SAHSWI update

1 09 2020

From the President of The Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin:

Dear members and followers of the SAHSWI website.

As we continue to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak we have cancelled most of 2020 social events. We hope that you still have been able to enjoy Swedish food based on our agenda from our cancelled March meeting, and maybe even have celebrated Midsommar on your own (see previous posts). We are now evaluating how to conduct our annual meeting, scheduled October 10, 2020. Since large group group gatherings still are not possible we are looking into a virtual meeting option. As plans are finalized we will update you on this.

Our December Lucia tradition, always very well attended, will also not be possible as a gathering. We are looking into also how to share this tradition virtually.

One of our Historical Projects is the Memorial of Gustaf Unonius at Nashotah house. Another memorial for Gustaf Unonius’s and the New Upsala Swedish settlement is located near Pine Lake in Chenequa. Based on the significance Unonius had on the Swedish immigration we are investigating how to get State of Wisconsin to recognize Gustaf Unonius and the New Upsala settlement with an official State of Wisconsin Historical Marker. (Link Gustaf Unonius and New Upsala)

For our members, I also like to inform you that the membership dues payed in 2020 will also be valid for 2021. As always, being a volunteer organization, we would welcome any donation, however not at all expected.


Barbara Froemming,




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