Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE



Louise du Pont Crowninshield: Preservation Pioneer

Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm

Please join us and award-winning public historian Kim Burdick, who will present a slide-illustrated lecture exploring the life of Louise Crowninshield, the sister of Henry Francis du Pont, and a founding board member of Old Swedes Foundation. All are welcome to this free event. Free parking on site.

Raised at Winterthur, Louise du Pont Crowninshield and her brother became well-known collectors and scholars of Americana. While H.F. was forming what would later become Winterthur Museum, she was helping to lay the groundwork for what would become America’s historic preservation movement.Her work is recognized as having been of key importance to organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Society for the Preservation of Delaware Antiquities and the Salem Maritime Complex.

What is not as well known is her involvement with the Old Swedes Foundation - responsible for the care and maintenance of Old Swedes Church and later Historic Site - as a board member instrumental in its founding in the late 1940s and continued operation.

Curator of the historic Hale Byrnes House, Kim Burdick is a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Programs and of the College of Urban Affairs at the University of Delaware. She is the Board President of the George Washington Society; at-large Board Member of the Delaware Press Association, and former Delaware representative to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Burdick is the author of Revolutionary Delaware: Independence in the First State (2016).

This lecture is funded by the Delaware Humanities.


Festival at the Fort 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 Noon - 4 pm

Experience the rich historical heritage of the 7th Street Peninsula and the Colonial-era cultures of the Lenni Lenape, Swedes, Finns, Dutch and English. An afternoon of fun and learning for the whole family.

Details coming soon!


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).