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Different groups from both sides of the Atlantic have since the 1930s come together to commemorate histories of Swedish settling in America. They have celebrated the founding of the New Sweden colony in the Delaware Valley (1638–1655) and the mid-nineteenth-century arrival of Swedish pioneers in the Mississippi Valley. This dissertation investigates this, still ongoing, practice in studies of the 1938 New Sweden Tercentenary and the 1948 Swedish Pioneer Centennial. It explores how histories of colonization, pioneering, and migration have been made functional and meaningful in these commemorations.

On a theoretical level, Border-Crossing Commemorations is a contribution to the understudied phenomenon of commemorations that cross borders, and engages in a critique of the national paradigm of commemoration research. It shows how heterogeneous groups of actors – with different interests, from different parts of the world – entangled historical representations of Swedish settling in America by charging it with meanings of settler colonialism, race, and modernity. These dimensions were coupled with contemporary social, political, and commercial interests as politicians, businessmen, and others claimed that Swedish settlers had founded civilization in North America.