Gear up for the holiday season with glögg, candle making, Christmas crafts and more!
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Cirkulär November 2016 - Vol. 8, Issue 11
November is filled with holiday events for all ages. At the beginning of the month we have the Museum’s annual fundraising event, the Ruby Gala, as well as an opportunity to learn about Kalmar Nyckel. We thank all our sponsors and donors for their support. 

The store is already decorated with Tomtar and other wonderful holiday items, so we can all have a little taste of Sweden this season. We are looking forward to sharing our events with many of our members and friends.

Karin Moen Abercrombie
Executive Director

Kalmar Nyckel: Sailing a 17th-Century Swedish Colonial Ship into the
21st Century

Wednesday, Nov. 2
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

In this presentation, Sam Heed, Senior Historian & Director of Education for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation will highlight key educational initiatives that have unlocked the potential of the Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel (Key of Kalmar).

Heed’s recent projects for the Foundation include the production of a feature-length documentary film about the original ship’s first transatlantic crossing that launched the colony of New Sweden in 1638 and the opening of the new Copeland Maritime Center, an 18,000 square foot cutting-edge educational center and ship maintenance facility.

Cost is $10 and proceeds benefit the 
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.

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Ruby Gala

Saturday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.
at the Cathedral Hall of the University Club

Have you reserved your spot at our annual ball?
We hope to see you there!

The silent auction and cocktail service will begin
at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, a live auction and a program celebrating 40 years of the
Swedish American Museum.

Entertainment will be provided by ABBA Salute.

All proceeds benefit the Swedish American Museum. Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors:

Ulla Brunk
Swedish Covenant Hospital
Dan & Yoko Juran/Rings Capital Management LLC
Wayne Nelson
Kenneth R. Norgan
Fields Volvo
Donna & Anders Gustafsson
Larry & Laura Ekstrom
Oberlander Group/Merrill Lynch
   Kerstin & Gunnar Andersson
Dennis and Birgitta Hulth
    Kerstin & Joe Lane
SkyBridge Resource Center
Law Office AE Gustafson
Joan Papadopoulos
Kate M. Sheehy 


Björn Breitholtz
Special Exhibit

Sunday, Nov. 6 - Sunday, Jan. 1

The Museum will host an exhibition of Breitholtz’s photography in our Raoul Wallenberg Room. His black and white stills present a snapshot of life in Gothenburg during a time of transition.

After studying in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Breitholtz opened his own studio and continued to work as a freelance photographer for monthly magazines as well as the Victor Hasselblad company. Throughout his career he has exhibited his work in Lund, Malmö and Gothenburg.

Sponsored by the Swedish Council of America

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Got Glögg?
Tasting and Competition

Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.

Glögg (mulled wine) is a vital part of the Christmas season for Swedes. Join us for this competition to see who really has the best glögg in Chicago! 

Those wanting to compete should visit our website to reserve their space and receive the rules for competing. Tasters and judges can purchase tickets on the Museum’s website. Admission is $20/person and includes sandwiches and samples from all our competing glögg masters.

Contestants must submit applications by Nov. 7!

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Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka and Their New Skates

Saturday, Nov. 26, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 Christmas is coming and Flicka, Ricka and Dicka are so excited! What will be under their tree on Christmas morning? Join us as we read this delightful story by Maj Lindman!

Following the story, we will have a craft project for all ages. Each child will also take home a free Flicka, Ricka and Dicka activity book.

Bring the gift of Children’s Literature home for the holidays! The Kerstin Andersson Museum Store will have a sale on all Children’s Books the week of Nov. 21, including the beloved Flicka, Ricka and Dicka series and Snipp, Snapp and Snurr series.

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Oct. 31 - Dec.23


Sunday – Thursday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday & Saturday:
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Monday – Thursday:
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday - Sunday:
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Museum, Museum Store and Children's Museum will close early at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 in preparation for the Ruby Gala.

We will also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. 
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Nov. 6 and Nov. 20
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Taking place roughly every other Sunday in tandem with Svenska Skolan, Bullerbyn is a time for singing cherished children’s songs, reading fun tales, and having lots of fun in Swedish. Children ages 6 months to 5 years are welcome to attend with a parent. Please note only Swedish is spoken in Bullerbyn. Non-members are asked to make a $5 per child/class donation; payment can be made at the Museum.

Sunday, Nov. 6
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wake up your ears, exercise your fingers and play along with us! Join us for an afternoon of traditional roots music starting with instruction from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The afternoon continues with a brief snack, and the jam session kicks off at 2 p.m.

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Monday, Nov. 7
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Moon Mondays allow guests at the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration to enrich the experience of the Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit.

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Saturday, Nov. 12
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Join us at the second annual Chicago Estonian House Christmas Market located in Riverwoods, IL at 14700 Estonian Lane. We will have traditional Swedish Christmas gifts and decorations available for purchase at our booth!

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Sunday, Nov. 13
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Meet one-on-one with experts for help with genealogy research, translations, and more! In addition to the Museum’s own researchers, two genealogists from Sweden, Elisabeth Thorsell and Ingrid Nilsson and the North American representative of ArkivDigital, Kathy Meade, will be present to answer your questions about Swedish research. Cost is $10 to participate and all participants will be entered in a raffle to win special prizes.
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Friday, Nov. 18
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join us in the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration for a story and craft hour on the third Friday of each month, September through June. All ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver for this free (with admission) program. This month’s topic will be the famous Swedish explorer, Leif Erickson.
Saturday, Nov. 19
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Uncover the stories of real immigrants like Karl Karlsson, who left Sweden with his family in 1893, and discover what life was like in Swedish neighborhoods like Andersonville. Suggested donation for the tour is $4 for adults, and $3 for seniors and students. Members are free.
Sunday, Nov. 20
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Light up the winter by making hand-dipped candles, paper heart baskets and Christmas ornaments. Coffee and sandwiches will be served. Cost is $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members.
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Sunday, Nov. 27, 4 p.m.

Last chance to see our exhibit featuring over 20 works of Stuart Carlson! Several pieces on display are part of our permanent collection, but most are on loan from Carlson’s former art students, so stop by and see them while you can!
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