American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a museum and cultural center dedicated to the preservation and study of the historic role Sweden and Americans of Swedish heritage have played in US culture and history.
The American Swedish Institute is housed in a turn-of-the-20th-century mansion that was built for Swedish immigrants Swan and Christina Turnblad.
Swan Turnblad immigrated with his family to the United States in 1868 at the age of eight. His interest in the printing industry eventually led to his success as publisher of the Swedish language newspaper Svenska Amerikanska Posten. Within ten years he was the sole owner. Under his management, circulation of the weekly paper soared to over 40,000, a substantial increase from the 1,400 it initially claimed. This publication was likely the principal source of Turnblad's wealth.
The transition from private residence to museum happened in 1929 when the family donated the house and the newspaper to establish the American Institute for Swedish Arts, Literature and Science (later changed to the American Swedish Institute). Turnblad stated that he had long planned for the home to be a Swedish-American institute.
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The American Swedish Institute complex includes the Swan Turnblad Mansion, completed in 1910, and the adjoining Nelson Cultural Center, completed in 2012. The house was added to the NRHP on August 26, 1971.
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