In this week’s update: Pavilion windows and Academy repainting; Pavilion news coverage; extended applications for Executive Director, 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 March 18-24, 2024:

  • New Swedish Pavilion windows – made possible by a grant from the David Nutt fund through the McPherson County Community Foundation – started being installed by Sprowls Construction last week!

  • Wheat State Paint Co. started the process of repainting the Academy building by scraping off the peeling paint last week. Fresh painting is expected to start this week. This is part of the projects being funding by our $250,000 SPRINT grant approval last year.

  • Two new developments for Millfest planning on May 4: First, we have our second food truck vendor for the day confirmed – Kim’s Express Foods of Salina!
    Second, we have confirmation that Old Man Lingonberry will be one of our musical performers!
  • The Museum Handy Crew helped with painting and cleaning up fallen sticks in the campground last week.
  • Our thanks to the many news outlets that helped to bring attention to the structural repair needs of the Swedish Pavilion, which led to the decision to temporarily close the historic building for guest safety. Coverage included Salina Post, Salina Journal, KSAL (plus a live interview during last week’s Wednesday morning show); Ad Astra Radio; KAKE, and KSN. We’re also expecting a story to be in the Lindsborg News-Record this coming week.
  • Lenora fielded four requests for archives research assistance last week.
  • Adam gave a tour to a Bethany College Kansas history class last Thursday.
  • We were approved for a $10,000 per month advertising grant in Google AdWords credit! Adam started the process of adding the website coding required in order to start using this significant grant to promote the museum.
  • We have extended our application period for a new museum Executive Director through April 30. Visit for full details and application instructions.

  • Registration is now open for the next Swedish Genealogy Workshop on June 8! Limited to 100 attendees, we have four great new sessions in this online learning opportunity!

  • 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 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 about 500 kids 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 Steward, Julie Ann Neywick, Les Sperling, Mike Koch, Leland Nelson, and Karmon Almquist!