Sharing Rich Heritage and Values of the Old Country
VASA provides sharing national Scandinavian heritage with fellow Americans, and helps others to learn or remember the meaningful ways and values of the Old Country.
The national archives museum is a dynamic facility housing the history of the VASA organization. The large library holds books supporting genealogy research. Also available are a collection of rare books written in Swedish though published in the United States. Visitors are able to view a large collection of Swedish artifacts.
Bishop Hill is considered a birthplace of the Swedish immigration to the US. The village is not a reproduction. It is very much the same town settled in 1846. An authentic village experience from a community who celebrates the seasons, Swedish holidays and traditions. Visitors become immersed in the past and let the present learn from the past.