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Press release submitted by American Scandinavian Association at Augustana



375th Anniversary of the New Sweden Colony

The American Scandinavian Association at Augustana is hosting a live webcast May11 to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the New Sweden Colony. In 1638 the tall ship, Kalmar Nyckel, arrived on the Delaware coast with a crew of Swedes and Finns who then established the New Sweden Colony. The local commemoration will consist of a live webcast of the 375th Jubilee dinner in Wilmington, Delaware. It will be shown in Room 102 in Hanson Hall of Science, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with the King of Sweden, H.M. Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and Finland's Speaker of Parliament, Eero Heinäluomo and his spouse Satu Sitonen-Heinäluomo scheduled to arrive at 7:00 p.m. concluding about 10:00 p.m. The local event will be a casual "come and go" with cookies and coffee available in the foyer. A free will donation for the refreshments will be welcomed. ASA extends a special invitation to descendants of the New Sweden Colony and members of the Swedish Colonial Society. For more information please call (309) 794-7204 or e-mail jillseaholm@augustana.edu.

















 




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1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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