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A group of Swedish men and women, Greeley County, Kansas

A group of Swedish men and women, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: 1900
An unidentified group of thirteen Swedish men and women seated in front of a chalkboard, Greeley County, Kansas. The chalkboard reads, "We are the people!?-: Us and Co.," between two illustrations of round faces. An inscription on the photograph reads, "!Dontcher know?"


Carl A. Swensson

Carl A. Swensson
Date: Between 1889 and 1890
This black and white photograph shows Reverend Dr. Carl A. Swensson. He was the leader of the Swedish Lutheran Church and founder of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. The photograph was taken by Bror Gustaf Grondal in Lindsborg, Kansas.


Float

Float
Date: between 1879 and 1882
Nels Ferguson, a Swedish immigrant, used this float in his work as a stonemason. He was involved in the construction of the Kansas Statehouse and the Topeka State Hospital. Ferguson later settled with his family in Richland Township in Jewell County, Kansas. He used his stonemason tools in the construction of his stone farmstead, Rock Hill Farm.


Governor Thomas Osborn immigration received correspondence

Governor Thomas Osborn immigration received correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873-1876
Governor Thomas Osborn compiled this series of correspondence on immigration issues from letters received while in office from 1873-1877. The letters address many aspects of immigration including the appointment of commissioners; immigration promotion; foreign immigration from Scotland, France, Wales, Europe in general, the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark), and Germany. Domestic immigration is also addressed concerning immigrants from New England, Louisiana, and Tennessee (early Exodusters); and Indian lands.


Group in front of First Swedish Baptist Church, unknown location

Group in front of First Swedish Baptist Church, unknown location
Creator: Wolcott
Date: May 11, 1919
This panoramic photograph shows a group of men, women, and children in front of a brick structure. The information on the back of the photograph says it is a Swedish Baptist Church but the location is not given. There is an additional note that indicates the photo was not from Franklin County.


Johnson family at Svensk Hyllingsfest, Lindsborg, Kansas

Johnson family at Svensk Hyllingsfest, Lindsborg, Kansas
Date: 1941
This set of photographs represent the Johnson family dressed in traditional Swedish attire for the Svensk Hyllingsfest in Lindsborg, Kansas. Members of the family portrayed in the pictures is Larry, Lonnie and Frances. The Svensk Hyllningsfest is a biennial celebration honoring the Swedish heritage and culture of the community. Events included at the festival is dancing, cooking demonstrations, arts, crafts, and entertainment by town residents. Traditional fare served at the fesitval includes lutfisk and the popular Swedish Smörgåsbord.


Lars Ellertson's residence in Logan County, Kansas

Lars Ellertson's residence in Logan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1902 and 1904
This photograph shows a group of people gathered for a Christmas celebration at Lars Ellertson's residence located south of Oakley, Kansas. A Swedish Santa Claus appears in the photograph.


Map of foreign settlements in Kansas

Map of foreign settlements in Kansas
Creator: Carruth, William Herbert, 1859-1924
Date: 1894
W. H. Carruth compiled this map of foreign settlements in Kansas. The map is included in the Ninth Biennial Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, Vol. XIV. It shows the locations of foreign settlements of Germans (including Russian Mennonites); Scandinavians; French and Italians; Irish, Welsh and Scotch; and Bohemians and Hungarians.


Marlysue Esping-Holmquist oral history

Marlysue Esping-Holmquist oral history
Creator: Esping-Holmquist, Marlysue
Date: June 6, 2008
Marlysue Esping-Holmquist, wife of Thomas Holmquist, farms in Saline County, Kansas, near Smolan. She describes the history of their farm and the chance involved in its allotment in a flood plain near Dry Creek in 1868.


Mason's level

Mason's level
Creator: Stanley Rule & Level Company
Date: between 1879 and 1882
Nels Ferguson, a Swedish immigrant, used this level in his work as a stonemason. He was involved in the construction of the Kansas Statehouse and the Topeka State Hospital. Ferguson later settled with his family in Richland Township in Jewell County, Kansas. He used his stonemason tools in the construction of his stone farmstead, Rock Hill Farm.


New Scandinavia settlers to Governor Nehemiah Green

New Scandinavia settlers to Governor Nehemiah Green
Creator: New Scandinavia (Republic County) Settlers
Date: December 4, 1868
Settlers of the New Scandinavia settlement, Kansas, petition Governor Nehemiah Green of Topeka for protection from possible Indian depredations. The petitioners request a company of fifty soldiers to protect the settlement. Several hundred additional settlers were expected the following Spring. The petitioners are concerned that reports of Indian depredations may keep additional settlers away. John Breaton served as immigration agent for the colony. The Scandinavian Agricultural Society founded New Scandinavia in 1867 and the town reincorporated as Scandia in 1879. The advancing line of white settlement continued to aggravate relations with Indians of the region. Peace treaties, like the meeting at present Medicine Lodge (Barber County) in October of 1867, demonstrated that polite negotiations were possible but failed to resolve the conflicts.


North Star Drug Store, Salina, Kansas

North Star Drug Store, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
These photographs show exterior and interior views of the North Star Drug Store in Salina, Kansas. The first photograph shows an exterior view of the store with four men standing in front of the doorway. They are identified as Emil Lagbach, Bill Cacher (son of Dr. Cacher), A. Lagbach (assistant), and Mister Nelson (druggist). The sign above the doorway includes the traditional mortar and pestle pharmacy symbol, and also has the words "Svensk Apotek," identifying the store as a "Swedish pharmacy." Signs in the window advertise "Wa-Hoo Blood and Nerve Tonic." The second photograph shows an interior view of the store with employees and customers visible in the picture. A display case with boxes of cigars is visible on the left. A table with newspapers and magazines on it is visible in the middle, with other tables and chairs behind it. A soda fountain service counter is visible on the right. Signs above the shelves advertise cigars, perfumes, photo supplies, rubber goods, prescriptions, stationery, and candy.


