The following SCA Awards of Merit were presented
at the SCA Awards Banquet in Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas,
on Friday, April 4, 2014.
Barbara Gustafson Pate
Barbara has secured over $40,000 from the city of Austin for restoration and protection work for the Swedish Log Cabin in Austin Zilker Park.
The work on the cabin starts next week after the end of the Zilker Garden Festival this weekend. She also serves as a docent to provide information to the thousands of visitors to the festival about the Swedes who settled Texas
She has for several years served as Chair of the Evangelical Free Church Cemeteries Association which has created an endowment to maintain two Swedish Evangelical Free Church Cemeteries.
Charlene Hanson Jordan
Charlene is a member of SWEA -Austin, Vasa order of American, and the Elgin Historical Association.
Charlene is also an author. Her latest, and fourth, book, “WHISPERS IN THE CHURCH, Swedish Witch Hunt, 1672” was published in 2012. Her third book, “Stuck in the Mud at Post Oak Island” is on Texas and Swedish immigrant history. The preceding books were “Crossroads Elgin” and “Twelve Texas Swedish Quarterlies“.
Past recognitions include a 2005 commendation from the American Association of State and Local History, Uddevalla’s Order of the Raven (Swedish: Korpagillet), and Post Oak Island Masonic Lodge’s Community Builder of the Year (1997).
Elisabeth Engquist Kihlberg
Elisabeth came to the United States with her husband, Dr. Björn Engquist. In California, she worked as a freelance writer for the Swedish press and as a volunteer for different Swedish-American organizations until she started working at the Consulate General of Sweden in 1985. As part of New Sweden 88, she helped plan seminars for the Scandinavian teachers at American universities and organized numerous cultural events.
Here in Austin, Elisabeth has worked as a coordinator for college students wanting to study abroad. In 2005 she was instrumental in starting SWEA – Austin Chapter and was President for three years. She has also helped rescue the old Moline Swedish Lutheran Cemetery that was founded in 1897.
Leland has devoted a lifetime to honor his Swedish heritage. He has worked tirelessly for many, encouraging others to appreciate the strong character and resilience of the Swedish people, who immigrated to America.
Leland has been a leader of the Austin Scandinavian Club of Austin and the Elgin Texas Swedish Interest Group. He promotes the respect and honor due our ancestors for their courage in coming to this country to secure freedom of faith and to procure the hopes and dreams of a better life for their families.
The following SCA Award of Merit was presented
at the SCA Awards Banquet in the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota,
on Friday, September 19, 2014.
Norma Abrahamson Lindeen
Norma Abrahamson Lindeen has been a stalwart and hard-working member of the Swedish Heritage Society of Swedesburg, Iowa, and its adjunct museum since early in their inception She serves as director of the Museum’s Gift Shot, ordering, purchasing, pricing and arranging. Nora travels to Minneapolis and Chicago warehouses looking for items for the shop. Because of her efforts, the museum has attained an excellent reputation as THE place to purchase Swedish items.
Norma serves on the Society’s Board of Directors and handles publicity and informational items regarding the museum and its events, scheduling entertainment for Midsommar Fest and decorating the Majstång each June.
Norma’s great grandfather, Germain W. Abrahamson, emigrated from Östergötland in 1860. She and her husband, Jerry, are lifelong residents of the Swedesburg area, where they raised their four children. They are also active in local church and community activities.