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November 14 The Fifteenth Annual New Sweden History Conference


“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.


Conference Program

Registration and introductions, 8:00 a.m.

Morning Session

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?”

Afternoon Session

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.

Information:  Lauren Burnham at the American Swedish Historical Museum,, 215.389.1776, or register at