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Featured in prior years:
Annie C Humphrey (ASHM)
"Old Norse Mythology and Cosmology" and "Old Norse Religion in the Sagas": on the philosophical world-view of the pre-Christian Norse as indicated by medieval sources and archaeology, and how practitioners honored and petitioned their deceased and gods in early Iceland. Annie C. Humphrey is an education assistant at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. She majored in history and medieval studies at Rutgers University and earned her MA in medieval studies from the University of Connecticut. Annie began Viking era re-enactment and combat demonstration in 2007. She has previously served as a program volunteer at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA and has lectured at a variety of universities on Old Norse language and folklore. Annie has a passion for educating the public about Norse, Irish, and medieval topics.
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With us in "2014"
Peter Kalm and the Botany of Swedish Empire in the 18th Century
Program I: Peter Kalm and his American Exploration for Swedish Royal Academy Pehr (Peter) Kalm was born in Angemanland, Sweden in 1716 and died in Turku, Finland in 1779. On his many Horticultural journeys of discovery he visited North America and befriended Benjamin Franklin and John Bartram. His book, Travels in North America became a standard reference on the botanical riches of the colonies. His is the first description of Niagara Falls to be written by a trained scientist. His association with Carl Linnaeus and his keen sense of discovery credits him with the introduction of more than 90 species to the trade in botanicals. The plant, Kalmia, or Mountain Laurel was named after him. Join him on this first person talk expounding on the rigors of travel, exploration, the ascendency of the Swedes and chances of success during the Age of Enlightenment. Program II: The Botany of Swedish Empire in the 18th Century Continue the journey with Pehr (Peter) Kalm as he includes the world of illustrious Botanists and the interconnectedness of empires in the 18th Century. Meet his friends Swedish Carl Linneaus, Father of Scientific Nomenclature, Dutch Johan Gronovius, English Phillip Miller, keeper of the famed Physic Garden and Sir Hans Sloane whose collections would become the Gardens at Kew. Along the way, discover how Sweden led the world in the knowledge and practice of botanical collecting at the start of the age of man's return to nature. Kirk R. Brown: Tours the country in the guise of many American Botanists, Landscape Designers and Scientists including John Bartram and Frederick Law Olmsted. Serving as Vice President of Garden Writers Association, his travels take him to some of the world's most impressive gardens and historic landscapes. He lectures as himself on the art and practice of landscape design to Garden Clubs, Arboreta, Green Industry Associations, Historical Societies, Botanic Gardens and Professional Clubs across the country. His travels are illustrated at www.JohnBartramLives.com and www.OlmstedLives.me!
6211 Vista Terrace
Orefield PA 18069 - USA
Phone: (610)391-0291
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With us in "2014"
Scandinavian Genealogy
Kristina Johnson ODoherty graduated from Millersville State College (University) with a degree in Elementary Education and earned a Masters degree in Counseling from Villanova University. She is a graduate of The FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. In 2003 Kristina retired from the FBI after 23 years of service as a Special Agent. She currently volunteers at the American Swedish Historical Museum and for the Emergency Aid of PA Foundation. Kristina lives in Blue Bell, PA with her husband, John.
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With us in "2014"
Geneaology
Lecture by Kristina O'Doherty
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With us in "2013"
Scandinavian Genealogy
"Genealogy" William B. Fagerstrom Bill is amateur genealogist, doing genealogy for the past 15 years. He belongs to eleven Genealogical and History Organizations and is the Secretary and Past President of the Genealogy Club of the American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia. Bill authored and lectured on various aspects of genealogy.
Wilmington DE - USA
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With us in "2013"
Scandinavian Genealogy
Bill Fagerstrom: Is an amateur genealogist He has been doing genealogy for 25 years Is the current Secretary & the past President of the Swedish Genealogy Club of the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, PA He has written handout "Beginning Scandinavian Genealogy" which all in attendance will get and will be posted later to the Scanfest website He has written several other guides, a descriptive family history on his mothers branch and a short Fagerstrom family history He belongs to eight genealogy & history Organizations
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With us in "2013"
History of Folk Dress
Inger Hanright is Cultural Director, United States and Canada, for the Vasa Order of America. For more on Swedish and Scandinavian customs and traditions, visit her web site.
47 Scandia Rd
Hackettstown NJ 07840 - USA
Phone: [(973) 347-1933]
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With us in "2011"
Ole Olesen - Norwegian Immigrant
Ole Olesen,aka Roger Hellesvig, has been sharing his story about 19th Century Norwegian Immigration for the past 15 years. Join the adventure as Ole leaves his Norwegian homeland and travels to America. The audience will help Ole decide what to pack in his trunk as he shares about his Norwegian traditions. To find out more about Ole go to www.19thcenturyprogams.com.
With us in "2011"
Marge Murray Thorell
* Karin Larsson: From Dalarna to IKEA (How Karin Larsson the wife of Sweden's most famous artist gave IKEA its ideas for easy, beautiful living. Karin Larsson is the most famous person you have never heard of) * Swedes: from Maryland to Maine (upcoming bookt looks at the influence Sweden and Swedish Americans have had on the the east coast of the United States)
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With us in "2010"
Scandinavian Fiction
Judith Lindbergh, Author of The Thrall's Tale:
Three women confront survival in the first Viking Age settlements in 10th century Greenland.
With us in "2008"
Aleasa Hogate
EXPERIENCE NEW SWEDEN Video and Lecture about the first permanent European settlement established by Sweden in 1638 in the Delaware River Valley;
BOATS AND CHURCH-BOATS a 15 minute power point on my research about small boats of Scandinavia and America
94 Sparks Ave
Pennsville NJ 08070 -
Phone: (856)678-5511
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With us in "2007"
Danish Immigration & how it relates to Genealogy
Agnes Hagmueller, Professional genealogist, involved with research for over 16 years. Founding member of DANE- Danish Archive North East, a non profit organization. She will talk on researching Danish Genealogy.
855 New Durham Rd
Edison NJ 08817 - USA
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With us in "2006"
Growing up in Occupied Norway during World War II
Ellin Mackiewicz will give two talks on growing up during World War II in Norway. It is a first hand, facinating account of daily life during the occupation.
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With us in "2006"
Marilyn Johansen Vondra
Lecture on Edvard Grieg, Norway's greatest composer. In order to sing Edvard Grieg songs in their original language, Marilyn has studied the Norwegian language. She will present a brief talk devoted to Edvard Grieg, his role in promoting Norwegian Independence, his decision to elevate Norwegian music as well as the life he led in Norway.
New York NY -
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With us in "2005"