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Collection name Allan Kastrup collection. The Swedish American News Exchange.
Date 06/04/1948
Description The Centennial Celebration began at the Chicago Stadium on June 4, 1948. Approximately 18,000 people gathered to hear President Truman, Prince Bertil of Sweden, Carl Sandburg and others speak and perform. This photograph shows the key speakers sitting in front of the press. Sitting on the stage, from left to right: Vilas Johnson, President Harry S. Truman, Prince Bertil, Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, and Gösta Oldenburg. Vilas Johnson was of the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Company in Chicago, Illinois, Chairman of the Chicago Committee, and Vice President of the Association. President Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States (1945-1953). Dr. Conrad Bergendoff was the president of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and President of the Executive Board of the Association for the National Centennial Committee. Gösta Oldenburg represented Sweden in the U.S. and helped with preparation of the events. Cameras and Instruments can be seen in the photograph. Printed on the back of the photograph is "ACME NEWSPICTURES - DIVISION OF NEA SERVICE, Inc. - TRIBUNE TOWER CHICAGO, ILL. - THIS PICTURE IS SOLD TO YOU FOR YOUR PUBLICATION ONLY AND MUST NOT BE LOANED, SYNDICATED OR USED FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM ACME. - BY ACCEPTING THIS PICTURE YOU AGREE TO HOLD ACME HARMLESS FROM ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING BY REASON OF YOUR USE OR PUBLICATION OF THIS PICTURE." Written on the back of the photograph is what looks to be order information. There is a notecard in the back of the photograph sleeve that states, "Chicago - fr. r. Bergie - P.B. - Truman - Vilas J."
Place Chicago, Ill.
Search Terms Kastrup, Allan, 1906-
Johnson, Vilas
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972
Bertil, Prince, son of Gustaf VI Adolf, King of Sweden, 1912-1997
Bergendoff, Conrad John Immanuel, 1895-1997
Chicago (Ill.)
Swedish Pioneer Centennial 1948
Oldenburg, Gösta, 1894-1992
Music ensembles
American Swedish News Exchange (New York, N.Y.)
Catalog Number MSS P:308 ph 3