Peter ‘Doc’ Ellertsen
- 2125 South Lincoln Avenue, Springfield, Illinois 62704-4327
- Telephone: (217) 793-2587. Email: edmund.ellertsen85 -at- gmail.com
- Ordinary Time: A Zen Lutheran Lectionary (https://ordinaryzenlutheran.com/), April 2019-present.
- “Songs from the Gallows: A Story from Early Springfield History,” Illinois Heritage, in press.
- “Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Acculturation in Immigrant Churches, 1848-1860,” Conference on Illinois History, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Oct. 7, 2020.
- “Cultural Hybridity, Anglo-American Hymns and European Chorales in a Pioneer Swedish Immigrant Singing School.” Conference on Illinois History, APML, Springfield, Oct. 5, 2017.
- “A Religious Community’s Response to Wartime Nativism: Swedish-American Lutherans in Rock Island at the Onset of World War I.” Illinois History Symposium, Illinois State Historical Society, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, April 20, 2017.
- “‘How Newness Enters the World’: Cultural Creolization in Swedish-American Hymnals Published at Augustana College, 1901–1925.” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 109 (Spring 2016), pp. 9-45.
- “Pastor Esbjorn’s Box Zither: Reinventing a Swedish Immigrant Tradition.” Dulcimer Players News Fall 2015, pp. 20+.
- “Welcome to Andersonville: Swedish-American Museum Helps Define a Diverse Neighborhood.” Illinois Heritage May-June 2015, pp. 15+.
- “Pastor Esbjorn’s Singing School: A Workshop for Founders’ Day, on the 155th Anniversary of the Augustana Lutheran Synod.” Jenny Lind Chapel, Andover, Illinois, April 25, 2015.
- “Dulcimer and Psalmodikon: Diverse Traditions.” Nordic-American Psalmodikonforbundet. 14.1 (Spring 2011). http://www.psalmodikon.com/Documents/2011-Spring.pdf.
- Introduction, The Missouri Harmony Songbook [with Karen Isabell]. Wings of Song edition. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 2005.
- “‘Untaught melody of grateful hearts’: Southern Appalachian Folk Hymnody in Illinois, 1800-1850.” Journal of Illinois History 5.4 (Winter 2002), pp. 258-82.
- Speaker, Road Scholars, Illinois Humanities Council. “Swing Low: Dwight Moody, an Original American Crossover Artist,” 2014; “Shape-Note Singing Schools on the Illinois Frontier,” and “Ballads, Bobby Burns and Fiddle Tunes,” 2001-2004.
- Retired, 2010-present. Independent scholar.
- Professor, English and mass communication, Benedictine University Springfield (formerly Springfield College in Illinois), 1993-2010.
- Administrative assistant to Patrick Quinn, Illinois State Treasurer, Springfield, 1991-1993.
- Political reporter and columnist, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, 1985-1991.
- Courthouse reporter, The Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illinois, 1984-1985.
- County government reporter, The Oak Ridger, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1975-1982.
- M.A., journalism, 1983. Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
- Ph.D., English, 1975. University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
- M.A., history, 1967. University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
- Studied Norwegian language and history, 1966. International Summer School, University of Oslo, Norway.
- B.A., history, 1964. Albion College, Albion, Michigan.
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