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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!


Lucia Scholarship

Once again, SAHS is sponsoring our annual scholarship competition. The Doris & Clarence Anderson Memorial Scholarship is in memory of two of our organization’s founding members. Doris and Clarence were involved in almost every activity that our organization undertook. Doris was an especially integral part in our annual Lucia celebration. Among Doris’ many achievements was her selection many years ago as Chicago’s first Lucia.

The Scholarship Committee will award $500 each to a high school senior girl and senior boy who have been participants in our local Lucia pageant. Additionally, each applicant must be either the child or grandchild of a member of SAHS/WM. Applications can be downloaded here (PDF) and are due Nov. 15. We look forward to announcing the winners of this annual competition at our Lucia celebration in December.


LuciaDecember 7, 2019: 23rd Annual Lucia Celebration

We invite you to come and enjoy this lovely Swedish introduction to the Christmas season and listen to the Lucia choir sing in the beautiful setting of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in downtown Grand Rapids. There will be saffron buns, cardamom bread, pepparkakor and coffee served.  Check out our Christmas items for sale!

Register online ahead of time and save! For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page.


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…

For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page.