[Jenny Lind Chapel - A Swedish-Lutheran Pioneer Church in Andover, IL

Jenny Lind Chapel Visitor's Guide

Narrated by Kai Swanson

15-minute video

Jenny Lind Chapel, see The Lutheran Journal Vol. 60, No. 3, 1991 and Vol. 61, No. 1, 1992, is a national historic site. Swedish-Lutheran immigrants dedicated their house of worship in Andover in 1848, and established their first congregation in 1850 under the leadership of Lars Paul Esbjorn.

The Jenny Lind Fund Committee, consisting of Hortence Lindorff, Albert Lestor, Art Arnold, and Harry Nelson was established by Conrad Bergendoff in 1973. It was chaired by Albert Lestor, the pastor of the Augustana Lutheran Church at the time. The Committee asked me to prepare a video consisting of a series of slides, complete with professional narration and background music. The result was a series of videos dealing with Jenny Lind Chapel.

This 15-minute Visitor's Guide of the chapel, narrated by Kai Swanson, who was a radio announcer and news director of radio station, WVIK on the campus of Augustana College in Rock Island Illinois, is installed in the basement of Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover, and is available for viewing.

Dr. Tom Robin Harris and Janina Ehrlich, members of the Augustana College music department, and Jeff Cohen, a former concert artist at the college, composed the background music with traditional Swedish hymns played on the organ in Jenny Lind Chapel by Hortence Lindorff. This 15-minute video may be purchased for $10 in the Jenny Lind Chapel Museum located in the basement of Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover, Illinois.

The video tells a moving story of the chapel from its beginning, a century and one half ago, to the present day by means of colored slides, period photographs, paintings and documents, and follows the immigrants on their 68-day journey from their homeland in northern Sweden to the rugged frontier plains in northwestern Illinois.

Erwin Weber

May, 1997