AUSS Cultural Heritage Foundation

AUSS Cultural Heritage Foundation

The AUSS Cultural Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation who’s objective is “to preserve, promote, and cultivate the Swedish language, customs, traditions, music, art and culture.”

Singers' Museum Room

Thanks to a generous monetary gift by the late John O. Werner of Warwick, Rhode Island, the AUSS Cultural Heritage Foundation was founded. Although not a singer, but an associate member of the Verdandi Male Chorus, he loved Swedish singing so much that he donated large sums of money to create the AUSS Cultural Heritage Foundation, and pay for a museum room in the Midway Village Museum in Rockford, Illinois. The Singers' Gallery was officially dedicated on April 20, 1976, with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in attendance. The room contains old photographs and uniforms, memorabilia from past conventions, and recordings to listen to.


The CHF also deals with material that is archived, such as meeting minutes (from choruses as well as regional and national groups), correspondence, financial records, AUSS newspapers, photographs, and sheet music. Recently, the entire collection was moved to the Swenson Center on the campus of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where it is in an appropriate, climate controlled environment. Work on cataloging the material is an ongoing project. The Swenson Center is in the process of digitizing all issues of Musiktidning. You can view those completed, so far, here.

A Century of Song

In 1992, the Foundation published A Century of Song, a book about the Union’s first 100 years. Although it is out-of-print, used copies may be available on eBay, Amazon, or similar websites.
Click here for an online, searchable version of the book at the Swenson Center archives.

Music Scholarship

Another facet of the Foundation is the administration of an annual scholarship, given to a deserving college student, or students, with, preferably, a major in music or, secondly, a minor in music. Click here for Music Scholarship details.

Financial Support

The Cultural Heritage Foundation helps AUSS choruses with annual grants to each group. The Foundation also contributes to each convention to help defray expenses. To encourage growth of the AUSS, the CHF also makes grants to new choruses.

Due to the recent economy, the Foundation has had to dip into its princple. We hope to increase the principle by $400,000, so as not to touch the principle in the future. Toward that end, the CHF has created the "1892 Society" as a fundraising tool. Contributions are tax deductible. Click here for more on the 1892 Society.


The Foundation, which has its own officers and board of directors, is recognized as a 501 (c) (3) by the IRS, and contributions are tax deductible.