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Talk on Finns and Swedes in early NJ, Thurs November 6

October 22, 2014
Peter Kalm. Reis door Noord Amerika.  Utrecht: J. van Schoonhoven en Comp. en G. van den Brink Janz., 1772.

Peter Kalm. Reis door Noord Amerika. Utrecht: J. van Schoonhoven en Comp. en G. van den Brink Janz., 1772.

Special Collections and University Archives is delighted to present a talk by Dr. Lorraine E. Williams on “Finns and Swedes and the Delaware Valley's Earliest History” on Thursday November 6th.

Although the New Sweden colony on the Delaware River only lasted from 1638 to 1655, the legacy of the early Finnish and Swedish settlers continues to endure and fascinate. Participants in the New Sweden Company venture included Dutch and Finnish nationals, as well as soldiers and petty criminals.  Because the Finns and Swedes had lived in the heavily wooded northern forests, much of what they encountered in North America was familiar.

Dr. Lorraine E. Williams, the author of The New Sweden Colony (1988) is an archaeologist and former curator of archaeology at the New Jersey State Museum. Dr. Williams retired in 2009 after thirty-five years as New Jersey’s State Archaeologist. Her presentation will be held on Thursday, November 6th  at 4:00 p.m. in the Remigio U. Pane Room, on the first floor of the Archibald S. Alexander Library in New Brunswick.

This presentation is part of the celebration of the 350th anniversary of New Jersey, and one of a series of programs highlighting Special Collections and University Archives fall 2014 exhibition, New Jersey Before the Revolution: Land and People.  The exhibition features rare books, maps, and illustrations of New Sweden as well as numerous artifacts kindly loaned by the New Sweden Farmstead. For more information on this exhibition, please see: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/news/new-jersey-revolution-land-and-peo...

Registration for this event is not required. For more information or assistance with parking, please contact Fernanda H. Perrone, exhibitions coordinator, at 848-932-6154 or hperrone@rulmail.rutgers.edu.