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New Website We have a new website! As of February 2018, these pages will no longer be updated. For current information, please visit

Virtual Exhibit: 1893 World's Fair The exhibit in the Swenson Center's reading room is "All the World’s A Fair: Swedes at the World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893" in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Fair. On display through March 15. Can't visit? Click to check out the virtual exhibit!

50 States of Preservation The NEH has written an article on the Swenson Center’s Preservation Assistance Grant and the impact it has had on our preservation practices. These grants fund projects that help safeguard photographs, letters, documents, artifacts, and more, making them available for future generations.

Watch 2017 Ander Lecture

Now you can watch the 2017 Ander Lecture "American Rune Stone— Monument, Memorial and Myth," presented by Dr. David Krueger, author of "Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America."

Swedish American Immigration History A brief history of the Swedish mass migration to North America written by Swenson Center Director Dr. Dag Blanck.

People celebrating midsommar

Support The Swenson Center is a nonprofit organization that depends entirely on donations from generous people like you. Consider becoming a member today!


Location The Swenson Center is located in Denkmann Memorial Hall on Augustana College's campus in Rock Island, IL.


Hours Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:30pm. **Please make an appointment.** During the summer, the Center closes at 12:00pm on Fridays.