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Lindsborgers in Swedish folk dress, 1908
Early Lindsborgers in folk dress, which identified their vocations, social status and marital status. Photo: B.G. Grondal, 1908. Courtesy City of Lindsborg

Little Sweden (Prelude to the Future: Multiple Faces of the Lindsborg Legacy)

Commemorates the Swedish settlers and their cultural contributions. Nestled in the Smoky Valley region of north central Kansas, the community of Lindsborg was settled in 1869 by nearly one hundred Swedish immigrant pioneers. Their strict adherence to the Lutheran faith and an abiding love of music were at the center of their existence, although many of them in the early days were farmers. Many other Lindsborg founders were craftsmen, educators, musicians, and people of many talents. Their passion for things cultural extends into the present day and is evidenced by the large percentage of fine artists, well-educated people, and musicians who reside in Lindsborg, a community of approximately 3,200. The immigrants' and early developers' multi-faceted cultural interests became the basis for what has happened here for over the past 130 years.

Originally submitted by: Jerry Moran, Representative (1st District).



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