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, 2018. 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.

Founders Day Service
Sunday, April 26, 4:00 pm
At this special service in the Chapel we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jenny Lind. It also commemorates the founding of Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover in 1850, Augustana College and Theological Seminary in Rock Island and Augustana Lutheran Church in America, both in 1860. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the service.

Dr. Michael Zemek, associate professor of music at Augustana College, will deliver a homily with highlights based on the life of Jenny Lind. Dr. Sangeetha Rayapati, soprano, will be the vocalist. She is professor of music specializing in vocal pedagogy and head of the voice program at Augustana College.

Andover's 185th Anniversary Festival
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7
Andover Lake Park and nearby sites
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Brief Sunday evening 7:00 pm worship and a variety of music conducted by area congregations.

   June 28 - TBA
   July 26 - TBA
   August 30 - TBA

Annual Swedish Högmässa
Sunday, September 27, 4:00 pm
Service with liturgy and music in Swedish and sermon in English.

50th Annual Joy of Christmas with Augustana College
Wednesday, December 2, 7:30 pm
Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music that starts at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover. The Christmas story will be read in several different languages.

The service concludes with a procession to the Jenny Lind Chapel, which is illuminated by 100 candles, and where Holy Communion will be celebrated to the strains of familiar Christmas carols. Refreshments will be served in Luther Hall immediately after the service.

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

170th Annual Julotta - early Christmas morning service at Augustana Church
Friday, December 25, 7:00 am

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 the summer, the Swedish Högmässa service in September, and the "Joy of Christmas" service. Call Augustana Lutheran Church at 309-521-8127 for current schedule information.