Top story of the Old Mill with a peaked root and three windows. Written on the building: "1898 Smoky Valley Roller Mills" Beside the abstract building is written: "Celebrating 125 years. 1898-2023"

Celebrating the Heritage of the Smoky Valley

Lindsborg Old Mill & swedish heritage Museum

Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum Celebrate the Mill's 125th Year $50,000 Match Challenge!

The Match Challenge surpassed everyone’s hopes and expectations with total giving of


Thank you so everyone who helped this campaign such a success!

Read the full story; as well as “what’s next” HERE!

Old Mill Museum

The Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum celebrates and preserves the pioneering spirit of the Smoky Valley by educating, entertaining, and building community across generations so that history comes to life. With special emphasis on the period from 1870 to 1910, the museum includes two buildings on the National Registry of Historical Places and extensive archives and artifact collections.

The museum archives can help find your family roots. If you have ancestors who lived in McPherson County, it’s likely some record of their lives can be found in the historical documents. Have Swedish ancestors? Ask about resources for Swedish research!

1898 Historic Flour Mill

1904 World's Fair Swedish Pavilion

1870 Homestead Cabin

Watch Mill of Memories, Mill of Dreams below…
An introduction to the Old Mill, its history, and its workings.

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UpComing Events

Temporary Exhibition
"Theodore: Roosevelt's Life Story in His Written Words
January 9 - March 30
Swedish Pavilion

This special temporary exhibit – in 22 panels – tells the story of the youngest person to ever assume the U.S. Presidency, using pictures and Theodore Roosevelt’s own writings.

March 25

This annual Lindsborg tradition celebrates everything waffles!

The museum participates by offering a discount on our flours and mixes, plus free sample Swedish candy for our in-person visitors – while it lasts!

Guest Speaker
"World's Fair Remnants in Kansas"
Thomas Prasch
6 p.m., Thursday, March 30
Swedish Pavilion

This talk will share the history and significance of international exhibitions worldwide and focus on the wonders held today in the towns of Lawrence, Lindsborg, and Wamego.

Saturday, May 6

Each spring, the museum hosts Millfest – a family event celebrating the history of the mill and the pioneer heritage of the region. Millfest is held the first weekend in May and features guided tours of the mill in operation. 

In 2023, Millfest will celebrate 125 years since Smoky Valley Roller Mills was built!

Group & SChool TOurs

At Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum, the staff and volunteers strive to provide educational opportunities to children. The museum offers a wide range of activities for group and school tours. We have designed our programs to help teachers meet curriculum standards. For most programs and tours there is a minimal fee involved.


The Old Mill Campground is a small park area, with mature trees and a gravel road looping through, along the Smoky Hill River. It has 24 thirty amp electrical hook-ups and a large area suitable for tent camping.