Welcome! Välkommen!

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!


ValborgMay 4, 2019: Valborgsmässoafton Spring Celebration

Save the date for our annual gathering to greet Spring! Please make plans for your family and friends to join us for this fun-filled event, held at Hager Park in Jenison. Spring is greeted with songs and bonfires at public gatherings all over Sweden. We will be celebrating with food, music, and fun activities for kids and adults. For more information, including how to register, visit the Upcoming Events page.


picnicMay 15, 2019: Scandinavian Cuisine Throughout the Year: Summer

We are happy to announce that SAHS/WM has received a grant from the Swedish Council of America to sponsor a series of three events built around Swedish Cuisine. With midsommar just around the corner in June, the Ginger Chef (Jennifer Zirkle-Grawburg) will give us some ideas for Swedish recipes for picnics, and other outdoor celebrations. The class will be held at Central Reformed Church in downtown Grand Rapids. For more information, including how to register, visit the Upcoming Events page.


The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendJuly 16, 2019: Swedish Reading Club

At its next meeting, the Swedish Reading Club will discuss The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (Läsarna i Broken Wheel rekommenderar) by Katarina Bivald.

Once you let a book into your life the most unexpected things can happen. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a heartwarming reminder of why we are book lovers, and a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us. “Swedish author Bivald’s debut novel is a delight… her characters will win readers over.” (Publishers Weekly)

For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page.


SAHS members featured on WOOD-TV

Grant & Gloria Anderson were interviewed by WOOD-TV for a segment that aired on March 9: “Technology puts WWII vet back in pilot’s seat.” Watch the segment below!