Turnblad, Swan (1860–1933)

Swan Turnblad was a prominent Swedish Minnesotan and the manager, editor, and publisher of Svenska Amerikanska Posten, a Swedish American newspaper. He donated his family home and the newspaper to the newly founded American Institute of Swedish Arts, Literature and Science (later renamed the American Swedish Institute) near the end of his life.

Map of locations important to the early 1800s fur trade in present-day Minnesota and Wisconsin. Drawn by David Geister, ca. 2000.

Map of the region around the North West Fur Post

Map of locations important to the early 1800s fur trade in present-day Minnesota and Wisconsin. The North West Fur Post (Sayer's post) is visible in the lower left. Drawn by David Geister, ca. 2000.

The North West Fur Post as it appeared during John Sayer's tenure as partner in the early nineteenth century. Drawn by David Geister, ca. 2000.

Drawing of North West Fur Post

The North West Fur Post as it appeared during John Sayer's tenure as partner in the early nineteenth century. Drawn by David Geister, ca. 2000.

Sayer, John (1750–1818)

John Sayer was a fur trader, a merchant, and a partner in several fur trade companies for more than thirty years. In the late 1790s, he became a partner of the North West Company and proprietor of their Fond du Lac district, supervising trade with the Ojibwe south of Lake Superior and west across what is now northern Minnesota.

Black and white photograph of the Tribune Building, Fourth Street and First Avenue South, Minneapolis, 1887.

Tribune Building, Fourth Street and First Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Tribune Building, 1887. The building housed the Svenska Folkets Tidning and was lost to a fire in 1889.

Color image of the August 30, 1905 issue of the Svenska Folkets Tidning, with an article detailing the history of the paper since 1881 on the front page.

Svenska Folkets Tidning

The August 30, 1905 issue of the Svenska Folkets Tidning, with an article detailing the history of the paper since 1881 on the front page.

Color postcard of the Svenska Amerikanska Posten building, ca. 1935.

Svenska Amerikanska Posten building

Postcard of the Svenska Amerikanska Posten building, ca. 1935.

Black and white photograph of Swan Turnblad, longtime manager and publisher of Svenska Amerikanska Posten ca. 1890s.

Swan Turnblad

Swan Turnblad, longtime manager and publisher of Svenska Amerikanska Posten, ca. 1890s.

A color page of Svenska Amerikanska Posten from the “Sångarfäst=Nummer” edition from July 21, 1903.

Svenska Amerikanska Posten front page

A color page of Svenska Amerikanska Posten from the “Sångarfäst=Nummer” edition (July 21, 1903).

Svenska Amerikanska Posten

Published in Minneapolis between 1885 and 1940, Svenska Amerikanska Posten (the Swedish American Post) was one of the largest and most popular Swedish-language newspapers in the United States. It catered to an urban, secular segment of the Swedish American community.

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