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Visitor finds surprise at Swedish American Museum on its 40th anniversary

By Hannah Gebresilassie

Alan Hagstrom visited the Swedish American Museum on Tuesday and didn’t expect to find what he saw.

“I walk into the room of the display and lo and behold,” says Hagstrom. “There are my grandparents highlighted on the immigrant wall.”

Edward John and Hilda Marie Hagstrom are just two of his four grandparents featured on the Immigrant Wall of Honor, a golden brick-wall that honors immigrant ancestors at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville.

In this video, Swedish American Museum members speak about the importance of preserving the Swedish heritage. (Hannah Gebresilassie/MEDILL)

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Museum of Science and Industry lets Kids Get Touchy-Feely — For Free — in February

By Yunfei Zhao

Where in Chicago are kids actually encouraged to touch things?

The Museum of Science and Industry is inviting Chicago-area children ages 3-11 to do just that with free admission till the end of February.

“We play a large role in the community,” said spokeswoman Renee Mailhiot, noting that a Legos exhibit is coming in March. Mailhiot said they aimed to make sure more hands-on science knowledge is accessible to everyone.

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Controversy over Lucas Museum continues

by Constantina Kokenes

Plans to build the large Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront near McCormick Place have been controversial since filmmaker George Lucas decided to place his museum in Chicago last June. Though lawsuits have been filed, the museum was not a major issue in this month’s aldermanic campaigns. Candidates for alderman in the 4th Ward, where the museum would be built, vary in their response to the museums.

The candidates touched on the issue during their campaigns before Tuesday’s elections.

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