Fri, 16 May 2008
During the work with my next podcast episode the information have researched me that
The “Swedish Emigrant institute “ here in växö the museum and research institution about the Swedish emigration to USA and other parts of the world. Is in danger of being forced to merge with The Smålands Museum “ (our local county museum) It would probably BE THE END OF THE Swedish Emigrant Institutes time as an independent museum and research institute and the museums exhibitions would be in danger of closing or be substansially reduced. Its research department would also be in danger closing and with that the possibility for people witch Swedish ancestors to write or visit it and with the help of its material to find out where their Swedish ancestors came from.
The institute has extensive collections of microfilmed Swedish-american church records-swedish-american newspapers Swedish-american society archives as well as collections of individual emigrants letters back to Sweden and an extensive library with books about Swedish immigrations to other parts of the world. In my podcast of jan 25th I had an interview with the Swedish emigrant Institue’s librarian Yngve Turesson (please listen to it if you want)
The Swedish emigrant Institute has suffered from some turbulence in later years as well as economical problems and the politicians in Växjö want to merge it with the local county Museum and has taken away all economical backing to both the museums until they agree to the merge.
Both Museums are well woth looking at and while I think that a cooperation between them would be a good idea . I think that a total merger could be a disastrous for the Swedish Emigrant Institutes future .
Here are the URL of the Swedish Emigrant institutes webpage in English
on the Swedish version of the website its current head has written about the institutes present situation (unfortunately they have not put up the text on the English version).
The website of the Smålands Museum is here
There is a petition to the politicans (Bo Frank and Kristina Alsén) aginst the merge here are some instructions oin how to sign as wellas an approximate translation of the petition
Go tto the folloving URL
then you will see Swedish text witch I says in Swedish aproximatley wha ti have translated into below
To Bo Frank, Kristina Alsér
Shall the Swedish Emigrant Institute (SEI) be incorporated in a local historical Center under a with The Museum of Småland common head and board of directors .The consequence for the Swedish Emigrant Institute would be that it would abdicate from its role as a national and international research institute and it would become a archival depot under The Museum of Småland wich goes against its statutes and aginst the ideas of The Swedish Emigrant Institutes founder Gunnar Helén and against four decades successful work on both sides of the Atlantic. What reactions would this create on the Swedish level, i on the Swedish-American level, among researchers and in Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s foundation witch have during the years donated 20 million Swedish kronor to the Swedish emigrant Institute and motivated its generosity with the Swedish Emigrant Institutes national and international role Is the Institute witch since its foundation in 1968 has drawn more than one million visitors to The house of Emigrants (the building in witch the Swedish Emigrant institute resides) and witch according to guidebooks in English is of the biggest tourist attractions in the city of Växjö not worth more. Let the Swedish –emigrant Institute remain as an independent unit. Instead of subject it to budget cuts let it expand !
With kind regards
Under it you will see the word “undertecknade” if you click that you will see those who have signed the petition
Somewhere further belowthe petions text you will se a text
“Skriv på listan” it means sign the petition if you click there you will come to a page on wich it says
“emigrantinstitutet, Ny underskrift” it means the emigrant Institute new signer
Under that you will se bowses with the word ”förnamn “witch means firs tname “Efternamn” wich means last name “E-postadress” wich means e-mail address “Postort” witch basically means were you live and “kommentat” wich means comment .
When you have signed your name e-mail and place of residence you click on the button parked “Spara” wich means save
You would then recive a confirmation e-mail called something like “bekräftelse av tillage på namninsamling”
It will say something like
Hej (your name) = Hello (your name)
Klicka på länken nedan för att aktivera din inskrivning = click on the link below to activate your signature
Then follows the link you should click to activate your signature
Med vänlig hällsning = with kind regards
Namninsamling.com = witch is the name of the site that managed the petition
If you want to sign the petion I hope you will be able to follow my instructions
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