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.

The Chapel cemetery tombstone inscriptions are now digital. View 360 degree images of the Chapel and Museum.

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Joy of Christmas 2016



Kids' corner in the museum


Every Sunday, June 4-August 27, 7:00 pm
Brief evening worship and a variety of music conducted by area congregations.

   August 27 - Pr. Randy Willers, Salem Lutheran, Moline

Reformation Anniversary Service
Sunday, September 24, 4:00 pm
An ecumenical service will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will include portions of the Common Prayer Service compiled by the Liturgical Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. The ecumenical commemoration of the 500 years of Reformation reflects in its basic liturgical structure this theme of thanksgiving, repentance and common witness and communion.

The message will be given by Sister Sandra Brunenn OSB, who is the Prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict in Rock Island. The presiders will be Pastor Michel Clark from Knoxville, Assistant to the Bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Father James P. DeBisschop who serves St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Coal Valley and Mary, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Orion. The offering will go to Hurricane Harvey Relief.

An ecumenical choir will be led by Ben Holmes who is the director of choirs at Moline's Wilson Middle School, director of the Ascension Ringers bell choir at Augustana College, and Ascension Chapel accompanist at Augustana College. Persons from all denominations interested in joining the choir are encouraged to contact Carol Brockhouse at 563-332-5520 or, with the following information: name, phone, email and part they sing by August 1. The mass choir rehearsal will be held prior to the service at 2:00 pm.

The organist will be Chris Nelson, organist and director of music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport. Light refreshments will be served following the service.

28th Annual Andover Christmas Walk
Saturday, December 2, 4:45-8:00 pm
Andover Lake Park, Legion Building, and Jenny Lind Chapel

47th Annual Joy of Christmas with Augustana College
Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 pm
This event starts at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover and ends at the candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel for communion. Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music.

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

167th Annual Julotta - early Christmas morning service at Augustana Church
Monday, December 25, 6:30 am

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.

New Tree Planted

The family of Pastor Albert David Lestor planted a purple prince crabapple tree in his memory in the front lawn of the Chapel on May 31, 2016. Here are photos from the event.

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.                                 Last update:  August 22, 2017