In this week’s update: dala horses in the gift shop, German genealogy workshop, Millfest sponsorship 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 January 29 – February 4, 2024:

  • We held the first Swedish Genealogy Workshop of 2024 last Saturday, with about 40 people registered! Our next workshop is scheduled for June 8, but until then, we also have a German Genealogy workshop on February 17!
  • We have two great new dala-horse items in the gift shop – A wood dala horse ornament and a large 15 oz. traditional dala horse mug!
  • Our museum membership total is now 151 – two more than the ending total for 2023 annual memberships! If you’re interested in becoming a member, you can sign up today at!
  • We changed the layout and design of our Museum Virtual Tour page to address that the Orbix360 platform no longer offers embedding tours on a website with a free-level account.
  • Millfest sponsorship opportunities are now available! We sent out physical letters with full details last week, but if we happened to have missed you, no problem – just use the sponsorship form HERE.

  • Our thanks to the Museum Handy Crew, who helped with taking down some remaining Christmas decorations last week and making space in the Swedish Pavilion for planned new future exhibits.
  • 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.
  • Check out the McPherson County Community Foundation featuring the museum in a spotlight video leading up to endowment Match Week in early March!
    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, Betty Amos, Tim Stewart, Julie Ann Neywick, Angela Martinson, Les Sperling, Jerry Hammerton, Mike Koch, Leland Nelson!