Essay on Swedish American Contributions to Chicago

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This essay is based on my recent visit to The Swedish American Museum located in the Andersonville community at 5211 S. Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois. In the 1850s the area was considered to be north of Foster and east of Clark was a large cherry orchard, and families had only begun to move into the fringes of what is now Andersonville. Swedish immigrants continued to arrive in Andersonville throughout the beginning of the 20th century. The Swedish American Museum was founded in 1976, by Kurt Mathiasson, as a grassroots effort to preserve and disseminate the history of the great contributions of early Swedish immigrants to Chicago.

First of all, I observed a rich cultural museum that has gained national acclaim as a model urban
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Some of the trunks have the name of the owner and year of travel carved on the front. I saw a replica of a Swedish ticket agent and his role was to sell tickets for the railroad and ships and answer questions for the Swedes who were leaving their homeland.
Other examples of Swedish culture that I saw like replica Carpenter shop one of the first recliners was made at the Pullman Factory south of Chicago, Legend says that it was originally made for Abraham Lincoln to put in his first car on the train. The carpenter shop has a variety of woodworking tools like those used to create the furniture nearby. The wooden chair hanging from the wall can be folded out and turned into a bench. The chair on the floor was a “gesallprov” (apprentice test,), which a carpenter’s apprentice created to prove he was ready to become a master carpenter.
I saw many other items related to Sweden Traditions like Swedish Folk Costumes – Swedes wear these costumes on special occasions, during Midsummer, and at Christmas celebrations. The costumes can also be worn as a wedding gown.
The cake to the left of the folk costumes is called “spettekaka.” It is a local dessert consists of eggs, potato flour, and sugar. The batter is poured on a wooden spit, like the one next to the cake indicate that it was prepared for a wedding.
Trakor (wooden shoes)- Traskor are
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