Membership is available for everyone interested in the history of the New Sweden Colony

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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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Society issues New Sweden 375th Jubilee Commemorative

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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
  • 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!!

Active Membership Dues

**See below
Valedictory Celebration: A Living Heritage

2June 24-26
Augustana Heritage Association, June 24-26. Click here for PDF event flyer!


  • THE REV. DR. JONAS JONSONBishop Emeritus, Strängnäs, Sweden
  • THE REV. DR. MARIA ERLING, Professor of Church History Gettysburg Theological Seminary
  • EMILY SAMSON TEPE (IVA), Royal Opera Stockholm, New York Public Theatre, World Cafe Live (Philadelphia)

  • SAVE THE DATE: SCS 2016 Julmiddag

    The SCS 2016 Julmiddag is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th from 12-4 PM at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Details will be posted as available.

    John 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 $4,850 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.

    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

    Please consider making a contribution to our educational programs.

    **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.