Gustavus Adolphus Society, 1628 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Year built: 1924

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Gustavus Adolphus Society: The Fraternity on Lake Street
“Enighet – Jämlikhet – Broderskap – Framåtskridande”

The Gustavus II Adolphus Society was founded June 11, 1886 to create a community for Swedish men. Naming their group after a well-loved king of Sweden, the founding twelve members created a program of debates, lectures, music, singing and athletics; in exchange for a membership fee of $1, brothers were eligible to receive sick benefits at a time when employers did not provide health insurance.

The motto of the group became “Unity, Equality, Brotherhood, Progress.” Younger as well as older people joined the society and in 1893 it was officially chartered by the State of Minnesota as a fraternal organization. In 1924, the Society erected a building at 1628 E. Lake Street.

In 1950s, membership grew as the society reached out to the direct descendents of Swedish immigrants. The Lake Street building was sold in 1995, and it was gutted by a fire on January 16, 2004.

The group continues to meet at the American Swedish Institute. Today, a ladies auxiliary group supports this Swedish fraternity, just as the fraternity supports the community by providing, since 1961, scholarships for students at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

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