Origin and Mission

Founding

The idea of establishing the Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin (SAHSWI) was first conceived in the summer of 1974 by Anders Segerdahl, then Honorary Consul of the Royal Consulate of Sweden to promote the observance of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution and the role of Swedish-Americans in the American history. A working committee met for the first time in September 1974, the members were

  • Harry H. Anderson, Milwaukee County Historical Society, Director
  • Bertil Winstrom, Vasa Order of America, former Grand Master
  • Richard Horngren, Vasa Order of America, Linde Lodge, Officer
  • Anders Segerdahl, Royal Swedish Consulate in Milwaukee, Honorary Consul

On May 6, 1975 The Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin Inc. application was submitted for incorporation as a non-profit organization whose purpose was to promote a greater awareness and appreciation of the role of Swedish immigrants in the growth and development of Wisconsin.

Harry Anderson was elected President, Richard Horngren Secretary, and Anders Segerdahl Treasurer. The Incorporation was approved on May 9th by the Secretary of State in Madison.

Read more: Founding and the early years of the Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin, by Harry Anderson

Mission, statement of purpose

Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin is dedicated to promote a greater knowledge and appreciation of the role played by persons of Swedish descent in the growth and development of the State of Wisconsin through the story of immigration, settlement and contributions Swedish Americans have made the American Experience as well as to maintain continuing appreciation of their Swedish traditions and culture.




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