The 17th annual New Sweden History Conference will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, at the Lazaretto Ballroom in Essington, PA.
This year’s New Sweden History Conference will explore the migration of Swedish colonists from the original landing point of Wilmington Delaware to the greater Delaware Valley and east coast region. Through material culture and the science of DNA, speakers will examine how members of the New Sweden Colony and subsequent generations were able to maintain their sense of culture and community while assimilating into the shifting political power structures around them.
Speakers include: Brian Crane: Language, Church, Material Culture and Identity among 18th-Century Swedish Descendent Communities in the Delaware Valley Region;
Catharine Dann Roeber: Working through the Middlemen: Swedes and their Neighbors in the 17th/early 18th century Delaware River Region; Laurie Fitzpatrick: After New Sweden, Three Early Transnational Actors: The Transformations of Sven Skute, Jonas Nilsson, and Morton Mortenson; Becky Griswold: DNA – The Invisible Possession: What We Learn from Genes Inherited from our New Sweden Ancestors; and Sean Moir: Discovering New Sweden.
Registration is $60, $35 for students and teachers with valid IDs, and $50 if registered on or before October 13th. Fees include breakfast and lunch. Registraion is due by Friday, October 30th. To register call (215) 389-1776 or click here.
The Lazaretto Ballroom is located at 99 Wanamaker Avenue, Essington, PA,