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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!


September 20, 2019: Annual Meeting & Dinner

Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting & Dinner will be held at Thousand Oaks in Grand Rapids. Willow Hagans, co-author of Zorn in America: A Swedish Impressionist of the Gilded Age, will speak about famous Swedish artist Anders Zorn. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about Anders Zorn from an expert!

For more information, including how to register, visit the Upcoming Events page.


An Elderly Lady is Up To No GoodOctober 15, 2019: Swedish Reading Club

At its next meeting, the Swedish Reading Club will discuss An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good by Helene Tursten.

Maud is an irascible 88-year-old Swedish woman with no family, no friends, and no qualms about a little murder. This funny, irreverent story collection by Helene Tursten, author of the Irene Huss investigations, features two-never-before translated stories that will keep you laughing all the way to the retirement home.

For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page.


Richard TellströmNovember 9, 2019: Richard Tellström Lectures

Save the date! SAHS and the Swedish Council of America are sponsoring two lectures by Richard Tellström: “The Swedish Christmas Table – Roots, traditions and new ideals” and “Swedish food culture during the last 1000 years and the Swedish-American Food Heritage.” Tellström is an associate professor in food and meal science and an ethnologist at Stockholm University. He will have spent the first week in November lecturing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before he comes to Grand Rapids. Time and location TBA.


SAHS members featured on WOOD-TV

Grant & Gloria Anderson were interviewed by WOOD-TV for a segment that aired on March 9: “Technology puts WWII vet back in pilot’s seat.” Watch the segment below!