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History Setting Sail: Celebrating Colonial Sweden in Art Deco America

  • 08 Jun 2022
  • 6:00 PM
  • Swedish American Museum or remotely by Zoom


  • Ticket sales will go offline 24 hours prior to the event. Remaining tickets, if any, will be available for purchase at the door. Masks are required while in the Museum.

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Painting of the Swedish ocean liner Kungsholm

Swedes have been sailing to America since 1638, bringing their language, cultural traditions, and handicraft. By the 1920s, the new frontier of Art Deco set new trends for consumer markets, and American audiences began developing a taste for Swedish design. A major factor in this trend was the Swedish ocean liner Kungsholm, one of the first ships to use the Art Deco style in her passenger quarters. Not only did her interiors prove wildly popular, they also influenced the development of land-based buildings, particularly the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia.

Photo of the John Ericsson Room at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia
The John Ericsson Room at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Join maritime historian Christian Roden for a discussion about the forgotten connections between this ship and the development of Swedish-American museums in the United States during the roaring twenties!

Photo of Christian RodenChristian Roden has worked in the museum, cultural heritage, and higher education sectors, with a particular focus on maritime history. He has designed and facilitated conferences, led tours, and consulted with several museums on rotating exhibits and permanent interpretive materials. He has also lectured to many groups and institutions throughout the United States. Christian currently works for the Advancement Office for Penn Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds degrees from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware and Washington & Lee University, and has also studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, and Ecole France Langue, Nice. He was a 2011-2012 Fulbright Research Fellow to France based at Association French Lines in Le Havre.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Swedish American Museum
5211 North Clark Street, Chicago

You may join us either in person or remotely by Zoom
Registration is $15.00 for in person and $10.00 for Zoom
Zoom links will be sent out the day before the event
Refreshments will be served

Masks must be worn in the Museum at all times except while eating
Presented by the Swedish American Museum and the Chicago Art Deco Society

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