The Chapel and museum are open every day, 9 am to 5 pm, April through October.  Both are air conditioned, for your comfort and to help preserve the artifacts.  A five minute narrated slideshow about the history of the Chapel may be viewed on the iPad located on the desk in the museum.

Here are the Chapel cemetery tombstone inscriptionsView 360 degree images of the Chapel and Museum.

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Joy of Christmas 2018



 Kids' corner in the museum
Jenny Lind Chapel and Museum Visitor Survey

Please, if you have visited the Jenny Lind Chapel and/or the museum housed on the chapel's lower level, at any time, kindly fill out this 16 question survey that should take approximately 5-10 minutes of your time. Thank you for your time and input.

This project is conducted in collaboration with Lisa Huntsha, part-time curator of the museum and the Jenny Lind Chapel Operating Board. This project is funded by a grant from the Swedish Council of America.

Chapel and Curator Receive SCA Awards

The Swedish Council of America (SCA) bestowed awards to both the Jenny Lind Chapel and Lisa Huntsha, the Chapel's part-time curator, at their Autumn Awards Dinner, held at Augustana College October 12. The Chapel received the SCA Proclamation award in honor of its 150th anniversary of the move to the "new" church in Andover in November of 1868. Lisa was presented with the SCA Award of Merit for her many accomplishments in her work at the Jenny Lind Chapel Museum.

Events in 2018
The Chapel hosts special events throughout the year as listed below. Call Augustana Lutheran Church at 
309-521-8127 for current schedule information.

Community Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Monday, December 24, 11:00 pm.

168th Annual Julotta - early Christmas morning service at Augustana Church
Tuesday, December 25, 6:30 am

Sons & Daughters of Thunder

The Andover showing of the documentary, Sons & Daughters of Thunder, has been set by Kelly & Tammy Rundle, the director and producer from Fourth Wall Films. The documentary, which was partially filmed at the Jenny Lind Chapel, will be shown on Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:30 pm, at Augustana Church in Andover. This will be a benefit, with donations going to the Jenny Lind Chapel. The premier of this film will be held at the Putnam National Geographic Theater in Davenport on Saturday, March 9, 6:30 pm. It will also run on PBS stations.

Based on a play, Sons & Daughters of Thunder  tells the unforgettable true story of the beginning of the end of slavery in America. In 1834, eighteen days of student-sponsored debates were held at Lane Seminary in Cincinnati, OH, (this is the segment filmed at the Jenny Lind Chapel). This shocking oratory sparked intense controversy and awakened a young Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin") to the realities of slavery. Fourth Walls Films is an award-winning and Regional Emmy® nominated independent film and video production company, formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in the Quad Cities.

The Jenny Lind Chapel is a memorial to Swedish settlers who came to America in 1849 to found a branch of the Swedish Lutheran Church under the leadership of Pastor Lars Paul Esbjörn. He later became the first president of Augustana College.

It was a struggle for these pioneers to fund and build this chapel. The congregation grew and in 1870 they built a new church in Andover. The chapel was given its name in 1948 as it was presented to the Augustana Synod.

The Jenny Lind Chapel became the mother church for hundreds of other churches of the Augustana Lutheran Church in America. This church body merged into the Lutheran Church in America in 1962 and is now a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The Chapel is owned by the Northern Illinois Synod (ELCA).

The Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places. It houses a museum that offers exhibits of the early immigrant experience as well as audio and video presentations. The cemetery adjacent to the Chapel is the resting place of the faithful including Jonas Swensson, the second president of the Augustana Synod. During the year the Chapel is visited not only by Swedes but also by people of many other nationalities interested in the immigration experience.

The Chapel hosts special events throughout the year including the annual Founders Day service in April, Sunday evening vespers at 7:00 pm during June, July and August, the Swedish Högmässa service in September, and the "Joy of Christmas" service. Call Augustana Lutheran Church at 309-521-8127 for current schedule information.