Sederholm 300 lecture
In 1722, after a series of events, Stockholm-born Erik Sederholm ended up in Helsinki with his wife and became a sea customs inspector. His son, Johan Sederholm, born in the same year, went on to become the wealthiest merchant in Helsinki. The stone building developed by Johan in 1757 still stands in the corner of the Senate Square, as the oldest building in the city.
To celebrate the 300-year anniversary of the Sederholm family, who have lived on in Helsinki to this day, the Helsinki City Museum is organising a bilingual lecture event in Finnish and Swedish on the family’s early days and life in 18th-century Helsinki. Entry to the event is free of charge.
16.00 Museum Director (deputy) Minna Sarantola-Weiss: How the Sederholm family settled in Helsinki and by the great square (in Finnish)
16.15 PhD Juha-Matti Granqvist: Johan Sederholm, his business affairs and his Helsinki (in Finnish)
17.00 PhD Sofia Gustafsson: Rundtur i 1700-talets Helsingfors: stadsbilden och stadsborna (in Swedish)
17.45 Coffee break, enjoying 18th-century-style pastries made by Kalevan Martat
18.15 Researcher Jere Jäppinen: Music and culture in 18th-century Helsinki (in Finnish)
Portrait of Johan Sederholm, detail. Emanuel Thelning, 1804.