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

Jenny Lind Chapel

A Swedish-Lutheran Pioneer Church in Andover, Illinois
Narrated by Conrad Bergendoff

50-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, established by Conrad Bergendoff in 1973 and chaired by Albert Lestor, the pastor of the Augustana Lutheran Church at the time, asked me to prepare a video consisting of a series of slides, complete with professional narration and background music. The result were a series of videos dealing with Jenny Lind Chapel.

This 50-minute is narrated by its host Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, President emeritus of Augustana College and Theological Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois. Additional narrators are Albert Lestor, Hortence Lindorff, Dr. Harry Nelson, and Kai Swanson.

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 memorable 50-minute video may be purchased for $20 in the Jenny Lind Chapel Museum located in the basement of the 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 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