Meetings are in the Story Room at the Library Center for the spring of 2017, at 6:30-9pm.
HOW DID OSSSM START AND WHEN
OSSSM started August 4, 1986, with Ulla and Keith Hood, Opal and Marvin Kruse, Viola and Hank Hageman, Per Ola Brinck, Iva and Gus Skoglund and Anne and Art Lindeman attending a dinner meeting. The idea was to establish an organization to preserve and maintain the cultural heritage of our ancestors. At first it was to be for Swedes and Swedish Americans but by September 1986, Christopher Olsson, The Director of the Swedish Counsel of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, attended the second meeting and suggested we include all Scandinavian countries, namely Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
At that meeting several more interested people came and the Ozark Scandinavian Society of Springfield, Missouri, was born. That is when lva Skoglund said that all Scandinavians are "AWESOME" and with a play on words the organization was nicknamed “OSSSM”. It was also decided to join the Swedish Council of America and OSSSM became the 12th organization to join SCA, which now has over 200 organizations. The Faroe Islands have since been added as a country to the OSSSM family of countries.
The October 1986 meeting was has a program of slides of Sweden and Norway presented by JoAnn and Charles Rich which started a tradition of Scandinavian related programs at OSSSM meetings. The OSSSM CREED was established as a guide to the purpose of the organization: "To enrich the lives of our members with the charm and beauty of the Scandinavian culture and to increase interest in and knowledge of our Scandinavian heritage, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland."
The first annual Julfest med Smörgåsbord was held in December 1986 at Luther Hall and in June 1987 OSSSM held a Midsommar event at Lake Springfield. These continue to be the annual events sponsored by OSSSM.
A Board of Directors was established in 1987 as the group continued to grow in numbers. In 1988 the group was represented on Public Television by Per Ola Brinck, Gus Skoglund, Ula Hood and Art Lindeman. The program was titled "Springfield Scene" and for 30 minutes members of OSSSM spoke of the purpose of OSSSM and discussed the upcoming celebration recognizing the 350th anniversary of Swedish immigration to America known as "New Sweden 88 " and discussed what OSSSM was doing to celebrate the 350th year anniversary of Swedish immigration to America.
OSSSM has had several meeting places over the years and has participated in programs at local Libraries and Schools as well as having visitors from Sweden, Kansas City and Lindsborg, Kansas as well as other locals around the world.
OSSSM has published a cook book titled "Scandinavian Memories" and it sold over 600 copies. Also a booklet titled 'OSSSM, where to find Scandinavian crafts, clubs, food, clothing etc. in the USA and Canada'.