12th Annual New Sweden History Conference: The Forest Finns of Europe, New Sweden, and North America

Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145
United States

In the 12 year tradition of highlighting research on the Swedish colonial era in the Delaware Valley, this year's New Sweden History Conference focuses on the Forest Finns, and will take place at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, November 3 starting at 9 a.m.

The Forest Finns were an important Nordic cultural group that emigrated from Finland into Sweden and then to North America through the New Sweden colony (1638-1655) on the lower Delaware River. The conference will examine Forest Finn culture in Europe and North America, and the broader Finnish material culture legacy for the United States. Five scholars will discuss various aspects of this little discussed group and examine their impact on North America.

Presentations include:

  • Maud Wedin "The Evolution of Forest Finn Culture in Finland and Scandinavia in the 16th and 17th Centuries"
  • Ronald Hendrickson, "'On this shore a home established ... ': An Introduction to the Forest Finns in America." 
  • Jan Myhrvold, "Perspectives on Family Names and Migration before 1821: Studies on the Forest Finn Ethnicity in Dalarna and the Swedish-Norwegian Border Area"
  • Lu Ann De Cunzo, "The 'Cultures of Agriculture' in 17th-Century New Sweden"
  • Frank Eld, "Finnish Vernacular Log Structures in New Sweden and North America" 


  • $40 -- General public
  • $30 -- Students and teachers

Registration, continental breakfast and Swedish inspired lunch provided by the ASHM Auxiliary. Registration deadline is Monday, October 22nd. Please call (215) 389 - 1776 to register.

Event Type: 
Cultural Exchange
Cultural Awareness
International Exchange
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American (United States)