The Seventh Annual New Sweden History Conference will commemorate the tercentenary of Linnaeus's birth and focus on the role of Pehr Kalm (Linnaeus's "apostle" in America) in the development of the early North American scientific community and in the religious and ethnic history of southern New Jersey during the mid-18th century.
Kalm's home in America was the Swedish-Finnish community of Raccoon (now Swedesboro) in southern New Jersey, where he served as substitute pastor of Trinity Church and married the widow of the former pastor. The 2007 New Sweden History Conference will be presented at Trinity Episcopal (Old Swedes') Church, in Swedesboro, New Jersey.
The New Sweden History Conference is sponsored by Trinity Episcopal (Old Swedes') Church; the Swedish Colonial Society; the American Swedish Historical Museum; the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania; and the New Sweden Centre.
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