New Sweden History Conference

Nov 14, 8:30am-3:30pm - Click on the Read More button to Register!
Johan Printz (1592-1663) became the first royal governor of New Sweden in 1642. The original painting is in Bottnaryd, Sweden at the parish Church of Sweden

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Society issues New Sweden 375th Jubilee Commemorative

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Governor Johan Printz monolith restoration

Restoration of the Governor Johan Printz 1643 -1653 granite monolith

This monolith was erected by the Swedish Colonial Society in 1923.

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New Sweden Landmarks

Click READ MORE to Get a List of New Sweden Landmark, in the Area.

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Forefather Members are Active Members who can prove descent from Swedish or Finnish colonists in the United States prior to the Treaty of Paris, marking the close of the Revolutionary War, in 1783.

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    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 Event
  • You will receive biannual copies of the Swedish Colonial Journal
  • You will meet others who share your interest in the early Swedes and Finns and Swedish/Finish 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

Active Membership Dues

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2October 17: Earth and Space 2015 & Saturday, November 14: 15th Annual New Sweden History Conference

Saturday, October 17: “Earth and Space 2015”.

The Embassy will be represented at a special event sponsored by New Sweden Centre on October 17. The Cabin to Capsule program will be held at the Junior Achievement Center, 522 S. Walnut Street, Wilmington DE. Frank Eld, log cabin builder from Idaho, will be demonstrating the construction of the early log cabins in the Delaware Valley. A representative of ILC Dover will bring one of the space suits they manufacture to talk about space travel. A log cabin diorama by Marnie King will be dedicated there in the New Sweden Centre’s in JA Finance

Saturday, November 14, 8:30am-3:30pm: New Sweden History Conference: Power & Politics in New Sweden 1638-1655

This year’s New Sweden History Conference will investigate the political powers involved in the New Sweden Colony. The conference will explore the mechanisms by which New Sweden’s governors maintained and exercised influence in their enduring struggle for control of the Delaware Valley and its access to the riches of North America. Magdalena Naum from Oulu University in Finland will moderate what is sure to be a fascinating analysis of political authority in the Delaware Valley during the 17th century. Speakers include Keynote Mark Thompson, Tytti Halonen, Kim-Eric Williams, Jean Soderlund, and Hans Norman. Registration, breakfast, and lunch costs $45 per person ($35 for students and teachers). Early bird registration by October 16, $40 ($30 for students and teachers). Registration deadline is Friday, October 30.

Register by phone or online.

2015 SCS Julmiddag

Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 12 noon- 4pm

The Swedish Colonial Society Requests the Pleasure of your Company for Julmiddag, Commemorating the 376th Anniversary of the Swedes and Finns’ First Christmas in America
Location: Corinthian Yacht Club Essington PA.
Reception 12 Noon with Luncheon at 1PM
Corinthian Buffet, Cash Bar

The Corinthian Yacht Club with its river views on the Delaware River, was founded in 1893 on Tinicum Island, PA.

Julmiddag at Corinthian Yacht Club

John Morton Monument

3The SCS is raising money to restore the John Morton Monument in Chester, PA.

John Morton_monument_signer of Declaration of Independence-2200 So far we have raised $2,200 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!

Gifts may be sent to: Gloria Dei Church C/O SCS Governor Michael D’Andrea, 916 Swanson Street Philadelphia PA 19147

The Peter S. Craig Collection

4CRAIG COLLECTION ONLINE: We have posted for sale the first digitized item from the Craig Collection, a package of all Peter Craig’s family group sheets for the first four generations of the Mounce Rambo branch of the Peter Gunnarsson Rambo family. We plan to add more such packages of family group sheets 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.

peter-craig-mg_02211-e1354069881536-115x115Dr. 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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**The official registration and financial information of The Swedish Colonial Society may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.