Much to report in today’s “Monday Morning Museum Update” with a lot of activity and work a potentially very large grant!

Keep up to date on what staff and volunteers at the Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum are doing in your community every day in celebrating the history of Lindsborg and the surrounding region.

This weekly update both looks back at what happened last week and looks ahead at what’s coming.



-About 40 people attended our first-ever Donor Reception on Sunday, February 19. Thanks to all of our supporters!


For February 13-19, 2023:

All Staff

  • Preparation and cleanup from the Donor Reception.
  • Planning meeting for Donor Reception, followed by some final tasks.

Lenora Lynam, Executive Director

  • Gave a tour of Heritage Square and Swedish Pavilion to a Bethany College class group.
  • Met with tree removal company to evaluate condition of trees on museum campus, met with HVAC company to look at condition of electrical and heating and air conditioning, and a roofing company – all in preparation for SPRINT grant application.
  • Met with members of the Board of Directors on planning to revamp exhibits in the Swedish Pavilion.
  • Prepared refreshments and organization for Donor Reception.

Caroline de Filippis, Community Development Director

  • Processed new donations and memberships.
  • Processed RSVPs and updated Donor Reception guest list.
  • Upload photos for 125th anniversary book writer volunteer.
  • SPRINT grant work:
    • Write on grant application and fill out required forms.
    • Meet with contractors on a good faith estimate for exhibition reworking and new exhibitions.
    • Review options for campground toilets.
    • Met with painting contractor.
    • Met with another insulation contractor.
    • Contact with architecture design company specializing in ADA compliance.
    • Contact contractor on evaluation of buildings.

Adam Pracht, Marketing and Communications Director

  • Social media posts.
  • Fixed a major glitch in the main gallery’s introduction video (stopped 3/4 of way through). At the same time, did a major visual and audio “remaster” of the into video and also posted it to the website main page. (Watch the new version HERE.)
  • Confirmed with printing company that a table display has been fixed.
  • Did an interview with a freelance writer doing a story about the success of the $50,000 Match Challenge. Reviewed their work for accuracy and sent graphics from the campaign with permission to use.
  • Finished delivering temporary exhibition posters.
  • Gave a tour of the mill to Bethany College students.
  • Lowered and raised Heritage Square flag from governor order.
  • Scheduled a visit in May from a Senior Services group.
  • Contacted a website with a featured article including Lindsborg that included factual inaccuracies.
  • SPRINT grant work:
    • Spoke with representatives of several organizations that can potentially restore the steam engine. Sent them pictures of train’s current condition.
    • Drafted a letter of support for Lindsborg Ad Hoc Roundtable to sign in support of the grant application.
    • Requested support letter from CVB.
    • Helped to review and make suggested edits to draft grant application written by Caroline.

Adam and Caroline

  • Attended Ad Hoc.
  • Collaborated on a new “open” sign design.
  • Photographs needed for SPRINT grant application.

Caroline and Lenora

  • Met with a writer about writing an article in Swedish about the Pavilion.
  • Met with an insulation company, architect, and landscaper/artist – all in connection with aspects of the SPRINT grant application.

Lenora and Adam

  • Glass cleanup from a minor accident.


  • Ron Wilson, Cathy Ahlstedt, and Jerry Sperling: Monday front desk coverage.
  • Mike Koch: Changing burnt out light bulbs.
  • Julie Ann Neywick: Photo scanning.
  • Tom Holmquist: Removing debris from Academy building cleanup.