Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE



Job Description - Visitor Services Opportunity


The Old Swedes Foundation seeks a visitor services representative/guide to offer tours of our unique historic property, Old Swedes Historic Site during our open season (March- December). Guides will be trained in leading tours and will learn the history of the site and the area.

Qualifications for this position include:
• Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies preferred
• an outgoing personality
• strong verbal communication skills
• stamina for tours
• ease with museum visitors of all ages and backgrounds
• an interest in local and national history, Swedish culture and customs
• a desire to share enthusiasm for the site and its history in a thoughtful way
• maturity, curiosity, dedication, initiative and reliability
Previous tour and/or retail experience a plus.

Scheduling: Guides are asked to commit to staffing at least one weekly shift of six hours during our open hours Wednesday through Saturday. Flexibility and multiple and/or varied days are an option.

Duties - Guides will:
• lead tours for groups and walk-in visitors through the first floor of the Hendrickson House and Old Swedes Church, and their associated collection items.
• highlight certain of our most prominent aspects of the church and Hendrickson House, including artifacts, stained glass windows, and the buildings’ histories.
• speak about and lead tours through the 1638 Burial Ground. Some guests explore the grounds in a self-guided aspect.
• fill out a simple guest log for each group or walk-in visitor who comes to the house during open hours. (This log is used to track visitation and not used to evaluate the guide.)
• sell admissions, memberships and museum shop items.
• guides will assist the executive director with craft activities for school groups and will be asked to work at some of the special events (approx. 5 per year) scheduled at Old Swedes.

To learn more about Old Swedes Historic Site, explore this website and the First State National Historical Park website.

To Apply: Send resume and letter of interest describing related experience or why Old Swedes Historic Site appeals to you to: Rebecca L. Wilson, Executive Director, 606 N. Church St. Wilmington, DE 19801 or email: admin@oldswedes.org.


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 and 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.

Tickets will be available on this site prior to the 2018 Ghost Tours.


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).