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New Sweden History Conference

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The New Sweden History Conference (NSHC) explores the history of the New Sweden Colony (1638-1655) and its legacy in colonial America. As the only conference dedicated to New Sweden, the NSHC provides research and networking opportunities for a wide audience of professors, students, and avocational historians. The NSHC is a collaboration between the Swedish Colonial Society, the American Swedish Historical Museum, the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Old Swedes Historic Site, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the New Sweden Centre, Trinity Episcopal (Old Swedes) Church in Swedesboro, NJ, the New Sweden Alliance, and the University of Delaware.

This year’s topic, Contested Spaces: Colonial and Indigenous Concepts of Landscape Along the Delaware River Valley, explores the beliefs and practices behind the use of landscape and natural resources which varied among the groups that occupied the region along the Delaware River. The Swedes, Dutch, Lenape, British, Finns, Susquehannock, and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) all approached farming, mapping, property rights, and waterways differently over time. This year’s speakers will touch on these themes and more. In-person conference attendance includes admission to the museum with independent exploration time at the conclusion of the conference. 


Keynote: Mark Thompson Ph.D.
The Contest for the Delaware Valley: Allegiance, Identity, and Empire in the Seventeenth Century

Agnès Trouillet, Ph.D.
‘Wingehácking, choice land for planting or cultivating a favourite spot’ 
Using Countercartography to Reinstate Lenape Presence on Seventeenth-Century European maps of the Delaware River Valley’

Timothy Grieve-Carlson, Ph.D.
God is Not in the Stars:
Religion and Climate Change in the Seventeenth-Century Delaware Valley

Nicky Michael, Ph.D.
Lenape Ecology: How Lenape Honored the Earth


Conference Details:
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023
Location: Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia 

Time: In-person check-in opens at 9:30 am and the Zoom Webinar starts at 10:00 a.m. The conference will conclude at 3 pm
The in-person registration deadline is Friday, October 27th. 



In-Person: (registration closes at 4:00 p.m. Friday 11/3)
General Registration Fee: $60
Teachers/Students (with ID) Registration Fee: $30
(In-person attendance includes the conference, your choice of box lunch, and admission to the Museum of the American Revolution.)
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Virtual Zoom Webinar:
General Registration Fee: $30

Teachers/Students (with ID) $15
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