New Sweden History Conference (Philadelphia, PA)

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. 


The conference will take place November 4, 2023 at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.


Keynote Speaker: Mark Thompson, Ph.D.
Speakers: Nicky Michael, Ph.D., Agnès Trouillet, Ph.D., Timothy Grieve-Carlson, Ph.D.