In this week’s double update: Museum restoration, city presentation, workshop registration, 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 May 28 – June 2, 2024:

  • Restoration work continued across the museum campus last week. Work was completed on the front porch beams and posts on the main museum building; there’s just a few pieces of touchup work that will happen this week. Our Museum Handy Crew volunteers are making restoration repairs to our windmill on Heritage Square (which we have been able to determine from historic photos is a Dempster brand windmill and at least 100 years old). Elsewhere, Sprowls Construction has been installing new Pavilion windows and Wheat State Paint Co. is scraping and priming to redo the exterior paint of the one-room schoolhouse.
  • This evening at 6:30 p.m. (Monday, June 3) we will be presenting to the City of Lindsborg at their regular council meeting and making a funding request. We encourage museum supporters to please attend and help show that the museum is important and meaningful in your life. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can also watch live video on the City of Lindsborg Facebook page.
  • Bidding is open for one more week for tuckpointing work on the Old Mill powerhouse exterior. Bidding closes on June 7.
  • On Friday we finished a new application for a grant that, if successful, would provide the museum $20,000 in unrestricted operational funds. We also are finalizing a grant submission to fund a guest speaker series later this year.
  • We recently opened registration for an hourlong genealogy workshop on July 13 on the FamilySearch tool! Sign up for this great opportunity today! We also still have registration open for one more week for the daylong Swedish Genealogy Workshop on June 8.
  • We processed one new museum membership – our total membership is now 163. You can become a member too!
  • 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!

Social Media Feature of the Week!

If you don’t already follow Lindsborg Midsummer’s Festival on Facebook, you should give them a Like! Last week, the festival folks featured opportunities at the museum to see a Swedish pancake demo, learn about genealogy, or learn some Swedish language during Midsummer’s on Saturday, June 15!

Thank you to our museum volunteers of the last two weeks!

Betty Amos, Tim Stewart, Julie Ann Neywick, Tom and Marlysue Holmquist, Jerry Hammerton, Karmon Almquist, and Leland Nelson!