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!


December 1: Lucia

Once again we invite you to come and enjoy this lovely Swedish introduction to the Christmas season with music and candlelight in a beautiful setting.
There will be saffron buns, cardamom bread, pepparkakor and coffee served. Check out our Christmas items for sale!

Visit the Upcoming Events page for more information, including how to register.

Below: Watch “Joy,” a short film featuring local traditions which will be shown during Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition. There is some lovely footage of our Lucia pageant around the 3-minute mark.

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.

For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page.

Other News:

Clarence & Doris Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Once again, SAHS is sponsoring our annual scholarship competition. The Clarence & Doris Anderson Memorial Scholarship is in memory of two of our organization’s founding members. Doris and Clarence were involved in almost every activity that our organization undertook. Doris was an especially integral part in our annual Lucia celebration. Among Doris’ many achievements was her selection many years ago as Chicago’s first Lucia.

The Scholarship Committee will award $500 each to a high school senior girl and senior boy who have been participants in our local Lucia pageant. Additionally, each applicant must be either the child or grandchild of a member of SAHS/WM. Applications can be downloaded here (PDF) and are due Nov. 15. We look forward to announcing the winners of this annual competition at our Lucia celebration on Dec. 1, 2018.