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
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.