The Chapel and museum are normally open every day, 9 am to 5 pm, April through October. However, during the current situation in Illinois, they are closed to worshipers and visitors.

(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

As the current pandemic continues, we remember the cholera epidemic raging in the 1850's, when the Swedish immigrants were trying to build a place of worship in Andover. For over three years, several hundred people died and are buried in three blocks on the west end of Andover.  

During the current situation in Illinois, the Jenny Lind Chapel is closed to worshipers and visitors. However, the Chapel is able to help assist people who need vital supplies and groceries. It is serving as a central repository for these items, with several volunteers purchasing, donating and placing them in an all-weather storage container on the front steps of the Chapel.

People who need these items may take what they need during the duration of the pandemic, without having to go to stores. Other volunteers are happy to deliver to shut-ins and people afraid to go to stores, and will even do additional shopping for them.

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.

Birdies for Charity

The Jenny Lind Chapel is participating in the John Deere Classic Golf Tournament Birdies for Charity pledge program. This is a great way to provide funds for the Chapel ministry. Note that this charity program will be held in 2020 even though the actual golf tournament has been canceled.

The easiest way to participate is to do it online using your credit card. Note that "Jenny Lind Chapel" is already filled in.

Or, the official pledge card may be downloaded and printed. In filling out the card, the charity name is "Jenny Lind Chapel" and the Bird Number is 1955. The address for sending in your pledge card is Birdies for Charity, 15623 Coaltown Rd, East Moline, IL 61244. All pledge cards must be received by July 10, 2020. Remember to include your check with the pledge card.

Vespers - Canceled
Brief Sunday evening 7:00 pm worship and a variety of music conducted by area congregations.

   June 28 - Canceled
   July 26 - Canceled
   August 30 - Canceled

Annual Swedish Högmässa - Canceled
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 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.