Celebrating the Heritage of the Smoky Valley

Lindsborg Old Mill & swedish heritage Museum

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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 If you have ancestors who lived in McPherson County, it’s likely some record of their lives can be found in the historical documents.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

"Skeleton-Of-Dog": Mini-Exhibition
Open April 2024

A temporary exhibition highlighting the best geological artifacts, fossil specimens, and natural history taxidermy from the old Bethany College Museum collection archives.

Midsummer's Festival
June 15

Midsummer’s Festival is an annual Swedish tradition celebrated every June in Lindsborg, and the museum campus hosts many of the event’s celebrations! This year at the museum events include a bake sale, Kubb Tournament, Viking reenactor encampment, Midsummer Pole raising and dancing, and demonstrations and mini-workshops.

"Searching for Your Family's History? Try FamilySearch!" 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., July 13

There are many great resources out there to help you find out about your family’s history. One FREE resource is FamilySearch. We’re going to explore the power of this tool for your personal family research. From family trees to original records to the research wiki and digitized books, there is a treasure trove of great information to be found.

Heritage Christmas
5:30 - 8:00 p.m., December 14

This classic, old-fashioned Christmas event is held annually on the second Saturday in December, and centers around community music performances in the 1904 World’s Fair Swedish Pavilion.

Millfest
Saturday, May 3, 2025

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. 

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.

CampGROUND
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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 12 thirty amp and 6 fifty amp electrical hook-ups, and a large area suitable for tent camping.