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Genealogy Session Online

November 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sour Milk in Sheep’s Wool
By Helen Lundström Erwin

Helen was born and raised in Helsingborg, Sweden, and lives in New York City. She loves the city’s rich multicultural community, especially its many cuisines.

Grounding her historical novels in scholarly research, she brings readers back in time by putting them in the minds of her characters. Intrigued by activity in day-to-day life that explains the thinking of the past, she sheds light on the people who fought for justice, and on those who held views we strongly disagree with today.
Helen is especially inspired by people who had the courage to challenge the beliefs they were raised to accept, thus breaking the cycle of racism, sexism and injustice.  Her novels feature historical revolutionaries like Harriet Tubman, Dr. James McCune Smith, and Henry Ward Beecher, – James’ Journey, as well as Elise Ottesen-Jensen, Frida Steenhof, and Emilie Rathou – Sour Milk in Sheep’s Wool.

Sour Milk in Sheep’s Wool is inspired by her own family history and genealogy research. Based on Helen’s great grandmother, an unwed mother, and about the women who fought for suffrage and women’s rights in Sweden.

About Sour Milk in Sheep’s Wool
Sweden, at the turn of the 20th century. Two women, an unwed mother and a suffragette, living lives so different from each other it’s as if they were separated by time, not just circumstance. They don’t know it, but destiny is pulling them toward each other and their fates are interlinked.

Anette spins lies to hide that she’s an unwed mother with many children. And with different fathers for most of them, a staggering truth she can barely admit even to herself. Without the ability to protect herself from unwanted pregnancies, she moves each time she gets pregnant, telling the same tale as always, she’s a widow.

Hanna closes her café for the night and opens the door to her activist friends, creating a space safe from curious husbands and disapproving eyes. Inspired by the pioneer temperance woman Emelie Rathou, who linked alcohol abuse with the oppression of women, they join forces with the rest of the nation and the world and begin the long fight for Women’s Suffrage.

Helen Lundström Erwin, author of the acclaimed James’ Journey, has created a well-researched, and riveting second historical novel. By introducing revolutionary women like Elise Ottesen-Jensen, the co-founder of International Planned Parenthood Federation, you’ll be transported back in time, joining our foremothers while they fight for reproductive justice and the right to vote.

Cost is free for the Swedish American Museum’s Genealogical Society members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations required and can be made via email to genealogy@samac.org or by calling 773.728.8111 for members. Non-members can use the PayPal button below.


November 27, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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