Monday, November 14, 2011

SweAme Major Announcement

The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation (BOPSF), based in San Francisco, California, has granted Swedish America Heritage Online (SweAme) a substantial award.

This grant will be utilized for the employment of SweAme website Registered Users who will assist with the effort to document the Swedish emigrants who were living in the United States in the year 1900. This project involves researching the U.S. Federal Census records for 17,242 emigrants in the two states - California and Maine - and transcribing their genealogical data onto the SweAme website data base. The schedule for this project begins on 01 December, 2011 and will run for 10 months until 30 September, 2012.

Barbro Osher is chair of The Bernard Osher Foundation and president of The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. The Pro Suecia Foundation supports Swedish-related cultural and educational projects in North America and Sweden. Among the Foundation’s grantees are several American universities, including the University of California (Berkeley), Gustavus Adolphus University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Washington, whose programs advance understanding of Swedish culture and tradition both in Sweden and in America.

Barbro Osher is also the founder of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) chapter in San Francisco and was president of Positive Sweden/North America, an organization furthering the image of Sweden through educational activities in the United States. She serves on the Boards of the University of California (Berkeley) Foundation and the American-Scandinavian Foundation. She was also the 2008 Swedish American of the Year.

 For more information on The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, visit their website at (  

Finest Regards,

David Borg, Chairman
Swedish American Heritage Online (SweAme)

SweAme Board of Directors:

Doug Anderson, Lissa Bengtson, Larry Blomquist, David Borg, Elin Criswell, Jason Eckhardt, Pam Hicks