Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Postcard Friday: New Sweden Cemetery and Capitol

This is a view of the New Sweden Cemetery in the early days.
The smaller building on the right still exists and is located in the center of the New Sweden Cemetery. The image is probably from about 1900.
The postcard shows the community center known as the Capitol or Capitoleum (the large structure on the left) in New Sweden, ME.
This building served as church, school, and temporary shelter for the large numbers of Swedish immigrants arriving to start a new life. W. W. Thomas, Maine's commissioner of immigration who oversaw the establishment of the settlement, resided in small rooms on the first floor in the back of the building when he was in New Sweden to attend to business.
Built in the fall of 1870, the building stood for a little over 100 years before it burned. The contents were saved and an exact replica built to continue to serve as a museum.