History of SACHF

The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation (SACHF for short) has grown since 1959 from a small group collecting books in the California Lutheran College library to an independent center dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Scandinavian heritage and culture.


From our beginning, SACHF has focused on the cultures of the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway. We also affiliate with the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and recognize the Sami as a separate Scandinavian culture.

What We Do

While SACHF continues to collect Scandinavian-related books and periodicals like our predecessors, we have expanded our mission by working with local Scandinavian lodges and other organizations to host a wide variety of educational programs and activities year round. These include the Nordic Spirit Symposium, weekly Brown Bag Lunches, and the popular Scandinavian Festival.

Our center also functions as a museum for hundreds of documents and artifacts that tell the story of Scandinavian heritage and culture in America. The museum is open to the public and free for all to enjoy!

Still Curious?

For more information about the center, contact us:


(805) 241-1031