily by Mark Anderson, Associate Dean of students at Augustana, a candlelight walk to the historic Jenny Lind Chapel for Holy Communion and Christmas carols, and homemade Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. All are welcome!
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with
Annual Julotta - early Christmas
morning service at Augustana Church
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.