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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!

Waffle Day March 25

The American Scandinavian Association will serve a Waffle Day meal of waffles and sausage March 25 in the Gerber Center Gävle Room at Augustana. It is open to the public and reservations are due March 18.

Waffles and sausage will be served from noon- 1 p.m.

The event runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to make an ornament using wheat weaving, make a heart basket, or learn to speak some Swedish words.

Cost is $10. Request reservations by contacting Loryann Eis, 2037 15th St., Moline, Ill.;  309-762-8303. Checks should be payable to ASA.

March 25 is the Feast of Annunciation. In Sweden, the day is called Vårfrudagen or Our Lady’s Day. A mispronunciation of that is våffeldagen or waffle day. Though March 25 is no longer a holiday in Sweden, people continue to eat waffles with strawberry jam and whipped cream as a tradition.

Read more about Waffle Day in Sweden.

Guests may park in the Faculty/Staff spaces in lot J or I (allowed on weekends and after 5 p.m. weekdays).