Why found a Garbo society?
Greta Garbo´s (Gustavssons) mother, grandmother and several generations
back are from Lillsjödal / Drageryd, which are villages in the Högsby municipality.
The mother, Anna Lovisa Johansdotter, was born on 10th September 1872 in Lillsjödal. The father, Karl Alfred Gustafsson, was born on 11th May 1871 i Norra Sunhult in the parish
They were married in Stockholm on 8th May 1898 and had three children; Sven in 1898, Alva in 1903 and then Greta who was born on the night
of 18th September 1905 in the maternity ward “Södra BB” in Stockholm.
Greta Garbo is one of the five most internationally known Swedish
people of all times. At the museum in Högsby you can follow her career with the help of fantastic studio pictures, production props and many other items.
the tourist project under the management of the council had finished, the Garbo society was founded and subsequently took over the management of the Garbo exhibition.
The Garbo society was founded on the 3rd February 2001 and is an independent non-profit association which is open to anyone who is interested. The society has its seat in Högsby and takes care of the unique Garbo museum which is located
on Storgatan 26 in Högsby.
The society´s intention and purpose is to:
* Function as a meeting point for people who are interested in Garbo
* Collect and publish information about Greta Garbo
develop the Garbo museum in Högsby
* Generally widen the public´s interest for films as an expression of culture
* Create an intergenerational community
* establish a prize which is awarded as a reward for contributions made in
the memory of Greta Garbo
The members of the Garbo society
time the society encompasses about 160 persons who are located in Sweden but also in the United States, Germany, France, Spain and other countries.
Most of the Swedish members live in Högsby and in the close vicinity of Högsby but there are
also many Garbo interested people in the area of Stockholm and Göteborg.
A number of members, mostly from the vicinity of Stockholm,
purchased items which had belonged to Greta Garbo at the auction of her belongings which took place in Beverly Hills in the USA in December 2012. Some of these things have been donated to the Garbo society but we were even allowed to borrow others. On
account of this we have been permitted to call the exhibition a MUSEUM because the exhibited items were part of Greta Garbo´s personal belongings.