Lindsborg, Kansas

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Coordinates: 38°34′27″N 97°40′31″W / 38.57417°N 97.67528°W / 38.57417; -97.67528

Lindsborg is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, USA. The population was 3,321 at the 2000 census. It is known for its association with Swedish heritage and the biennial Svensk Hyllningsfest.

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Swedish heritage

Lindsborg is known as "Little Sweden" because it was settled by Swedish immigrants in the late 19th century. The City of Lindsborg was settled in the spring of 1869 by a group of Swedish immigrants from the Värmland province of Sweden led by Pastor Olof Olsson.[3] Today, thirty percent of the population is of Swedish heritage. The downtown features gift shops that specialize in Swedish souvenirs, including various sizes of dala horses.

Lindsborg has long been noted for the Svensk Hyllningsfest and other efforts to remember its Swedish pioneer heritage. Svensk Hyllningsfest is a biennial celebration held in October of odd-numbered years since 1941, to celebrate the town's Swedish heritage.[4]

The Swedish Pavilion was originally built as an international exposition building for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. After the fair, the Swedish Pavilion was purchased by W.W. Thomas, U.S. Minister to Sweden and Norway, and presented to Bethany College in Lindsborg as a memorial to his friend Dr. Rev. Carl Aaron Swensson, the founder of Bethany College who had recently died. The Pavilion was moved to Bethany College in Lindsborg, where it was used for classroom, library, museum and department facilities for the art department. The Swedish Pavilion was moved to the McPherson County Old Mill Museum, also in Lindsborg in 1969.[5]

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