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Björn Kjellström’s motto, printed onto his business card, was: “Magnetism had shaped my life.” While not the inventor of orienteering itself, Björn was the co-inventor of the modern compass and likely the person most responsible for the sport’s global spread. We might even say that Björn Kjellström has shaped our appreciation for magnetism as much as it shaped him.

2018 has been a year of momentous elections in Sweden and America. As newly-elected representatives decide upon issues of immigration, social policies, and globalism, we reflect upon the histories of progressivism and human rights that have pushed both countries onto the world stage today.                                                   

“It was very rare for Nordic Women to walk the rose-colored path [to greatness] …”

-Dr. Hanna Rydh, Women in the Ancient North, 1926

“The Jenny Lind mania still continues, like a snow ball, which – crescit eundo – grows larger as it rolls.” – “Jenny Lind in the Metropolis,” The New York Herald, September 5, 1850

You can tie nearly everything that the American Swedish Historical Museum does to the word ‘home.’ Our founder sought to celebrate the Swedes who had made America their new home, we preserve and interpret the artifacts used within our ancestors’ homes, and we remind Swedes and Scandinavians that, among friends and family at our cultural celebrations, they should consider the Museum as another home.