A first-generation Swedish American whose family came to the United States in 1906, Margaret Murray Thorell, Ph.D., has a personal interest in Swedish culture. She received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and has written frequently on Sweden. She combines extensive research with firsthand knowledge of the Swedish way of life.
Swedes of the Delaware Valleyby Margaret Murray Thorell Ph.D., Tracey Rae Beck
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The first Swedish settlers in America embarked from Gothenburg, Sweden, and sailed into Delaware Bay, arriving at what is now Wilmington. The fearless Swedish and Finnish settlers left their mark in the Delaware Valley and on many sites in the area, particularly its churches and famous log cabins. The photographs in Images of America: Swedes of the Delaware Valley depict the depth of Swedish American influence on the area, from early log cabins to John Morton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, to IKEA and the American Swedish Historical Museum. The museum, located in the heart of the Delaware Valley, is dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish American culture, heritage, and traditions.
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