SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO

aka Swedish American Museum   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.SwedishAmericanMuseum.org/

Mission

The Swedish American Museum is committed to preserving Swedish heritage, educating all generations and ethnic groups in Swedish language, culture,and traditions and celebrating Sweden's past, present, and future. Additionally, the Museum serves as a unifying force for all Scandinavian groups in the greater Chicago, Illinois area.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Ms. Karin Moen Abercrombie

Main address

5211 N Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640 USA

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EIN

36-3107115

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Swedish American Museum is working on an expansion and adding additional space to better meet the needs of the members and visitors. We purchased the building north of our current Museum building to facilitate the goal and need to add exhibit space, more space for programs and events, additional retail space and a Swedish Cafe.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dream of America - Swedish Immigration to Chicago

The Swedish American Museum's permanent exhibit, The Dream of America: Swedish Immigration to Chicago, contains art and artifacts from the mass immigration of Swedes to the Chicago area beginning 150 years ago. Here visitors can learn about the struggles of these early immigrants, and see how they forged new lives in our city. This exhibition interests and intrigues visitors of all ages.

Population(s) Served

The Children’s Museum, located on the third floor of the Swedish American Museum, offers children the chance to experience immigration firsthand. They will engage in a myriad of historical tasks in a century–old Swedish farmhouse, or stuga, replicated in authentic detail. Here they can milk a cow, set a table for dinner, and bring in fire wood. A 20-foot immigrant steamship will take them on a journey to America, where they will learn about life in a pioneer log cabin.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Arts Organization of the Year Award 2012

Andersonville Development Corporation

Best of Chicago 2011 - Best Hands-On Exhibit for Kids 2011

Chicago Magazine

Arts Organization of the Year Award 2015

Andersonville Development Corporation

Arts Organization of the Year Award 2016

Andersonville Development Corporation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Field trips for pre-school and elementary school children

Total number of works acquired this year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individual artifacts acquisitioned to the collection

Total number of visitors to Museum

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Visitors to Museum and Children's Museum, including events and classes

Number of Museum memberships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individual, Family, and Senior Memberships including special donor level memberships

Total number of volunteer hours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours contributed by volunteers at admissions desk, in Museum store, in collections, at events, for the Children's Museum, on committees and other opportunities

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Swedish American Museum is dedicated to preserving Swedish heritage and educating all generations and ethnic groups in Swedish language, art, culture and traditions. Through its arts and educational programs and its permanent collection, the Swedish American Museum interprets the immigrant experience for children and adults and promotes an appreciation of contemporary Swedish-American culture.

The Museum carefully manages and preserves its collection to ensure it is relevant to its mission of illustrating the Swedish-American story, and is made accessible to scholars and to the public. The Museum maintains its facility and refreshes its core exhibit and Children's Museum to engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds in the immigration story. The Museum seeks to increase its membership and attract a 25-45 year old demographic through family programming and related outreach to members and visitors. The Museum seeks to expand its community relationships by collaborating with other Scandinavian, ethnic, cultural and community organizations to hold events and exhibits.

Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie oversees six staff members, who manage programs and handle daily operations. The Museum's volunteers contribute more than 8,500 hours of administrative support and professional expertise. A 13-member Board of Directors provides oversight and guidance. Through its network and partnerships with other cultural institutions from around the world, the Museum is able to provide an array of educational programs and installations for the community. The Museum continues to make long-term investments in its building including installation of a new fire suppression system and other facility related upgrades, in order to preserve our institution for generations to come.

Ongoing projects in the collection include implementing archival storage methods and digitizing material for preservation and research. Work started in 2013 and continues. High density shelving was installed in 2016. A tech-equipped mobile exhibit was also added to the permanent installation of “Buzz Aldrin, Space Visionary", in the Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration, enhancing the education experience. The Museum's new website launched in 2016. The Museum has conducted a visitor survey program, one of several steps taken to prepare for a major expansion/upgrade of the Museum's exhibit space, and classrooms anticipated to begin in 2019-2020. A new gallery was created on the second floor, allowing the Museum to double its annual presentations of art exhibits. A new and expanded Genealogy Center opened in April 2017. Both the replacement Water Tower and the commercial grade kitchen are expected to be completed in 2017.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Janet Nelson

Karin Abercrombie

Swedish American Museum

Kathy Voss

Marketing & Customer Service

Janet Nelson

R. Ted Johnson

CPS Principal - Retired

Catherine Holmquist

Annika Jaspers

Editor - Retired

Steve Satek

Business Owner

Vereen Nordstrom

Dan Juran

Business Owner

Julie Benson

Wesley Lindahl

North Park University

Jim Thybony

Thybony Paint and Wallpaper

Kate Sheehy

Else-Britt DeLong

Elizabeth Peterson

Frank Schneider

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/18/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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