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.
We are pleased to announce that the SCS Council has approved ADDITIONAL certifications for those Forefather members who can prove lineage to more that one Forefather. To start the process, you can contact the Swedish Colonial Society Registrar at Registrar@ColonialSwedes.net.

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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
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  • 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!!

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SAVE THE DATE: NOV 10
18th Annual New Sweden History Conference

2New Sweden History Conference – Sojourning Strangers: Swedes and Germans in the Middle-Atlantic Colonies
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Although divided by language and congregations, Swedes and Germans were both ethnic minorities within the predominantly English-speaking colonies of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Speakers this year include Dr. Linda Rugg, professor of Scandinavian Literature at Berkeley University; Dr. A. Gregg Roeber, professor emeritus of early modern history at Penn State; Lisa Minardi, PhD candidate in American Civilization at the University of Delaware; and Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams, curator and archivist at the Mr. Airy Lutheran Seminary Archives. Registration for the conference includes breakfast and lunch: $60 per person ($35 for students and teachers). Early bird $50 registration is offered through October 12th. Registration deadline is Friday, November 2nd.

Location: German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

To sign up for this event, click here to register

Click here to download the event brochure (PDF)

Click here to download the event flier (PDF)

This annual Fall event is a collaborative effort between the Swedish Colonial Society, the American Swedish Historical Museum, the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society, the New Sweden Centre, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Old Swedes Historic Site, Trinity Episcopal Church in Swedesboro, NJ and the McNeil center for Early American Studies of the University of Pennsylvania.

EXCITING NEWS!
FARMSTEAD MOVING

3There are big undertakings under way for Governor Printz Park in Essington PA.

The New Sweden Company’s intention is to reconstruct and install the entire Farmstead, all 7 cabins, at Printz Park, as part of a New Sweden Theme Park. We will start with one cabin and proceed from there. The process, including the development of educational programs accompanying the Farmstead, will take time. The Swedish Colonial Society is supporting this project.

To contribute to the Farmstead or re-constructing a cabin, you can BUY-A-LOG for $100. Your name or organizations 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

Click here to read more!
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Click here to download a PDF of the plans!

Swedish Colonial Society DNA Project

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

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, beckygrizz@yahoo.com for more information.

For more information, click here!

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 full 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.

Click here for a list of the CHURCHES OF NEW SWEDEN!

**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.

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