August Strindberg honored by Society

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The Swedish–American Historical Society marked the 100th anniversary of the death of renowned Swedish author and playwright August Strindberg with two one-act plays at the society’s fall 2012 meeting on November 10th at Hamming Hall on the North Park University campus in Chicago.

North Park University theatre producer Dr. Chad Eric Bergman produced and directed the two plays, and provided an introduction and background for them. The first play that was performed, entitled The Stronger, was written by Strindberg.
The second play that the audience enjoyed was written by Dagny Juel of Norway, also entitled The Stronger. Chad Eric explained the influence and connection of Strindberg on the second play by Juel.

Board member Bill Beyer then presented the Carl Sandburg Medal, the Society’s highest honor, on long-time board member Bruce Karstadt.

As part of the dinner meeting (catered by North Park University), Society President Philip J. Anderson also provided an update on the Society to the attendees.

Among his many contributions to the Society and Swedish–America, Bruce directs the American–Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.