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!

The Red Address BookJanuary 21, 2020: Swedish Reading Club

At its next meeting, the Swedish Reading Club will discuss The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg.

In this heartwarming debut novel, an international bestseller, 96-year-old Doris writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come…

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Vander MillJanuary 30: Meet and Eat at the Vander Mill

Come to a casual evening get together with other members of SAHS! Vander Mill serves award-winning Hard Cider and Craft Beer.  A room has been reserved for us that overlooks the production facility.

For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page.

JaervMarch 7: Swedish Folk Group Jaerv

The award-winning Swedish quintet, Jaerv (pronounced “Yairv”), is coming to the Recital Hall at Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin University to put on a rollicking, fun and heartfelt folk music concert. “Meet Jaerv! An innovative Swedish folk quintet with jazz and pop leanings who flawlessly blend original songs with stellar takes on captivating Scandinavian folk songs, some dating back 700 years. The combined talent, humor and professionalism these impressive men exude is unparalleled.” (Jeffrey DeHart, Billboard Swedish Correspondent)

For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page.

Allt för SverigeMeet Your Swedish Relatives!

Have you never been to Sweden but know that your ancestors came from there? Would you like to learn all about your ancestors’ lives and meet current cousins? You can apply to be a part of the Emmy-winning Swedish TV sensation, “Allt För Sverige” (English title, “The Great Swedish Adventure”).

A few years ago, a former member of SAHS applied and was on the show, getting all the way to 2nd place, so you could win too! Here is a link to the first episode of the most recent season that just finished airing a few weeks ago. You’ll have to watch all the episodes to see who won the grand prize of meeting all their relatives (we don’t want to spoil it for you!).

The deadline is Jan. 25, and the show will shoot in the summer in Sweden, from some time in May to the end of June 2020. Download a flyer (PDF), and learn more and apply here!