[Jenny Lind Kapellet - En svensk-lutersk pionjär kyrka I Andover, IL

Jenny Lind Kapellet

En svensk-lutersk pionjär kyrka i Andover, IL
Narrated by Ulf E. J. Olson

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 current pastor of the Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, Illinois, 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 video was narrated and translated into Swedish by Ulf E.J. Olsson, Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Delsbo, Sweden. The text is based on the 45-minute video hosted and narrated by Dr. Conrad Bergendoff. I presented this video to the Lutheran congregations in Deslbo and Hille Sweden. Background music is provided by the congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran church in Delsbo Sweden, singing the hymn, "Amazing Grace" in Swedish.

This 50-minute Swedish 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 day 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