Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE



Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, October 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.

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Calling All Time Travelers!

Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 am - 3 pm

Calling all Time Travelers! Check out the Ghostly Goings-on at Old Swedes!
Come join the fun in a Family-friendly, FREE event Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 am 3 pm.
Junior Ranger Spooky Scavenger Hunt in the Cemetery: Meet some of our oldest residents!
Costume contest win a prize! 1:00- 2:00 pm in 3 categories:
World War I
18th century game play
Make your OWN 18th century game to take home!


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).