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.


LuciaThank you to all the attendees of our annual Lucia celebration!

Our annual Lucia celebration at Mayflower Congregational Church was a success! Over 250 attendees enjoyed this beautiful program, featuring Lucia Sydney Timmer, along with numerous attendants, starboys and tomtenissar.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and we’ll see you in 2024!

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

The Bones of Birka

When archaeologist Dr. Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson discovers that the bones contained in the most significant Viking warrior grave ever opened are, in fact, female, she and her team upend centuries of historically accepted conclusions and ignite a furious debate around the reality of female Viking warriors and the role of gender in both ancient and modern times.

The Bones of Birka is a stunning book! It explores what happens when the ancient bones of a Viking warrior are analyzed using the latest technology and turn out to be female. You’ll question everything you thought you knew about Vikings, archaeology, gender roles, and gender fluidity.”
—Elizabeth Partridge, author of Seen and Unseen

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