In this week’s update: 1/3 committed on tax credits for Pavilion, Academy building roof request for bid, museum on KSN Good Day Kansas July 4, 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 June 25-31, 2024:

  • Fundraising under the Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credits through the Kansas Department of Commerce is progressing well, with commitments received on more than 1/3 of the available credits!
    Museum staff also attended Zoom training for administering the tax credit grant last Wednesday.
    Any Kansas resident can qualify to receive back a 70% fully refundable tax credit on their Kansas return with a donation of $250 or more to the project! The available tax credits will be used to enhance fundraising efforts for the Pavilion Restoration & Improvement Project. The credits are expected to raise $238,000 in donations, which will fully cover critical stabilization repairs to prevent collapse of the historic structure. Visit HERE to learn more about the tax credits program and how you can help contribute to the project!
    While the tax credit grant incentive is a great way to spur giving, it will help to fund critical structural repairs and part of a new roof on the 1904 World’s Fair Swedish Pavilion only if individuals, families, and organizations step forward to give under the program’s tax credit opportunity. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!
  • Bidding is now open to repair the Academy building roof. Bids will close on Friday, July 12. Visit HERE for full details and scope of work to submit a bid.
  • Tune in to KSN television’s Good Day Kansas program between 11 a.m. – noon on Thursday, July 4 for a special appearance by the museum!
  • Adam brought a guided mill tour out into the community last week, visiting Bethany Home with the museum’s 360-degree virtual video tour of the Old Mill.
  • The museum will be closed for Independence Day on July 4.
  • Our thanks to Lindsborg News-Record for covering the story about tax credits for the Swedish Pavilion last week!
  • Adam submitted a new application for $25,000 for an operational funds grant for the museum.
  • Lenora assisted a researcher from Virginia on Thursday.
  • Lenora submitted final paperwork for the historic tax credits from 2022, which funded guttering on the Old Mill, scale house and power house, as well as new roofing on the power house.
  • The Museum Handy Crew continued restoration work on the 1908 Dempster No. 9 windmill on Heritage Square.
  • Registration is open for an hourlong genealogy workshop on July 13 on the FamilySearch tool! Sign up for this great opportunity today!
  • Sunflower Summer is here! Now through August 11 with the Sunflower Summer app, Kansas students and their parents/guardians can get free admission to the museum! While you’re at it, use the app to also get free admission to more than 220 attractions and events across the State of Kansas!
  • NOW OPEN: “Skeleton-Of-Dog… Selected Geology & Natural History Artifacts from the Bethany College Collection Archives” is a temporary mini-exhibit at the museum featuring some unique artifacts not seen in public for decades!
  • Our Endowment Campaign 2025 is ongoing 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, Tim Stewart, Julie Ann Neywick, Jerry Hammerton and Karmon Almquist!