Swedish museum preparing for 150-year anniversary

MT. PLEASANT — The Swedish American Museum in Swedesburg will soon be looking as new as the day it was built.

The Swedish Heritage Foundation recently received a $33,640 grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa for a rehabilitation project of the 150-year-old museum’s exterior and windows, according to a news release from the foundation. Renovations will include scraping and replacing wood boards as well as repainting. The windows of the White General Store and tinsmith shop will be individually removed and rehabilitated this winter.

The project, expected to be completed before the 30th celebration of the museum in June 2021, has been contracted to TK Enterprises in Washington.

“The museum is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, when it reopens, the rehabilitation project will be available for museum volunteers, visitors and society members to view. Preserving the exterior of the museum complex will ensure the property will remain a community asset for generations to come,” Ceanne Alvine, grant director for the foundation, said.