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Clubs & Affiliated Organizations

Nearly thirty organizations and performance groups call the American Swedish Institute home.  Many of these valuable and long-time contributors to the fabric of ASI meet and rehearse regularly on our campus. We are grateful that they often generously share their talents at numerous special events and occasions throughout the year. To learn more about a particular group and find out about joining one of these organizations, please use the contact information provided.

  • The ASI Cloudberries, a women’s choral ensemble, promotes the Swedish Choral Tradition. Members perform and sing in Swedish.

    Gloria Rosen | E: gloria.g.rosen@wellsfargo.com | P: 952-938-9505 | W: http://www.asicloudberries.com
  • Children's fiddling lessons & rehearsals. The students perform at ASI functions and other events.

    Tom Breidall | P: 952-935-4056
  • The ASI Male Chorus promotes the Swedish Choral Tradition. Members give an annual Spring Concert, perform at Svenskarnas Dag and many ASI events, and sing in Swedish for senior living sites and civic events. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

    Richard Grabow | P: 612-788-1060 | W: http://asimalechorus.org/
  • The ASI Male Chorus Auxiliary is a women’s support organization for the ASI Male Chorus that was founded in 1936. The Auxiliary—together with the Chorus—hosts Svensk Frukosts (Swedish Breakfasts) in October and February. The Auxiliary and Chorus lend support to ASI in various ways.

    Muriel Johnson | E: mmauryj@aol.com | P: 952-831-4180
  • The ASI Spelmanslag is an adult fiddlers club that performs at ASI and community events.

    Click here to see The Spelmanslag Story as told by TPT's Minnesota Original. 

    Tom Breidell | P: 952-935-4056 | W: http://asispelmanslag.org/
  • Ron Johnson | P: 605-253-2575
  • Friends Encouraging Scandinavian Traditions (F.E.S.T.!) organizes creative events built primarily upon Swedish traditions where members learn, sing and laugh together, practice “Swenglish” and enjoy culinary delights. Examples of group events include the Crayfish Party (kräftskiva), Valborgsmässoafton (spring is here), Dance Your Buns Off (where we eat traditional “semlor” and dance folk dances), Swedish movie nights, and cross-country ski events.

    E: fest.kompis@gmail.com
  • Joan Johnson | P: 950-787-0186
  • Gustavus II Adolphus Society was founded in 1886 as a benevolent fraternal organization with membership open to men of Swedish decent. Today, the Society and Auxiliary plan various social activities such as potluck suppers, dinners, picnics, and Christmas parties so they can continue their charitable activities. GIIA established the Gustavus II Adolphus Society Scholarship Fund for students at Gustavus Adolphus College and scholarships to other colleges and higher educational schools and universities.

  • Meet at ASI to plan sister city activities, including a 2017 Friendship Committee tour to Sweden.

    Visit Your Sister (City) in Uppsala! April 28-May 8, 2017: 10-day Friendship Tour to Uppsala & Stockholm

    Join the Minneapolis Uppsala Friendship Committee for a 10-day, April 28-May 8, 2017, spring tour of Uppsala, Minneapolis’ sister city, including two days in Stockholm. Organized with help from the Uppsala city staff, highlights include: participation in the famous Valborgsmässoafton celebration by Uppsala University students on Walpurgis Eve, visits to significant sights of Uppsala and the county of Uppland–including Linnaeus’ homes and gardens, Gamla Uppsala, the Viking/early Christian capitol; the Castle and Cathedral.  

    The Uppsala hotel is located on the Fyris River in Uppsala’s old town. The Stockholm hotel is in Gamla Stan. The trip to Stockholm stops in the lovely old town of Sigtuna, and provides guided visits, free time and a farewell dinner cruise in the Stockholm archipelago.

    The basic tour price for ASI Members is $2292 per person. For non-members the price is $2409. The single room supplement is $950. The price does not include air travel which can be arranged through Borton Overseas, the tour arrangements partner, through LInda McCormick, Managing Director, at linda@bortonoverseas.com. A down payment of $750 is due after November 1, with the remainder due on February 28.

    For general questions or the tour itinerary, contact Naomi Crocker at the ASI, naomic@asimn.org.  For information about the Friendship Committee, please contact minneapolis.uppsala@gmail.com or co-chairs Katie Fournier, 612-331-5615 or Miranda Striegel, 612-735-7841 or Facebook.com/Minneapolis.uppsala 

    Miranda Striegel | E: minneapolis.uppsala@gmail.com | P: 612-735-7841 | W: http://Facebook.com/Minneapolis.uppsala
  • Punschklubben is a men’s organization that meets monthly to enjoy the traditional pea soup, pancake, and punsch supper.

