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Richard C. Lindberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816646845

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816646845.001.0001

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A Child of Clubland

A Child of Clubland

(p.218) 14 A Child of Clubland
Whiskey Breakfast

Richard C. Lindberg

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, the author, a first-generation Swedish American, reflects on his experiences at Clubland in Chicago during the first half of the twentieth century. He remembers Clubland because he had to live through it at a time when being Swedish meant nothing to him beyond the arcane and hoary stories spun by the old grandmothers, including his grandmother Emma Stone. According to the historians, Clubland was an important part of the newly arrived immigrants’ social milieu in Chicago and a refuge from the hurly-burly of city life during the great European exodus. Clubland was where the Swedes belonging to the generation of the author’s father organized bowling leagues, where youngsters whose parents sought to inculcate Swedish culture in America through music and folk dance instruction practiced their choreographed steps in costumes handmade on the Singer sewing machines of Swedetown. As he grew older the author began to understand that old Sweden as it once existed was manifest in Clubland.

Keywords:   immigrants, Clubland, Chicago, Swedes, Swedish culture, Swedetown, Sweden, music, folk dance

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