From the age of the Vikings to the settlers of the New Sweden Colony (1638-1655), to contemporary issues in Scandinavian society, the American Swedish Historical Museum will take you back in time and across the sea to learn the stories of Swedes in America.

Workers of the World, Awaken! The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill

Celebrate the spirit of Labor Day by learning more about Joe Hill (born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund), the Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, cartoonist, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. Executed in 1915 by the State of Utah for a double murder in Salt Lake City, Hill quickly became a martyr for the organized labor movements. His songs and letters, as well as tributes to him, galvanized striking workers throughout the 20th Century. Even 100 years after his death, Hill’s life and work continue to inspire.

This exhibition is available as a traveling show. Please contact the curator if interested in hosting “Workers of the World, Awaken!”

Exhibition no longer on display.

American Swedish Historical Museum - Joe Hill Exhibition
ASHM- Joe Hill exhibition panels