Upcoming Events

March 5, 2019
Semmelfest & Ancestors!
Join us for a fun evening on fettisdagen or Fat Tuesday enjoying fika with semlor, the Swedish Lenten buns filled with almond paste and whipped cream.  While you enjoy your semlor, you will learn a little about your ancestors’ lives in Sweden. Afterward, stay to find them in Sweden!
Reservations are necessary and can be made online here; by mailing your registration with a check to 29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 127, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; by calling the SAHS office (616-458-0420); or by emailing info@sahswm.org by March 1.  The price is $5 per person, payable online, by mail, or at the event.
If you want to find an ancestor, tell us when you register—it is first come, first served, and we will get to as many as the time allows. Please bring with you any dates, places, names, or relationships you know of for your ancestor.
Come and enjoy semlor, search for your Swedish ancestors, or both! See you on Fettisdagen!
Fellowship Hall, Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW (between Oakleigh and Fairfield).
6-9 PM

FactfulnessApril 16, 2019
Swedish Reading Club: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think (Factfulness: tio knep som hjälper dig förstå världen) by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling & Anna Rosling Rönnlund
When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective—from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).
We will be meeting at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW (between Oakleigh and Fairfield).
7 PM
The book is available at Schuler’s, 2660 28th Street SE.
You can also buy the book online at Schuler’s or another independent bookstore.

May 4, 2019

June 22, 2019
Midsommar Celebration