Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE

Volunteer at Old Swedes



Do you enjoy history and believe in preserving the past? Then you'll want to be part of our volunteer corps. Share your love of history and tell the story of the New Sweden Colony and the founding of a nation. Wonderful volunteers contribute their time and talents to help make Old Swedes Historic Site successful. There are opportunities in all areas of the museum operations, from enhancing the visitor experience, to carrying out projects behind the scenes.

Guest Services:

  • Docent
    Provide tours of Old Swedes Church, Hendrickson House and the Burial Grounds to the general public, groups, and schools.
  • Gift Shop
    Assist in gift shop and visitors center
  • Special Events
    Four Centuries Fête
    Santka Lucia Fest
    Family Fun Days - Colonial Kids Day and 19th Century Pastimes
    Fund-raising events

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Meeting new friends
  • Greeting interesting visitors
  • Utilizing skills, teaching them
  • Acquiring new skills
  • Providing community service
  • Representing our National Historic Landmark
  • Enrichment field trip opportunities
  • 10% Discount in the Old Swedes Museum Gift Shop


Internships are usually unpaid and are available in a variety of areas: collections, education, and exhibition. Interns are supervised by paid staff and will interact with volunteers, consultants, and the public. Staff is willing to work with students to design a project for university credit. Preferred applicants are those in a M.A. or B.A. program in Museum Studies, History, Art History or Education, with an interest in working in a historic site or a museum. Contact us to discuss mutually agreed upon project.

Apply to Volunteer

Old Swedes Foundation welcomes volunteers of all ages. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please email us at .