Rosa Naday Garmendia: Not So Far Away remarks on the longstanding historical divisions between Cuba and the United States and is relevant to larger conversations about the shared experiences linked to the global dispersal of refugees and asylum-seekers, of erecting boundaries and border crossings, of voyaging and displacement, and the fault-lines and states of emergency – in a deeply divided world. Not So Far Away investigates the complexities of the immigrant experience while highlighting respect and resilience.

The work of Rosa Naday Garmendia is rooted in social issues and encourages reflection, interaction, and engagement. Inspired by an ongoing series of works started in 2014, the exhibition investigates and reflects upon ideas and experiences of displacement from culture, home, and family, human communication, belief systems, and notions of history. Her effort to develop an intercultural dialogue encompasses a range of themes including identity, migration, and colonialism. This particular project is unique as it discusses the intersectionality of her own identity as an immigrant from Cuba, the Caribbean, a woman, and an artist living in the United States.

Through documentary work, photography, hands-on activities, objects, and activism, this project engages the public by contextualizing the narratives and experiences of individual immigrants, the histories of separation, transplantation of memories, and cultural practices from one’s own home country. History is a multi-disciplinary approach of public and personal experiences created to open new ways of understanding. The artist questions: What is the social and political impact of multiculturalism within these parameters? How are identities, language, self-determination, borders, and beliefs shifted by the flow and movement of people?

It is music at the Museum – wake up your ears, exercise your fingers and play along with us! Musicians and instructors Mary Allsopp and Paul Tyler co-host a Scandinavian Jam at the Swedish American Museum the second Sunday of every month. Join us for an afternoon of traditional roots music starting with instruction from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. New tunes are taught in the call and response “aural” tradition. The afternoon continues with a brief snack, and the jam session kicks off at 2 p.m. Build a repertoire with the unique tones and unusual rhythms of Scandinavia. Recording devices are encouraged. Bring your instruments, request your favorites, share a tune and play along on what you can, sit back and listen when you want a break.

The Swedish American Museum Director, Karin Abercrombie, will take you on a tour of Swedish Andersonville. Learn about the Swedish heritage of the neighborhood, and what Swedish things you can still find today.

The price includes a copy of the guided tour as well as a bottle of water.

We meet in front of the Museum.
The tour will hold a maximum of 6 people.
We ask that you wear a mask throughout the tour since we will be less than six feet away from each other. This is a requirement by the City of Chicago that we need to abide by.

Every artifact tells a story. Learn about the history of Lake County through the artifacts featured in the book 200 Objects that Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties. Debbie Fandrei, curator of the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove and project manager for the book, will show pictures and share stories of 30 of the different artifacts, ranging from a mammoth bone to a 1940s football. She will also talk about the collaboration between 23 different museums which produced the book.

Debbie Fandrei was born and raised in Grayslake and attended college in Minnesota and Virginia. After an internship at the Milwaukee Public Museum, she decided she wanted to work in history museums because of all the great stories that museums share with visitors. After twenty years at the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove, she still thinks she made the right choice.