Lindsborg’s Sesquicentennial Recognized in the Halls of Congress (no, really!)

The Kansas community affectionately known as “Little Sweden” is getting some big recognition. Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts introduced a resolution in the United State Senate celebrating Lindsborg, Kansas on the 150th anniversary of its establishment, commending the people who have made Lindsborg the own full of rich culture it is today and honoring the immigrants of the Varmland province of Sweden for settling in Lindsborg. Lindsborg was established on February 20, 1869.

Representative Roger Marshall of the state’s first Congressional district introduced a companion resolution in the House of Representatives.

“Lindsborg is a town full of rich history, whose residents today still embody the perseverance of its settlers who first made Lindsborg home 150 years ago,” said Senator Moran. “I am always struck by the kindness of Lindsborg residents, and every time I visit, I leave thinking, ‘I could live here.’ I am pleased to help celebrate this exciting milestone in the town’s history and we look forward to what’s still to come.”

“Lindsborg is a true cultural gem on the Kansas prairie,” said Senator Roberts. “Over the last 150 years, the town has both persevered and prospered keeping true to its deep Swedish roots. These traditions will help the town continue to be a wonderful place to call home.”

“It’s my honor to sponsor this resolution that celebrates the 150th Anniversary of a very special town to my family, Lindsborg, Kansas,” said Representative Marshall. “Lindsborg is a bright, vibrant community that honors its past while embracing its future. Growing up in a family with Swedish roots, we still celebrate Swedish traditions today. In fact, every Christmas dinner we have various Swedish dishes, bought from Lindsborg, including pickled herring, anchovies, hardtack crackers and Swedish candies. I greatly value my heritage which is why I am proud to sponsor a resolution supporting Lindsborg, ‘Little Sweden, USA.'”

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Lindsborg is the “Best in Kansas” times three !

There are plenty of “best of” lists out there. So Lindsborg is elated to be chosen as the best in Kansas on these three lists:

Lindsborg puts the “WOW!” in Luau!

As you know, in Lindsborg you can always expect the unexpected! From the creative thinking of Lindsborg’s downtown merchants and a strong desire for warmer climates, a mash-up of Swedish proportions takes place on Saturday, January 26th from 2 to 5 pm.

Join the fun and you might see Swedish dancers doing the hula, happy luau revelers doing the lutefisk limbo or ukeleles playing as conga lines wind their ways through downtown.

Picture this! A roasted pig, featured in many luaus, combined with a dish of Swedish meatballs and voila! a new and amazing dish called a Swedish Meatball Pig. This concoction will be leading the conga line. Here is the schedule, subject to weather conditions, of course:

  • 2:00 PM – costumes available at The Ivory Thimble or come wearing your favorite luau attire (maybe a Tommy Bahama flowered shirt over fleece?) with lutefisk limbo to follow.
  • 2:30 PM – Swedish Dancer hula lessons at Lucia Park just south of City Hall. Go check out the restaurant and merchants and their island flare displays. Make sure to purchase your ukulele at Trollslända at 135 N. Main St for the play along that starts at….
  • 3:00 PM – play your ukulele at Lucia Park
  • 4:30 PM – conga line with the Swedish Meatball Pig around downtown

(Many thanks to the Lindsborg CVB for letting me copy their copy!)

Celebrate Black History Month

As you listen to Stevie Wonder’s song, “Happy Birthday,” that celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr., please make time to attend one or all of these great events in Lindsborg:

  • Wednesday, February 6 at 7 pm, Bethany College, Pearson Swedish Chapel: Lecture featuring historian Dr. Gretchen Sick about the historic Wichita Dockum Drug Store Sit-Ins in 1958.
  • Saturday, February 9 at 10 am, Bethany College, Wallerstadt Library: Celebration brunch for Black History Month with Rev. Allen Smith of Salina – RSVP to waughaj@bethanylb.edu
  • Monday, February 11 at 6:30 pm, Bethany College, Pearson Swedish Chapel: Lecture by Bethany College alumnus Marie Johnson about Salina during segregation
  • Friday, February 22 at 7 pm, Lindsborg Community Library: Movie screening of Hidden Figures; no charge, no reservations required, informal discussion to follow

#bookdirect @ www.LindsborgVacationRentals.com

You may be thinking, “Sigh…another hashtag?” I’m not fluent in ‘hashtag’ either, but this one is important. Find out why in the list below!

  • Book direct and save — Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, Expedia, Booking.com and TripAdvisor (also called OTAs) have extra fees that are paid by you, the guest.
  • When you book direct, you communicate directly with us — visit our www.LindsborgVacationRentals.com or call 855-872-3487.
  • The best price isn’t with the OTAs. The best price is through our website.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on OTAs — our vacation rentals are listed on Airbnb, but with no other OTA.
  • We know Lindsborg and central Kansas better than anyone — the OTAs don’t know anything about all the great events here, especially during Lindsborg’s 150th!!
  • If you have special needs, we can help — just let us know and we’ll do our best to find a way to make it happen, if we can!
  • We may have special offers available — these special offers aren’t shown on the OTAs, so ask away!

This Holiday Season, Give “Heartland” by Sarah Smarsh: More Importantly, Read it!

“Heartland” by Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh and her family lived and worked near Kingman, Kansas for generations.  They all worked hard, played even harder but never thought of themselves as being poor in the richest country on earth.  Her memoir, Heartland, is New York Times Bestseller, was a National Book Award finalist with many more accolades flowing in.  It is definitely worth your time!

Weekend Getaways!

Kansas! Magazine – Winter 2018  https://www.travelks.com/ks-mag/

The readers of Kansas! Magazine voted on their favorite weekend destinations.  Here are the six finalists–and where to visit!

  • Abilene
    • Mr. K’s Farmhouse, Russell Stover Chocolate Factory, Greyhound Hall of Fame)
  • Atchison
    • The Riverwalk, Evah C. Cray Home Museum, Historical Socieity Museum in the Santa Fe Depot)
  • Council Grove
    • Council Grove Marina, Hays House Restaurant, Kaw Mission
  • Lawrence
    • University of Kansas, Massachusetts Street, Downtown
  • Lindsborg
    • Small World Gallery, Ol’ Stuga, Hemslöjd, The Ivory Thimble, Coronado Heights, Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters
  • Norton
    • Prairie Dog State Park, ‘They Also Ran’ Gallery, Scheetz Motor Building