Best of Times Series to Feature History Presentation on Swedish Immigration to the Greater Jamestown Area


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Lutheran’s Edgewood Communities will host a special summer edition of their award-winning Best of Times Seminar Series on Thursday, July 13. The event will feature a history-themed presentation by Dr. Julie Lindblom Boozer, Ph.D. highlighting Swedish immigration to the Jamestown area. The event will also feature a brief history and program preview of this year’s Scandinavian Folk Festival as well as Swedish inspired cookies prepared by Ecklof Bakery.

“Swedish heritage is engrained in our culture here,” said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., public relations and marketing director for Lutheran. “We often ask ourselves why certain groups of people come to America, and specifically what attracts them to our small corner of the world. This is a great opportunity to learn about Swedish immigrants and the cultural impact that group of people has had on our community,” said Rodriguez. Attendees will learn where in the Jamestown area Swedish immigrants settled, what brought them to Jamestown, and what support systems they had when they arrived.

Dr. Julie Lindblom Boozer, Ph.D., is a graduate of the John Hopkins School of Nursing, University of Rochester, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. While growing up in the Jamestown area, she attended Jamestown Public Schools and Jamestown Community College.

On weekends and summers, her family lived in a Swedish log home built in the 1870s by her grandparents when they first immigrated from Sweden to Scandia, Pennsylvania. While her primary background is in the medical field, Swedish history is a passion that spills into her personal life.

“I have authored a book called ‘An Olson Viking Saga’ which discusses Swedish immigration to America and also my family’s settlement in the Scandia area,” said Boozer. Boozer along with her husband, Dr. Robert Boozer, were founding members of the Elk Township Historical Society of which she was elected as the first president in 2003. The historical society was formed to preserve the heritage of the area’s farming families and their 12 one-room schools to enhance the quality of life in the Scandia community. Boozer also serves on the planning committee for the Scandinavian Folk Festival as their lecture coordinator.

To RSVP for the Best of Times program, please call 716-720-9122 or visit to sign up online. The event will be held inside Christ Chapel on the Lutheran campus at 715 Falconer Street. The program is free and open to the public.

The Edgewood Communities senior independent living is a part of Lutheran, a Christian organization with a comprehensive continuum of community, residential, and home based supportive services that help people of all ages gain or retain independence.