History Grant Enables Public Programming on Swedesboro
(Swedesboro, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Lyman Barnes announced today that the Swedesboro Branch of the Gloucester County Library System has been awarded a Local History grant from the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
The funds, provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission, will allow the Swedesboro Library to offer three public programs focusing on the history of the area now known as Swedesboro.
“Having been a lifelong resident of Gloucester County, I am still intrigued by the rich history of our area,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. “According to 2010 census information, Gloucester County had the highest population growth in New Jersey from 2000 to 2010 at 13.2%. That growth equates to 33,615 new residents over the last ten years, and I am sure many of them are interested in the history of our region,” stated Director Damminger.
Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Liaison to the Gloucester County Library System, said that the historical programs are designed to help participants gain insight into early-American life for Swedish settlers.
Freeholder Barnes said, “This is going to be a wonderful series on the origin of one of our most historical boroughs. Whether you drive through it, shop in it or live in it, I do encourage everyone to come out and learn about the importance of Swedesboro.”
Monday, April 8th at 7pm: Dr. Kevin Brady of the American Institute for History Education will present a talk, “Sweden During the Time of Exploration”.
Thursday, May 23rd at 7pm: “Memories of Life in New Sweden”. Aleasa Hogate of the New Sweden Centre will perform as her ancestor, Elisabeth Dalbo, who lived in Raccoon (Swedesboro) in the 17th century.
Tuesday, October 22nd at 7pm: Dr. Kim-Eric Williams, Swedish Colonial Society Historian, will discuss “Culture, Heritage, and Genealogy of New Sweden Colonists”.
All programs are free and open to the public. The Swedesboro Branch is located at 1442 Kings Highway, Swedesboro. For more information call the library at 856-467-0111.
These programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of the State, and the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Gloucester County College.