Preserving the Legacy of the New Sweden Colony in America

The Swedish Colonial Society

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916 S. Swanson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-4332

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We have a very limited number of Rambo 375th Commemorative Tote Bags for sale post-reunion!

Bags are $25.00 each, including shipping and handling

Click on the button below to buy the commemorative Rambo Family 375th Anniversary Tote Bag!


Swedish Colonial Farmstead Rambo and Stiddem Family Reunions

June 10 – 12, 2022

We had a great weekend and now it is great memories of a once-in-a-lifetime event. Many thanks to all those who attended and those on the committee who made the event a great success!  In the weeks ahead we will be publishing photos from the event and work on the video has begun. Check here periodically.

The Annual Gathering had three speakers. Richard Steadham’s “The Legacy of Timen Stiddem”  covered the event-filled life of New Sweden’s barber-surgeon. Dr. Forde’s topic was “Brita and the Women of New Sweden“ and their role in the colony. Of special significance was the “Life and Legacy of Peter Gunnarsson Rambo” by the chronicler of the Rambo Family, Ronald S. Beatty, author of the “Rambo Family Tree, 2nd ed.”

The Rambo Family includes allied branches Bankston, Cock, and Mattson, and others, many of whom were represented at the Reunion.

Without a doubt, living history actor and researcher Robert K. Rambo’s first-person portrayal of Peter Gunnarson Rambo in “My Life in a Very Splendid Fruitful Land” is something folks will remember for a long time. See photo below.

The popular vocalist and 2015 Swedish American of the Year Emily Samson “IVA” Tepe appeared as Britta Mattsdotter.

The New Sweden Colonial Farmstead at Tinicum

Gallery from the Opening Celebration in June 2021

Photo credits; BA Britt Apell and SP Sandra Pfaff

The Swedish Colonial Society Welcomes New Members. No Swedish relative or ancestry is required – only an interest in the colonial history of our nation. Membership is available for all parties interested in the history of the New Sweden Colony and the early Swedes and Finns in America. Swedish heritage is not a requirement. The four classes of Active Membership and application fees are: Individuals ($45.00) Family (Parents and children under 18 -$52.50) Organization (Business or Institution Name $52.50) Lifetime ($600.00). We do not have automatic recurring payments, set up at this time.


Our Mission is to preserve and promote the history, genealogy and culture of the New Sweden Colony in America.

Our Purposes are:

  1. To collect, archive and publish materials
  2. To make colonial genealogical records broadly available
  3. To acknowledge members’ proven descent from colonial forefathers
  4. To encourage awareness and preservation of monuments at historic sites
  5. To celebrate historic and cultural events and accomplishments relating to the colonial Swedes and Finns in America

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The Swedish Colonial Society is having a sale on books. The more you buy, the more you save!


NEW PRICING for this 9-Volume, hardbound, library binding series, covering the years 1646-1786

  • Each single book is on sale for $10
  • The complete set of 9 books is $50
  • Includes free shipping

Checks should be made out to “Gloria Dei Church”.

Please mail checks to:

Swedish Colonial Society
916 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, PA 19147-4332

Purchase in person:

Gloria Dei Church
916 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, PA 19147-4332

Hours: 9-3, Tues-Thurs


DNA Project Update by Rev. Cynthia Forde-Beatty and Becky Griswold at Family Tree

So far, the SCS New Sweden DNA Project is going very well, even better than we expected!

For those of you who have tested at Ancestry DNA or 23andMe and want to transfer your results to Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) and join the SCS DNA Project, we have good news! Now it is FREE to transfer your DNA results to FTDNA. After transferring you can unlock all Family Finder Features,which include the Chromosome Browser, myOrigins and ancientOrigins for only $19. Please email Becky Griswold, for more information.

The Farmstead Project

There are big undertakings under way for Governor Printz Park in Essington PA.

Governor Printz Park in Essington, Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania was the site of the capital of the New Sweden colony beginning in 1643, and it has been recently renovated for its 375th anniversary.  The New Sweden Company is reconstructing a log farmstead in the Park, which, together with historical markers prepared by The Swedish Colonial Society, will serve as an education center hosted by the Tinicum Township Historical Society.

To contribute to the Farmstead or re-constructing a cabin, you can BUY-A-LOG for $100. Your name or organization’s name will be added to a plaque. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

Contributions can be sent to:

The Swedish Colonial Society
Attn: Linda Alexy, Treasurer
916 Swanson Street
Philadelphia PA 19147

If you would like to BUY-A-LOG online, please click on the PayPal button below. Thanks!

The Peter S. Craig Collection

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.


Renovated Farmstead

Photo by Britt Apell. 2019

As a member of the Swedish Colonial Society:

Hear what our happy members have to say about the Swedish Colonial Society!

Thank you for a great presentation of the SCS Journal, Winter Issue, VOLUME 5, excellent, informative articles, well-written!  With each issue I wonder how will you top this one, and you do.  One of my favorite items is the winter photo of the Farmstead. Great job!

—Rev. Cynthia Forde


WOW,  The SCS Journal only seems to get better and better. An exciting layout, new visuals, lots of information, and more info about Lars Lock than anyone ever knew.

—Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams


I am very proud of the SCS. The first cabin is only the beginning of the Swedish Cabins in Governor Printz Park. The rest will be coming soon. The Printzhof, located in Governor Printz Park in Essington, Pennsylvania, was the home of Johan Björnsson Printz, governor of New Sweden. In 1643, Johan Printz moved his capital from Fort Christina to Tinicum Island. At that time Fort Gothenburg was established in addition to Printz’s dwelling and headquarters.

—Michael D’Andrea, Honorary Governor, Swedish Colonial Society


The SCS is a wonderful path for keeping history alive. It provides a remarkable way to meet others with similar or related ancestors. Their Facebook page has interesting tidbits to enjoy and the fellowship is unprecedented. Lifetime membership is a thoughtful one of a kind bequest to a family member

—Judy Glowiak


The SCS resources available to New Sweden colony researchers are unmatched; Camaraderie with fellow members, distant cousins in many circumstances, an added bonus.

—Richard L. Steadham, President & Newsletter Editor, the Timen Stiddem Society


Your newsletter has been of interest to our family.  Thank you for the great work you are doing to keep the story and tradition alive.

— Kathleen


I have really enjoyed the literature you have sent out since I joined.

— Sandra