Two programs exploring Swedish heritage are scheduled this week in the Lindsborg area as part of the Smithsonian ‘Journey Stories’ exhibition.   Kathy Meade, of Genline North America, will lead two very different programs on Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd.

 A  ‘Hands On Swedish Genealogy Workshop’, Saturday August 1st at the Salina Public Library computer lab, teaches participants how to search through Swedish records online to find information on their families.   Participants may sign up for a 9 am – 12 noon, or a 1:30-4:30 pm session.   The workshop is free, but participants need to pre-register by calling 785-227-3595, as computer seating is limited.

On Sunday, August 2nd, join Ms. Meade for a general presentation ‘ Swedish Immigration to America and Resources for Exploring Swedish Heritage’.  This program includes an interesting look at some of Sweden’s history as well as a review of Swedish immigration to America.  It will be held at 2 pm, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 224 S. Main Street in Lindsborg.  It is free and open to the public. 

Based in Chicago Illinois, Kathy Meade brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the subject of Swedish immigration and tracing Swedish ancestry.   Her hands-on workshop is designed to help those ready to tackle their family’s history in the Swedish records.  Her general session should appeal to anyone with an interest in Sweden.     

These two special events are sponsored by the McPherson County Old Mill Museum and the Genline Company, in conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibition ‘Journey Stories.’    Visitors may enjoy the ‘Journey Stories’ exhibit, exploring the movement of people throughout American history, now through August 9 at the museum, located at 120 Mill Street in Lindsborg.  Museum hours are Monday –Saturday 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm.   

For more information about the August 1st and 2nd Swedish heritage programs or the ‘Journey Stories’ exhibit, call  785-227-3595 or email oldmillmuseum@hotmail.com .