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The Swedish American Heritage Society of West Michigan, an affiliate of the Swedish Council of America, was founded to preserve, foster and perpetuate traditional customs and culture of our Swedish heritage, as well as that of other Scandinavians.

If you are of Swedish heritage, or the spouse of same… or if you simply have a sincere interest in Swedish or Scandinavian heritage, you are invited to join us!

View photos from the 2018 Lucia Celebration!

FylgiaJanuary 15, 2019: Swedish Reading Club

At its next meeting, the Swedish Reading Club will discuss Fylgia by Birgitta Hjalmarsson.

Hidden in the forest of Sweden, a country church gleams white, as stark and resilient as the Lutheran faith that sustains it. The First World War rages on the continent. Anna, in the front pew, refuses to accept the age-old beliefs the village hands her. Sixty years later, Anna gives refuge to a young niece, whose marriage is falling apart.

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“Joy” at Meijer Gardens

“Joy,” a 15-minute-long short film featuring local traditions, was shown on a loop at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition. There is some lovely footage of our Lucia pageant around the 3-minute mark.