“Power and Politics in New Sweden, 1638-1655,”
The Fifteenth Annual New Sweden History Conference
aturday, November 14, 2015, at
Lazaretto Ballroom in Essington, Pennsylvania (Essington is a Philadelphia suburb)
The conference will focus on the difficulties of governing a 17th-century North American colony using New Sweden’s four governors as examples.
Sponsors: The American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia; the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the Swedish Colonial Society, Philadelphia; Holy Trinity “Old Swedes” Foundation, Wilmington, Delaware; the New Sweden Centre, Wilmington; the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Wilmington; the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society, Wilmington; the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware; and Trinity Episcopal (“Old Swedes”) Church, Swedesboro, New Jersey.
Registration and introductions, 8:00 a.m.
Mark L. Thompson, University of Groningen, Keynote Presentation, “The Governors and the Governed: Negotiating Authority in Seventeenth-Century America”
Tytti Halonen, Independent Scholar, Helsinki, “Peter Holländer Ridder”
Kim-Eric Williams, Swedish Colonial Society, “Johan Printz: Tyrant or Tactician?”
Hans Norman, Uppsala University, emeritus, “The Life of Governor Johan Risingh: Success, Misfortunes, and Rehabilitation”
Jean R. Soderlund, Lehigh University, emerita, “Swedes and Finns in Lenape Country, 1638-1664”
Magdalena Naum, Lund University, moderator and commentator
Cost: $45 per person ($35 for teachers and students); $40 and $30 for those who register by October 16. Registration deadline: October 30.