In this week’s update: Member and Donor Social, deadline for Nutt grant survey, and more!

In our weekly update, keep up to date on what staff and volunteers at the Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum are working on to lift up 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.

For February 19-25, 2024:

  • On Sunday, we held a special Donor and Member Social with about 30 people in attendance. Thanks to everyone who came and, of course, everyone who donates so generously to support the museum! Not a member? You can be! Just visit
  • We finished a grant application last Friday that, if successful, would bring $25,000 in General Operating Support to the museum.
  • Bethany College education classes have been visiting on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a class project, and last Tuesday visited as a group for a museum tour.
  • The museum’s collections committee met with McPherson Gem and Mineral Club volunteers last Friday with help making some determinations of what rock and mineral items will remain in the collection and which ones make sense to deaccession instead.
  • This Thursday, February 29 is the LAST day to take the David J. Nutt Grant community survey! This is an important part of the grant decision-making process for the McPherson County Community Foundation. Please take some time to give your honest feedback, and please make sure to complete the survey all the way through to the end.

  • Our introductory video in the main gallery of the museum now has English subtitles for greater accessibility for hearing-impaired guests!
  • We got in our listings for the 2025 Kansas Travel Guide for the museum and Old Mill Campground.
  • Millfest sponsorship opportunities are now available! If we happened to have missed you with our mailing, no problem – just use the sponsorship form HERE.

  • Registration is now open for “Millfest for Kids” on Friday, May 3, 2024. This is a “living history” event for children of all ages. Students and teachers will enjoy a variety of hands-on activities such as blacksmithing, ropemaking, spinning, quilting, music and more! Contact us at or call 785-227-3595 to reserve limited space. Demonstrators for the event are now being contacted and we already have several hundred students registered to attend.
  • We have officially kicked off our Endowment Campaign 2025 to add $1 million to our endowment in supporting our annual operational budget to make sure that not only do we preserve these historical treasures, but we can also “keep the lights on.” Read more on the flyer and giving form below, or visit to to learn more!

Thank you to our museum volunteers!

Jerry Sperling, Carol Gusenius, Tim Stewart, Betty Amos, Jerry Hammerton, Mike Lynam, Les Sperling, Leland Nelson, Mike Koch, and Karmon Almquist.