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People wait on the Stratford depot platform waiting for the train.

It takes a community to keep our history alive.

Your donation - whether it's cash, services or time - is essential to preserving and documenting the heritage, historical, and cultural aspects of those who settled in the greater Swede Bend area.

The Foundation of Iowa's Swede Bend Settlement is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations help us keep the museum open, building maintained, preserve artifacts and more. Those who give $20 or more annually, receive complimentary admission to the museum, special events and workshops during the given calendar year.

Monetary donations can be given at the museum or mailed to:

819 Goldsmith St.
PO Box 132
Stratford, IA 50249


When you sponsor a Swede Bend Foundation initiative or event, name and/or logo recognition is given based on the type of sponsorship.

  • Sponsor Internet Service and Wi-Fi for 1 Year - $240
  • Sponsor a Bible

In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations of supplies and services are always appreciated. We have current demand for the following supplies and services:


  • Paint
  • Dehumidifier


  • Carpentry services to finish the moulding and trim in the research room.
  • Carpentry work to create additional shelves in our collection storage vault.
  • Carpentry work around the front window.
  • Glass repair work on the front window.
  • Window and door replacement and installation.


Our volunteer team helps keep the museum and research center active, open and available to the community. We have many volunteer roles - both onsite and remote. Fill out the volunteer interest form to get started.

Ways to Volunteer

  • Serve on Board of Directors
  • Serve on Advisory Council
  • Staff the museum/research center
  • Assist with building projects - carpentry, painting, misc repairs
  • Assist at events
  • Assist with event preparation
  • Assist with genealogy/historical research
  • Assist with collections care
  • Assist with digitization projects
  • Assist with digital cataloging
  • And more!