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!