Jenny Lind Chapel
 
Andover, Illinois

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There is a museum in the basement of the Chapel that offers exhibits of the early immigrant experience as well as audio and video presentations.

Mission Statement

The museum collects, exhibits and preserves the three interrelated histories of Swedish immigration, the Jenny Lind Chapel, and Swedish singer Jenny Lind.

The desk shown above features an iPad on which you may view a 5-minute narrated slideshow about the history and contents of the Chapel and museum. The English version is narrated by Kai Swanson, Executive Assistant to the President at Augustana College, Rock Island. The Swedish version is narrated by Angelica Lindqvist, a native of Sweden who is a 2013 graduate of Augustana College, Rock Island.

A cemetery is located near the Chapel and the tombstones bear these inscriptions.

Lisa Huntsha, part-time curator of the museum, works to preserve and display the collections, develop plans for the museum, and interpret the stories told by the museum. She may be contacted at lisahuntsha@augustana.edu.

The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from April through October and otherwise by special request.

Confirmation classes and other church groups are welcome to visit the chapel and museum, by appointment.

For further information contact:

  Augustana Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 157
Andover, IL  61233
309-521-8127
email@augustana-lutheran.org

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, located at Augustana College, is a national archives and research institute providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America, the communities the immigrants established, and the role the immigrants and their descendants have played in American life. Here is a tabulation of the records they have archived for the Jenny Lind Chapel.