|Collection name||Allan Kastrup collection. The Swedish American News Exchange.|
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.
Also on the stage but further to the left side and facing the previously mentioned are many of the members of the Chicago Pioneer Committee and the Official Swedish Delegation, including but not limited to, Dr. Nanna Svartz and Ingeborg Sylvander. Cameras, instruments, and crowds can be seen in the photograph. Written on the back of the photograph is, "1948: Chicago Stadium".
Kastrup, Allan, 1906-
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972
Bertil, Prince, son of Gustaf VI Adolf, King of Sweden, 1912-1997
Bergendoff, Conrad John Immanuel, 1895-1997
Swedish Pioneer Centennial 1948
Svartz, Dr. Nanna, 1890-1986
Sylvander, Ingeborg, 1898-1986
American Swedish News Exchange (New York, N.Y.)
|Catalog Number||MSS P:308 ph 4|