Researchers from Sweden will be visiting the Quad-Cities later this month, looking for Swedish immigrants or their ancestors.
The scientists want to interview people who immigrated from Sweden to the area before 1970, or to interview the ancestors of those people to see how the Swedish language has been preserved or changed, according to a news release from Augustana College, which is assisting the Swedish team.
The scientists will be in the area June 13 and 14, and will visit Rock Island and Bishop Hill, the news release states.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the research can contact the college through the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center. Call Jill Seaholm at (309) 794-7204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2013. There are 195 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The treasurer of Mercer County has been instructed to sell all thespecie now in the treasury for the highest premium in legal tender and to report same atthe next board meeting. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.S. Freeman has been elected president of the Recreation Club ofthe Rock Island YMCA. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Rock Island voters will decide next Tuesday on the proposal toconsolidate with South Rock Island Township. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The Rev. Frederick J. Rolf will round out his 30th year as pastor ofthe Evangelical Church of Peace at Sunday worship services. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Dennis Kelly, of Moline High School, has been named a winner inTime Magazine's 27th annual current affairs contest. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Martin Luther King Community Center will participate in theSummer Food Service Program. Free meals will be made available to all children 18years of age and younger.