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Celebration of New Jersey’s Swedish History

by Jun 25, 2020Events, News & Events

Janet Anderson (New Sweden Centre president) Pennsville’s Mayor Robert Mc Dade, and Aleasa Hogate (NSC VP/Education Director/SCS council member)

Tom Romansky photographer


Celebration of New Jersey’s  Swedish History

On Saturday, June 6th at 1:00 pm, a group of 20 gathered at the New Sweden Heritage Monument  in Riverview Beach Park  to  recognize  June 6 th as Swedens  National Day and  the 16th anniversary of the dedication of the monument. The group, members of the New Sweden  and Swedish Colonial Society along with family members and Mayor Robert Mc Dade expressed  gratitude to  the early  Swedes and Finns who  arrived in New Jersey not long after New Sweden Colony was founded  in 1638, just across the river in what is now Wilmington, Delaware.  They lived peacefully with the Native Lenape and  multicultural settlers including  Dutch and French Hugenots.

Mayor Mc Dade offered comments about the monument, complimenting Alease Hogate for her crucial role in working with local government to approve the monument, to fundraising, to selecting the rock, to overseeing the construction and dedication of the monument. A circle of friendship (with today’s social distancing) echoed the circle made when the monument was dedicated on June 6, 2004.

The two children Wesley and Julia Brabson pictured at the monument are descendants of the Sinnickson family. After the ceremony, some of the group moved into the park to enjoy a picnic lunch.

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Aleasa Hogate, Vice President
New Sweden Centre