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ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP!
- As a member of the Swedish Colonial Society:
- You can learn about the early Swedes who landed in Wilmington, DE beginning in 1638
- You can help preserve the legacy of the Colonial Swedes in America
- You can help increase awareness and preservation of monuments at historic sites
- You can help commemorate historic and cultural events and accomplishments relating to the Swedes and Finns in America
- You can attend annual events such as the Annual Forefather Luncheon and meeting, Fall History Conference and Julmiddag Christmas
- You will receive biannual copies of the Swedish Colonial Journal including access to back issues
- You will meet others who share your interest in the early Swedes and Finns and Swedish/Finnish culture
- You can gain access to various collections including the Peter S. Craig Collection and the Ronald S. Beatty Collection
- Membership is available for everyone interested in the history of the New Sweden Colony and the early Swedes and Finns of America and learn more about your forefather ancestor and share your interest with others
- There are various types of membership such as active members, forefather members, and institutional membership-see Join Today at the top of the SCS website for details
- Click here for more information!
- Or, click here to download the Membership Application form!!
SAVE THE DATESpirits & History
2Friday, May 13, 7-10pm
The Old Swedes’ Churchyard enjoys the company of many notable “permanent” residents! The markers and monuments, not to mention the green space, require constant attention. Many of these are orphaned – in that we do not know the living ancestors who might be able to assist with the upkeep and preservation.
Please join us for this highly entertaining program that will support our historic preservation activities! Tickets will be available in March! Please check back!
Valedictory Celebration: A Living Heritage
Augustana Heritage Association, June 24-26. Click here for PDF event flyer!
RESTORATION PROJECTJohn Morton Monument
4The SCS is raising money to restore the John Morton Monument in Chester, PA. John Morton was a signer of the Declaration of Independence of Swedish/Finnish ancestry.
So far we have raised $2,750 toward our goal of $6,500. The goal amount was based on the estimate provided to restore the monument. We hope to have a ceremony when the monument is restored.
We appreciate all who have contributed to the goal. Please support this effort today!
Checks can be made out to the Swedish Colonial Society.
Donations should be sent to:
Gloria Dei Church
c/o Governor Michael R. D’Andrea
917 Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
For additional information see The Swedish Colonial Society Journal, Volume 5, Number 4, Spring 2015.
The Peter S. Craig Collection
5CRAIG COLLECTION ONLINE: If you are an SCS member, you can now order a custom package of family group sheets (FGSs) showing all the detail around your earliest Swedish colonial ancestors. You may order FGSs from a known line so you can study your family in detail (e.g., the Mounce Rambo package already posted), or FGSs for heads of family all bearing the same name so you can confirm which is a suspected ancestor. We plan to add more such packages of FGSs as well as other materials. It is our hope that these resources will facilitate the process by which members of The Swedish Colonial Society apply for forefather status as descendants of Swedish colonists who arrived in the thirteen colonies before the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783.
Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig (1928-2009) was The Swedish Colonial Society’s world-renowned historian and genealogist who specialized in 17th century Swedish and Finnish immigrants to the Delaware River Valley. He researched the colonial experience of the settlers and
their descendants into the late 18th century. He wrote over 100 articles and books on these settlers. As genealogist for the Society, he reviewed over 500 applications of members proving descent from a Swedish colonist who arrived in the thirteen colonies before the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783. His work papers and correspondence form the bulk of the Craig Collection.
Link to the online Craig Collection
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