An Immigration Research Project
"Bort till det stora landet i vester"
Immigrant ship ink drawing by Swedish artist Olof Grafström, ca 1885
Video presenting our "Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives" book and Swedish Immigration in general
Lars Nordström gave this talk at the Tigard Library in October 2015.
It is about our new book and Swedish Immigration in general and 45 min long. Produced by MCC TVC TV
Link to the video, hosted by YouTube
Tabling for Swedish Roots in Oregon at Scanfair
By Rhonda Erlandson, SRIO Secretary
This year’s ScanFair at the Portland Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum took place December 5-6, 2015. On Saturday, December 5th, I had the pleasure of working the SRIO table along with fellow board member Mike Timshel. The hours flew by as we engaged with fellow Scandinavians about their Swedish heritage.
Featured at our table, along with books published by Swedish Roots in Oregon Press and miscellaneous ephemera related to Swedish immigration, was our ever popular large format map of Sweden and a new map that promises to be just as popular at future events: a tri-fold panel displaying Swedish destinations throughout Oregon and the Portland metro area designed by SRIO board member Ann Stuller. SRIO plans to add more locations to the map and in addition to having it on display at events such as ScanFair and Midsummer Fest, we hope eventually to make it accessible on SRIO’s website Read more...
SRIO Needs Help with Marketing
SRIO is, as many of you know, an educational, non-profit organization. We are a small research group that usually meets every month or so. Each member is asked to focus on some of the many tasks we do throughout the year. Still, even though our combined skills add up to a great deal of expertise, we need help with marketing of the books we produce. Would you like to help us preserve and make the Swedish history of Oregon better known by promoting our books to bookstores and Scandinavian gift shops? We could really use your help and would love to hear from you!
A Brief History
Swedish Roots in Oregon (SRIO) was formed in 1999 when Ross Fogelquist of Oregon’s New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society suggested that a project be initiated to research, document, and preserve the rich history of Oregon’s Swedish immigrants. Due to the extensive effort that would be required for such a project it was decided that a separate organization be formed to carry out the project. It was also recommended that this new group was to be a small, tightly focused research organization unencumbered by the responsibilities of maintaining a general membership. Read more...
A Swedish Artist in Portland 1886 - 1890
Olof Grafström (1855 – 1933) was born in Attmar, Medelpad, the son
of a well-to-do farmer. In 1875 he was admitted to the Academy of
Fine Arts in Stockholm, where he became a protégé of Per Daniel Holm
and was considered one of his most promising students. He graduated
in 1882 as an accomplished landscape painter. During his years at
the academy Grafström was a contemporary and friend of Swedish
artists such as Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors, Richard Bergh, and
Read more and see the pictures...
A hundred years ago, Selma Lagerlöf had an admiring reader in the United States named Samuel Magnus Hill. He was a Professor of Swedish literature and served as one of the editors of Ungdomsvännen [Youth‘s Friend], an illustrated Swedish-American ―Magazine for the Home. Read more from links on the Hill page...
Samuel Magnus Hill
Theses biographical portraits of Samuel Magnus Hill have been written by James Iverne Dowie and Lars Nordström. Dowie’s chapters were originally included as two separate chapters in his doctoral thesis and they describes Hill’s life from his arrival in the United States in 1868 to his move to Oregon in 1915. Read more...
Ernst Skarstedt's Biographies
In 1911, the well-known Swedish-American journalist Ernst Skarstedt finished the third volume
in his trilogy of Swedes in the Far West, Oregon och dess svenska befolkning
[Oregon and its Swedish population]. The book covered the period
1880 to 1910, and it was organized in the same way as its two
predecessors – it began with a general history of the state, moved
on to the various activities of the Swedes, and concluded with a
substantial biographical section of prominent Swedish immigrants.