Jenny Lind Chapel
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.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with
Annual Julotta - early Christmas
morning service at Augustana Church
Exciting Event Coming in 2015
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.
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.