Arts, Culture, and Humanities

SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO

aka Swedish American Museum

Chicago, IL

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

1981

Executive Director

Ms. Karin Moen Abercrombie

Main Address

5211 N Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640 USA

Keywords

Sweden, Swedish, immigration, museum, heritage, geneology, arts, history, children's museum, children's

EIN

36-3107115

 Number

7117279402

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Our programs

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Dream of America - Swedish Immigration to Chicago

Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration

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Our Results

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Total number of fields trips

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Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration

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Field trips for pre-school and elementary school children

Total number of works acquired this year

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Individual artifacts acquisitioned to the collection

Total number of visitors to Museum

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

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

Total number of volunteer hours

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

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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 7,000 hours of administrative support and professional expertise. A 15-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.

The Museum's collection holds more than 16,000 objects including 120 new donations in 2016. The Museum welcomed nearly 45,000 visitors in 2016. Among the approximately 16,000 school age visitors were 100 school groups coming to the Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration. The Museum has more than 1,800 individual and family members. The Museum raised another $30,000 in 2016, bringing the total funds dedicated to the Water Tower to $150,000. 100% of the Board of Directors pledged support for the 40th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign. Total donations and/or pledges to the Campaign were $747,000 by year end 2016.

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 2017-2018. 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.

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Financials

SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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