    Antonio Spargo | P: 612-367-7002
  • Scandinavian Friends is a women's social group that promotes and encourages the aims and purposes of ASI, helping to keep alive Swedish traditions and develop and perpetuate an appreciation and understanding of Swedish culture and its contributions to global society.

    Elizabeth Anderson | P: 651-455-5152
  • Svea Club is an association of American and Swedish women interested in Swedish heritage and maintaining a better social understanding between Swedish and American families. Svea members meet once a month to celebrate special occasions in traditional Swedish ways. New members welcome!

    Margareta Beyer | P: 651-644-5116
  • Diane Noble | P: 612-825-8808
  • SWEA is a global non-profit organization with approximately 7,500 Swedish speaking women in 75 chapters and 33 countries. SWEA provides a strong personal network as well as valued support to Swedish industry and families abroad. SWEA is the largest organization outside Sweden promoting Swedish language, culture and tradition and also grants approximately $300,000 a year in donations and scholarships to promote Swedish language and culture. All Swedish-speaking women in Minnesota are welcome to join the SWEA MN chapter, there is no requirement to have lived in Sweden or to be a Swedish citizen. Recurring activities in Minnesota are mother/child group, movie nights, book club, craft club, lunch and dinner meetings as well as celebrations of major Swedish holidays.

    Maria Bergman | E: minnesota@swea.org | P: 952-200-9768 | W: http://www.swea.org/default.aspx?mid=3811
  • For more information on Midsommar related activities, please visit the Swedish Cultural Society of Duluth's Facebook page.

    Nancy Lahti | P: 218-727-4416
  • Organized in 1983, the SGSM is a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. The purpose of the society is to assist members and others requesting assistance in their Swedish-American genealogical research, to provide informative talks on Swedish-American topics, to encourage the research and writing of family, emigration/immigration and settlement histories, and pubication of Swedish genealogical material.

    E: sgsm1983@gmail.com | W: http://sgsmn.org
  • Helen Swenson | P: 701-223-6286
  • All persons interested in the province of Dalarna and the culture of Sweden are invited to attend meetings and to become members. Meetings include homemade lunch, singing anthems and other Swedish songs, organizing Scandinavian programs, celebrating Swedish holidays, and volunteering at ASI events.

    Arne Larson | E: arnelarson@aol.com | P: 763-544-7494
  • The Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag is a group of folk musicians, most of whom play nyckelharpa (Swedish key fiddle).

    Cheryl Paschke | E: cheryl@tcnyckelharpalag.org | P: 612-871-6386
  • The Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers is a dance group that meets at ASI on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from September to June. They teach beginning Scandinavian folk dances from 7-8 p.m. and then dance until about 9 p.m. The group is available to dance for most festivals, celebrations and community events throughout the year. A partner is not needed to join the group. Contact tcsfdmn@gmail.com for further information or to schedule an event.

    E: tcsfdmn@gmail.com
  • Värmlandsförbundet is a social club that welcomes all who are of Scandinavian descent and others who would like to attend meetings.

    Chuck Gustafson | E: enflicka@charter.net | P: 952-236-9578
  • Organized in 1927, the primary function of the Vasa Junior Folk Dancers club is promoting Swedish heritage and culture to children, and preserving Swedish traditions and heritage through Swedish folk dancing.

    Janice Lehman | E: info@vasajrdancers.org | P: 612-729-0334 | W: http://www.vasajrdancers.org
  • Sharon Eklund | P: 952-443-2092
  • The Vasa Order of America began more than a century ago as a benefit fraternal society for Swedish immigrants to the United States. Vasa provides members a means to share their rich heritage. Swedish in origin, the Vasa Order welcomes members of Nordic roots—Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, or Icelandic—who would like to rediscover the traditions of their forefathers or share their heritage. Stenbock Lodge was founded in 1908.

  • This social group was formed in 1991, and is primarily for (but not limited to) persons with ancestry in the Västergötland region of Sweden. The group’s mission is to promote the awareness of ancestral roots in Västergötland for its members, to develop a growing appreciation of the heritage and culture found in Sweden (particularly Västergötland), to strengthen ties with Sweden, and to promote fellowship locally with those interested in Scandinavian culture.

    Jeanette & Gordon Anderson | P: 763-788-8532