Andover festival to show Jenny Lind memorabilia

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Gazebo in Andover Lake Park

A special collection of Jenny Lind memorabilia will have its official showing during Andover’s More Fun On 8l Festival on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3.

The Jenny Lind Chapel & Immigrant Museum recently received the materials, which include the world-famous Jenny Lind's portraits, photos and other items. Bill Dobslaw of South Bend, Ind., donated this collection, which had been displayed in restaurants he and his family owned.

The Swedish restaurants, named for the Swedish Nightingale, were called Jenny’s Smorgasbord. Many of the artifacts had been purchased from the New York Historical Museum.

Included in the collection are:

• A reproduction of a framed color portrait of a very young Jenny Lind in a bright red riding dress topped by a navy blue jacket,

• A framed reproduction of a color portrait of Miss Lind pictured in a

delicate white gown, standing in a European country village,

•Black-and-white framed photographs of a lithograph of the arrival of Jenny Lind in New York,

• A lithograph of P. T. Barnum introducing Miss Lind to Ossian Dodge,

the Boston vocalist,

• A silhouette rendering of Hans Christian Andersen and Jenny Lind lighting a Christmas tree in Berlin on New Year’s Eve in 1845,

• A program cover of Jenny Lind concert to be performed in English, Italian, Swedish and German, showing Jenny Lind with long curled hair in gown with lace bodice at Winter Garden Auditorium in New York, site of her concerts, and

• A Jenny Lind Staffordshire tea cup from England.

During her American tour in the 1850s, the pastor of a struggling new Swedish parish in Andover asked her for a donation to help construct the first church in what became a denomination called the Augustana Lutheran Church in America. She Lind contributed $1,500, and the Jenny Lind Chapel now bears her name.