Kim-Eric Williams, received the Royal Order of the Polar Star, First Class, at the Residence of the Ambassador of Sweden in Washington, D.C., on March 17.
On behalf of King Carl XVI Gustaf, the certificate and medal were presented by Chargé d'Affaires Caroline Vicini and Mrs. Eva Hafström, wife of Jonas Hafström, Sweden's Ambassador to the United States.
Williams was recognized for his work as Archivist and four-time Governor of the Swedish Colonial Society, as Swedish Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and Translator of the multi-volume Gloria Dei Records Project. He serves as Archivist at the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia and is the editor of Archives Advocate. He is an 11th generation descendant of three 17th century Swedes.
The Order of the Polar Star is awarded by the King to non-Swedish citizens only for distinguished service to the country. It was established by King Frederick I in 1748.