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Swedish-American festival at Good Templar park

In 1924 several Good Templar fraternal temperance lodges purchased a 66 acre park in Geneva, Illinois, near Chicago. By the 1930s many individual Good Templar members had built "sturgas" or cabins in the park. Each summer a Swedish-American festival is held. (By the time of World War I most Good Templars in America were Scandinavians, and the strength of the organization in Europe was in Sweden and Norway.) For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on June 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM in Sweden, Temperance, United States | Permalink