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American Scandinavian Association at Augustana, Rock Island, Illinois, USA

The American Scandinavian Association was founded in 1934 by a group of Scandinavians living in the Quad City area. We are an associate chapter of the American Scandinavian Foundation, headquartered in New York. The ASA aims are:

  • to stimulate and promote interest in relations and culture between the U.S. and all five of the Nordic countries
  • to preserve the Nordic heritage in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa
  • to advance Nordic culture in the U.S. and U.S. culture in the Nordic countries

Some local annual celebrations include:

  • Yellow Pea Soup (Ärtsoppa) and Swedish Pancake Supper in January or February
  • Easter Craft Workshop in Spring (alternating with...)
  • Våffeldag celebration in Spring
  • Midsommar Fest in June
  • Kräftskiva (Crayfish Party) in August
  • Lutfisk Dinner in Autumn, usually November (see our listing at Lutfisk Lovers' Lifeline)
  • Luciafest together with Augustana's Department of Scandinavian Studies
  • Occasional bus trips to Chicago's Andersonville and IKEA stores
  • Watch Augustana's Department of Scandinavian Studies for their schedule.

The ASA welcomes new members. Annual membership fees are $10 per individual, $20 per family. Membership privileges include opportunities for participation in ASA activities and informational newsletters.

Email us to request a brochure! Or mail membership payment (checks payable to "ASA") to: ASA Membership, Swenson Center, Augustana College, 639 38th St, Rock Island IL 61201-2296. Click here and ask to join our Facebook page!