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Elaine McGrath

Sweden Day Committee

PO Box 570443

Whitestone, NY 11357

email: SwedenDay@yahoo.com



We could sure use your help!

SwedenDay has kept the traditions of our heritage alive for 73 years

But our Committee members could use a few new ideas and suggestions how we can grow our event.

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Celebrating a Swedish Midsummer in the "Bronx"

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

at Manhem Beach Club

Bronx, New York


2014 Smiles from Gail, Carl, Signe, Alice and Elaine


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2011 SwedenDay



Elsa Rix #1


Organization Of The Year








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Sweden Day

Women of the Year


Elizabeth Dahlstrom-Schumacher


Nancy Dahlstrom-McCann

Nancy was born to Christian & Doris Horn in Queens NY. When she was two months old her family moved to Irma, WI to live on her family’s farm. Her morföräldrar (maternal grandparents) grew up in Dalsländ and her morfar was a member of the Kings Guard before moving to America. When she was four years old, the family moved back to Queens but continued to visit the farm every summer. It was on the farm that she would hear the stories about the “old country” and her fascination with Sweden began. In 1972 she embarked on a tour of Denmark, Norway, Finland & (of course) Sweden; furthering her love and fascination with the “old country”. While a member of the Lutheran Ladies Bowling League, her friend, Ruth Johnson, introduced her to her brother, Ray. They were married in 1974 (divorced in 1999). Shortly after their marriage, Nancy began to assist Ruth with the Miss Sweden Day Contest. Ray & Ruth Dahlström’s father, Charlie, was born in Bohuslän, Sweden and their mother, Betty, was born in Finland. Ray & Nancy’s two children, Elizabeth & Raymond, both became members of the Manhem Dancers and Barnklubben Elsa Rix #1. Even while working full time for MasterCard International, Nancy found the time to be an active member of the Manhem and Elsa Rix’s parents groups, the secretary of the PTA and the secretary of her church council, to name just a few. 

As a child performing every year at Sweden Day, Elizabeth longed to be crowned Miss Sweden Day. After many tries and “almosts”, Elizabeth was crowned Miss Sweden Day 2000. Following in her family’s footsteps for volunteering, she volunteered to be assistant leader of Barnklubben Elsa Rix #1 when she was just 19 years old. Elizabeth took on more responsibilities over the years and moved from assistant leader to co-leader. Upon Elaine McGrath’s retirement, Elizabeth became the leader of Elsa Rix (Kathryn Brown is her assistant leader).  People who volunteer know that once you join one group you continue to join others. While a full-time student at SUNY Old Westbury and working part-time at MasterCard, Elizabeth joined the Sweden Day Committee (was elected to secretary), joined Lindbergh Lodge and the Swedish Folkdancers of NY.  She earned her BA in Politics, Economics & Law from Old Westbury in 2003.  In 2007, Elizabeth married Peter Schumacher.    

In 2008, after many years together, Nancy married her best friend and soul mate, John McCann.  Nancy also retired from MasterCard after 38 years and became even more active in the Swedish/American community.  Nancy is currently the auditor of VASA NY District Lodge #4, treasurer of Sweden Day, a member of the Sweden Day scholarship committee, district deputy for Lindbergh Lodge #505 and the Sunshine Committee correspondent for Olympic Lodge #235. In her down time Nancy can be seen crocheting or knitting something for a person or event, and it is often in yellow & blue.

Elizabeth is working on her Master’s in Emergency Management at Adelphi University.  She is currently the; leader of Barnklubben Elsa Rix #1, vice president of Sweden Day, chairperson of the Miss Sweden Day Contest, secretary of Olympic Lodge #235 and representative on the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee for Miss Sweden Day.

John and Peter in addition to supporting their wives volunteerism are also members of Olympic Lodge #235 and help out whenever needed.  Both couples live near each other in Whitestone, NY.

Elizabeth and Nancy can be seen at; VASA lodge meetings, VASA conventions, Sweden Day meetings and other Swedish/Scandinavian events both near and far.  The Swedish/American community needs more volunteers like Elizabeth and Nancy and the Sweden Day Committee is proud to honor them this year.


Sweden Day

Woman of the Year


Ellen Lindstrom

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It is with great sadness . . .

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Edwin Emerson on Feb. 24, 2013. Miriam passed away in 2012. Ed and Miriam were energetic and devoted supporters of Sweden Day. They were "Couple Of The Year" in 1998. We will truly miss them.

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Ulf and Mette Mårtensson

Honorees Of The Year




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When Ralph A. Pearson first chaired the Sweden Day Committee back at its inception in 1941, it was viewed as

"an annual event where old and new acquaintances meet."

We hope that you will enjoy this trip through the old and new Sweden Days


Elizabeth Dahlstrom-Schumacher


Nancy Dahlstrom-McCann


Sweden Day Women of the Year - 2014





    The  Swedish  "Godfather"  2009






  Sara Roberson - Miss Sweden Day 2013                                                Madison Lee - Miss Sweden Day 2012

As lovely as the contestants all seem to be, beauty is only a small part of the attributes leading up to being chosen as Miss Sweden Day. Poise, confidence, appearance, writing skills, interview skills . . . all have a part in judging the young lady who will wear the crown for an entire year and represent Sweden Day at various events throughout the New York metropolitan area. The winner also receives some very beautiful gifts.

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If you or someone you know might be interested in participating, email to MissSwedenDay@hotmail.com 



2011 Scholarship Winners (Photo courtesy Jeanne Andersen)

Each year scholarship monies are awarded to a lucky applicant to aid in their educational pursuits. Winners are chosen on the basis of their written application. Submit your application TODAY for a chance to win. You have nothing to lose and much to gain!

Print the APPLICATION and complete all required information. Then mail completed Application to: Sweden Day Scholarship Application, c/o Dahlstrom, P.O. Box 570443, Whitestone, NY 11357,  or email to: TEKscholarship@hotmail.com

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  Contributions to this Scholarship Fund should be made payable to "Sweden Day Committee" and sent to Sweden Day Committee, c/o Dahlstrom, PO Box 570443, Whitestone, NY 11357  with an appropriate notation that this is for the "Scholarship Fund."


Every year a Journal is published describing the event and giving a biography of the selected "Person(s) of the Year." 

Ads can be taken out to show your support for this event. The Ad Form can be downloaded at Journal Ad.

For more information on the Journal, contact Sweden Day Committee, c/o Dahlstrom, PO Box 570443, Whitestone, NY 11357,

or email to: SwedenDay@yahoo.com



Click here for a glimpse into past Sweden Days, beginning with 1941.


Chairpersons for Sweden Day - Past & Present

1941 - 1943

Ralph Pearson (Founder of Sweden Day)

1962 - 1965

Ralph Pearson

1992 - 2001

Jeanne Widman


          Elaine McGrath &        Jeanne Eriksson Widman Andersen

1944 - 1954

Dr. Harry Berglind

1967 - 1976

Gustave A. Kvalden

2002 - 2006

Kenneth H. Johnson

2010 - 2014

Elaine McGrath

1955 - 1961

Melcher Stamberg

1977 - 1991

Gustave A. Johnson

2006 - 2008

Elaine McGrath



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