Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE



Find Your Park Photo Contest

Sept. 3 thru Nov. 3

First State National Historical Park (NHP) invites photographers to submit entries for an inaugural park wide photo contest. The theme for this contest is “Finding Your Park at First State NHP!”

The park is looking for digital images that highlight the spectacular views, diversity of life, recreational opportunities and historic structures at any of First State NHP's seven sites:
Old Swedes Church
Beaver Valley
Fort Christina (Please note that this site will be closed for the duration of the contest period. Photos that have been previously taken here may be submitted as part of the contest.)
New Castle Court House Museum
The Green, Dover
John Dickinson Plantation
Ryves Holt House

For full details, see First State NHP's page.


Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturdays, October 13 & 20, 2018

During the 19th Century, stories of graveyard hauntings were whispered in the parlors, taverns and shops of Wilmington with hushed excitement. Some of these tales have never been successfully refuted. Join us for Ghosts in the Graveyard - see if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing at Old Swedes Church.

Reservations required. Hour-long tours begin on the half-hour.
Adults: $10, Students: $6. Not recommended for children under 12.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A ticket is required for children age 6 and older.

Purchase tickets here:
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Sojourning Strangers

Saturday, November 10, 2018

18th Annual New Sweden History Conference
This year's New Sweden History Conference explores the influential relationships between Swedes and Germans in the greater Delaware Valley and east coast region.
Ties between individuals and groups have traditionally been viewed through a religious lens, but the NSHC presentations will examine the collaboration occurring within cultural, political and social spheres as well..

Topics include: "German and Swedish Relations in Early Pennsylvania"; "Gustavus Hesselius and the Moravian Brotherhood"; "Pious Swedes, Provocative Germans and their Critics in the Early Modern Atlantic World"; "Four Swedish Priests and their German Colleagues"; "Joining Traditions: Cabinetmaking among Swedes and Germans in the Colonial Mid-Atlantic."

Register online - Early Bird registration by Oct. 13. Registration deadline is Oct. 30.
You may also register by calling (215) 389-1776.

For registration questions, please call the American Swedish Historical Museum at (215) 389-1776.

Conference sponsored by the New Sweden Alliance, American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Swedish Council of America.


Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Join us for a traditional celebration of the Feast Day of Sankta Lucia, a holiday that is still marked by light and music in Sweden today. The Delaware Swedish Colonial Society and Old Swedes Historic Site co-sponsor the annual December celebration of Sankta Lucia in the historic Old Swedes Church (1698-99).