Welcome! Välkommen!

The Swedish American Heritage Society of West Michigan 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!

Make a donation to SAHS!
Note: PayPal accepts all major credit cards, debit cards, money from a PayPal balance, and PayPal Credit. You can also send a check to us at 29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 127, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. SAHS is a 501(c)3 organization, so your donations are tax deductible.


Midsummer Celebration
Saturday, June 22, 2024
Caledonia Lakeside Park, Caledonia, MI
11 AM-4 PM

MidsommarPlease come and enjoy the festivities at the beautiful Caledonia Lakeside Park. We will gather to decorate the maypole and make flower head wreaths. There will be activities for young and old—ring dances, Kubb, wonderful music, fellowship, as well as delicious dessert and a raffle. We will be providing beverages donated by Coca-Cola and dessert of cake with strawberries and whipped cream, served with coffee, of course.

Visit the Upcoming Events page for more information.

Swedish Reading Club (Zoom)
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The End of Drum-Time

An epic love story in the vein of Cold Mountain and The Great Circle, about a young reindeer herder and a minister’s daughter in the nineteenth century Arctic Circle.

In 1851, at a remote village in the Scandinavian tundra, a Lutheran minister known as Mad Lasse tries in vain to convert the native Sámi reindeer herders to his faith. But when one of the most respected herders has a dramatic awakening and dedicates his life to the church, his impetuous son, Ivvár, is left to guard their diminishing herd alone. By chance, he meets Mad Lasse’s daughter Willa, and their blossoming infatuation grows into something that ultimately crosses borders—of cultures, of beliefs, and of political divides—as Willa follows the herders on their arduous annual migration north to the sea.

Gorgeously written and sweeping in scope, Hanna Pylväinen’s The End of Drum-Time immerses readers in a world lit by the northern lights, steeped in age-old rituals, and guided by passions that transcend place and time.

Visit the Upcoming Events page to find out how to attend.