Hedstroms and the Bethel Ship Saga: Methodist Influence on Swedish Religious Life
by Henry C Whyman
Southern Illinois University Press, 1992
Cloth: 978-0-8093-1762-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-9098-4
Library of Congress Classification BX8495.H375W48 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 287.089397073


The first book-length biographical treatment of Olof Gustaf Hedstrom and his brother Jonas documents their work in spreading Methodism among Swedish immigrants to America. Henry C. Whyman discusses the Bethel Ship Saga, a ministry unique in American immigrant history, and examines the larger picture of the role of religion in nineteenth-century European immigration to the United States.

The Bethel Ship, a floating chapel in New York Harbor, was the vehicle and headquarters for an effective ministry to immigrants arriving in America. Olof Hedstrom, a Methodist minister serving in the Catskill Mountain area, was called to New York to organize and lead this endeavor.

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