May 7, 2022 – When Swedes Go Bad

Saturday, May 7, 2022 9:30 a.m. MT 
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO

A Zoom option is also available.
Program:“When Swedes Go Bad: The Rise and Fall of Sven Peter Person”


Susan Warrington

Sven immigrated to the U.S. in 1898, when he was twenty-one years old, and settled in southern Minnesota near two siblings who had arrived there before him. In the ensuing decades, Sven married, raised a family, and worked in the local lumberyard in tiny Dunnell, Minnesota. He participated in several civic endeavors and was active in his church. By mid-March of 1929, however, Sven was confined to a cell in the state prison at Stillwater. How did a respected and well-liked Swedish immigrant become a convicted felon?

Videos and handouts available here.

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