In this week’s update: Millfest recap, grant applications submitted, building restorations, 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 April 29-May 5, 2024:

  • We had a great Millfest weekend, with about 550 kids and adults at the museum on Friday for Millfest for Kids and hundreds taking a guided tour of the Old Mill in action during Millfest on Saturday. We’re still working on assembling total numbers of attendance from our annual Millfest event. Thank you to everyone – including all of our volunteers and a record number of financial event sponsors – who helped us put together a successful Millfest celebration, with music, dancing, axe-throwing, yard games, great food, and arts and crafts vendors and demonstrations!
    Check out the gallery of pictures from the weekend’s events below!
  • Earlier in the week, staff submitted two important grants intended to support essential and valuable projects at the museum. Keep watching this weekly update for more details later this year when we learn the results of these applications.
  • Ongoing building restoration work continued last week, with Lawrenz Masonry working on the parapet walls of the Old Mill powerhouse and Wheat State Paint Co. working on painting the Academy building.
  • Also earlier in the week, we gave a group tour to a Herington senior women’s group who came to visit!
  • We had some great coverage of Millfest last week, including on KSAL (an advance story, a live interview on Friday, and story following the event), KSN television (not yet available online), the Salina Journal, the McPherson Sentinel, the Lindsborg News-Record (still forthcoming) and the Salina Post. (Note that some of these news appearances have a paywall to be able to read the full stories online).
  • It’s All Schools Day Week in McPherson County! Show your button in-person at the museum gift shop and get 10% off your purchase all week! (May 6-10)
  • 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!
  • 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!

  • 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 last week!

We had so many great helpers and volunteers before, during and after Millfest that we still don’t have the full list assembled yet! Check here next week for a full listing of all of our wonderful volunteers!