The Hedstroms and the Bethel Ship Saga


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By Henry C. Whyman. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992). Cloth, 183 pp.

Brothers Olof and Jonas Hedstrom played important roles in Swedish immigration history and in Swedish Methodism in America. Olof operated the Bethel Ship in New York harbor, a floating chapel that welcomed Swedish immigrants to America. He directed many Swedish immigrants to Victoria, Illinois, where his brother Jonas worked as a Swedish Methodist evangelist and pastor to the arriving immigrants.

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