17th Annual New Sweden History Conference

17th Annual New Sweden History Conference

November 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lazaretto Ballroom
Tinicum Township, PA
Lauren Burnham, American Swedish Historical Museum

The New Sweden History Conference is a collaboration between the American Swedish Historical Museum, the Swedish Colonial Society, the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Old Swedes Historic Site, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at Penn, The New Sweden Centre, and Trinity Episcopal (Old Swedes) Church Swedesboro NJ and sponsored by the New Sweden Alliance. The goal of the conference is to explore the New Sweden Colony (1638-1655) in historical context and expand research and understanding of its social, economic, geographic, and political landscape. The annual conference has reached its 17th session and typically reaches an audience of over 100 academic scholars, students, teachers, and avocational historians.

The New Sweden History Conference Committee would like to officially invite submissions for academic papers on this year’s topic New Sweden Beyond the Delaware, 1638-1776. The 2017 theme will explore the migration of Swedish colonists from the original landing point of Wilmington Delaware to the greater Delaware Valley, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina regions. Areas of academic research may include the economic or religious reasons for expansion, the social impact of expansion on culture, the retention of cultural traditions over time, mapping out geographical movement patterns, archeological evidence of movement, or related expansion topics through 1776.

All works submitted will be reviewed by the Conference Committee. If selected, the author will present their research at the conference on November 4, 2017. Selected presenters will receive an honorarium, financial assistance with travel costs, and free admission to the full day conference.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All papers are publish to present. Conference presentations are 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes general Q&A. -Copies of submitted papers will be disseminated to attendees via conference packets.
  • We ask that abstracts be submitted by May 15, 2017. Up to four authors may be chosen and invited to submit full papers and present at the conference.
  • If chosen, full papers, bibliographies, and any other supplementary materials are due October 23, 2017.
  • The Conference will be held November 4, 2017 at the Lazaretto Ballroom in Essington PA.

Please submit all abstracts to: Lauren Burnham, Education & Public Programs Manager American Swedish Historical Museum via email at lburnham@americanswedish.org