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Permanent Displays

The SHCC building is one of Stanton’s oldest landmarks. This schoolhouse (Old Main) was built in 1885 and housed the high school until 1971 when the current high school building was completed. Grade school classes were moved to Old Main at that time and continued there until 1992 when an elementary addition was added to the high school. In 1995 it was given new life as the Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center.

The first floor houses artifacts from Sweden, an early 1900s classroom, historical photos dating from 1920 to 1950 and a history of the Orphan’s Home. A short video about Stanton’s early days and founding father, Rev. Bengt Halland, is also available for viewing.


Upstairs you will find a time-line and artifacts of an Ioway tribe camp. Also on this floor are a mural and photos which illustrate the history of baseball in Stanton. You will also see a bank display, historical photos of Stanton, FFA artifacts, family history items and more.


The outside grounds include the former one-room Cramer school house and the largest Swedish coffeepot. Built in 1914 it served as the town’s water tower; painted and altered to look like a Swedish coffeepot in 1971. In 2015 it was retired, transported to its current location and repainted. To the south of the History Center sits our current water tower which was designed to look like a Swedish coffee cup. Swedes do love their coffee!


Schedule a Tour

Please call the center to schedule a tour for groups or for yourself - if other than regular open hours. 

See contact information below. 

On request we may provide coffee and pastries at the end of the tour for a nominal charge.

General Admission Fee - $5.00/adult

The Community Room

The Community Room is a wonderful place for small gatherings. It has several round tables with chairs and a small kitchen. Contact the Center for rental information.


Visit Our Gift Shop

Dala Horses

Swedish Glass

Swedish Cookbooks

Christmas Decorations

Swedish Linens

Swedish Tiles

Swedish Jewelry

Coffee Mugs


and Much More!

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