Swedish American: Kansas Social Life

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Social Life and Customs of Swedish Americans in Kansas

The Swedish Immigrant and Life in Kansas.
By Emory Lindquist. This article appeared in the Kansas Historical Quarterly, Spring 1963 (Vol. XXIX, No. 1) pages 1 to 24.
This article can be found and read at the following website: http://www.kancoll.org/khq/1963/63_1_lindquist.htm

Svensk Hyllningsfest in Lindsborg

Lindsborg, Kansas is a town that still retains visible Swedish characteristics.  A biennial tribute to the Swedish pioneers occurs here in October of odd numbered years. The festival features art, crafts, special foods, ethnic music, folk dancing, parade, smörgåsbord, and special entertainment. The festival coincides with the Bethany College homecoming.  For information about the festival see http://www.svenskhyllningsfest.org/

Historical Fiction - Swedes in Kansas.

Butter in the Well: A Scandinavian Woman’s Tale of Life on the Prairie
A book by Linda K. Hubalek. This is a fictional diary based on real life facts of Maja Kaja Swenson Runeberg who homesteaded in Saline County Kansas in 1868. Detailed insight of the Swedish immigrant’s humble life and beginnings on the prairie.
This book is available for purchase among other places at http://www.amazon.com/Butter-Well-Scandanavian-Womans-Prairie/dp/1886652007

Prärieblomman: The Prairie Blossoms for an Immigrant’s Daughter
A book by Linda K. Hubalek. This is the sequel to Butter in the Well. The story of the Swedish immigrant family featured in Butter in the well is continued as the children grow up and marry. Swedish traditions are intertwined with tidbits of Kansas history.
This book is available for purchase among other places at http://www.amazon.com/