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!

Annual Meeting: Canceled

Michigan’s current executive order prohibits any indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people statewide, so SAHS’s Annual Meeting will not take place this year.

Swede HollowOctober 20: Swedish Reading Club

VIRTUAL EVENT! The Swedish Reading Club will discuss Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo using the videoconferencing app Zoom.

A riveting family saga immersed in the gritty, dark side of Swedish immigrant life in America in the early twentieth century.

Gustaf and Anna Klar and their three children dream of starting over when they leave Sweden for New York, finally settling in a cluster of rough-hewn shacks in a deep, wooded ravine on the edge of St. Paul, Minnesota. This haunting story of a real place echoes the larger challenges of immigration in the twentieth century and today.

“Larsmo’s well-researched, dynamic story illuminates the Swedish immigrant experience and will transport readers into a little-known historical community.” (Publishers Weekly)

For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page.