Swedish immigrants came to Southeast Iowa as early as 1845, establishing the first Swedish settlements in the Midwest. In the 1860's Swedish settlers drained the marshy soil in Henry County to create a large new area of fertile farmland. The village of Swedesburg grew at the center of this Swedish area.
Today the village of Swedesburg is the home of the Swedish American Museum, which preserves and celebrates this story of those settlers and their descendants. Volunteers at the museum prepared for us a traditional Swedish desert known as Ostkaka. Find the recipe, below.