The American Daughters of Sweden was founded in 1926 in Chicago by a group of Swedish-American women who wanted to foster and encourage an interest in the culture of the land from which they emanated and unite Swedish women in America and Sweden in closer bonds of fellowship.

In 1931 they endowed the first of three scholarship programs for women to study Swedish language and literature at the University of Chicago, and later at North Park University and Augustana College. More than 350 scholarships have been awarded to college students. Since 1979 they have given nearly 100 girls ages 12 to 18 the opportunity to attend Sjölunden, the Swedish Language Camp operated by Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Through the years, many successful projects have raised funds for these scholarships and other charitable endeavors, but none can match the cookbook project initiated by former president and home economist Nellie Fredeen. In 1949 she organized the collecting and kitchen testing of recipes for genuine Swedish dishes. In 1955 Swedish Recipes – Old and New was first published. After more than 20 printings, the 100,000 th copy was sold in 2000.

The club continues its active involvement in the Swedish community with financial and cooperative support of cultural and social programs throughout the area.

The American Daughters of Sweden meets every month September through June on the second Saturday of the month.



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