Olaf Olsson

Olaf Olsson
Date: Between 1861 and 1900
This black and white photograph shows Pastor Olaf Olsson, also spelled Olof Olsson. Olsson settled in Lindsborg, Kansas and was the religious leader of the Swedish Lutheran congregation.


Plumb bob

Plumb bob
Date: between 1879 and 1882
Nels Ferguson, a Swedish immigrant, used this plumb bob in his work as a stonemason. He was involved in the construction of the Kansas Statehouse and the Topeka State Hospital. Ferguson later settled with his family in Richland Township in Jewell County, Kansas. He used his stonemason tools in the construction of his stone farmstead, Rock Hill Farm.


Soderstrom school dancers slide

Soderstrom school dancers slide
Creator: Ruff, Del
Date: Between 1995 and 1999
This slide represents school children from the Soderstrom school in costume and dancing for the Svensk Hyllingsfest in Lindsborg, Kansas.


Sputnik float, Svensk Hyllningsfest, Lindsborg, Kansas

Sputnik float, Svensk Hyllningsfest, Lindsborg, Kansas
Date: October 1957
This set of photographs represent a float for the Svensk Hyllningsfest parade in Lindsborg, Kansas. The design of the float was fashioned after Sputnik, the first artificial Earth satellite launched by the then Soviet Union. The Svensk Hyllningsfest is a biennial celebration honoring the Swedish heritage and culture of the community. Events included at the festival is dancing, cooking demonstrations, arts, crafts, and entertainment by town residents. Traditional fare served at the fesitval includes lutfisk and the popular Swedish Smörgåsbord.


Sven Fred Bjorkgren homestead, Logan County, Kansas

Sven Fred Bjorkgren homestead, Logan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
This photograph shows Mr. and Mrs. Sven Fred Bjorkgren seated on the front steps of their stone home in Logan County, Kansas.


Svensk Hyllnings Fest, Lindsborg, Kansas

Svensk Hyllnings Fest, Lindsborg, Kansas
Date: October 6, 1961
View of costumed children dancing on a street in Lindsborg, Kansas as part of its Svensk Hyllnings Fest activities. The biennial festival honors the Swedish immigrants who came to the Smoky Valley in the late 1860s. Also visible are spectators, some of whom are in costume, automobiles, an American flag and flag banners, utility poles and power lines, and the buildings and businesses along the city street.


Swedish Band, Ruleton, Kansas

Swedish Band, Ruleton, Kansas
This is a photograph of a band whose members are of Swedish ethnicity in the Ruleton area of Sherman county. The instruments are primarily stringed instruments.


Swedish Concert Band, Savonburg, Kansas

Swedish Concert Band, Savonburg, Kansas
Date: 1922
A photograph of the Swedish Concert Band posed in front of the Friends Home Evangelical Lutheran Church, Savonburg, Kansas. Members of the band are: 1. George Ahnlund, 2. Conrad Erickson, 3. Olaf Gerdin, 4. Evan Holmes, 5. Gilbert Holmes, 6. John Holmes, 7. Clarence Johnson, 8. Oliver Johnson, 9. Wilber Johnson, 10. Robert Larson, 11. Harry Lindberg, 12. Julius Lindberg, 13. Verle Nelson, 14. Arthur Nystrom, 15. Martin Oberg, 16. A. E. (Abe) Olson, 17. George Olson, 18. Merrill Olson, 19. Arthur Sellegren, 20. Grover Sellegren, 21. Robert Sellegren, 22. Emery Vance, and Arthur Westerberg (not in photo).


Swedish Concert Band, Savonburg, Kansas

Swedish Concert Band, Savonburg, Kansas
Creator: Bragg, Lester
Date: 1917
A photograph of the Swedish Concert Band, Friends Home Evangelical Lutheran Church, Savonburg, Kansas. Members of the band are: 1. Carroll M. Barsby, 2. Conrad Erickson, 3. Olaf Gerdin, 4. Evan Holmes, 5. Wilber Johnson, 6. Robert Larson, 7. Harry Lindberg, 8. Julius Lindberg, 9. Joel Nelson, 10. Arthur Nystrom, 11. Carl Oberg, 12. Martin Oberg, 13. Joel Rumblad, 14. Arthur Sellegren, 15. Grover Sellegren, 16. Robert Sellegren, and 17. Arthur Westerberg.


Swedish Lutheran Church, Salina, Kansas

Swedish Lutheran Church, Salina, Kansas
Creator: Ekstrand Drug & Book Company
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This colored postcard shows a view of the Swedish Lutheran Church in Salina, Kansas. In the upper right-hand corner an image of Rev. J. E. Floren, the church's pastor since 1887, has been inserted.


Swedish day in Lindsborg, Kansas

Swedish day in Lindsborg, Kansas
Creator: Grondal, B.G.
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
A colored postcard showing Swedish Day activities at the Swedish Pavilion in Lindsborg, Kansas.


Swedish pioneers in Greeley County, Kansas

Swedish pioneers in Greeley County, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
This sepia colored photograph shows a group of Swedish pioneers and a horse drawn wagon in Greeley County, Kansas.


Swedish women peeling fruit, Greeley County, Kansas

Swedish women peeling fruit, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: 1900
In this photograph an unidentified group of Swedish women peel fruit, Greeley County, Kansas.


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