Preserving the Legacy of the New Sweden Colony in America

The Swedish Colonial Society

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Philadelphia, PA 19147-4332

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The Swedish Colonial Society

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DID YOU MISS OUR ANNUAL MEETING?

This year, our Annual Meeting included and excellent presentation from Susan McLellan Plaisted, Proprietress, Heart to Hearth Cookery.

Susan spoke about “The Swedish Hearth-Interpreting the Foodways of New Sweden” with attention to the design of the Swedish Colonial Farmstead’s hearth and use of its collection of artifacts.

I want to thank everyone who worked to develop our Webinar for our Annual Forefather Celebration.  In these difficult times, I could not have asked for a better planned event.  I thank all who participated for not only bringing some of our traditions to us, but for also providing a wonderful program. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed our Speaker.  Her passion for her work is inspiring.  I was also delighted to see the progress that has been made in building the Farmstead. I look forward to the development of some of the teaching opportunities that will evolve when we can all gather again at Printz Park.

I support our Governor John Tepe’s efforts to provide an event that could shared by all of our members!  I would love to hear from those who generally have not attended our Forefather Luncheons and hope we will have more opportunities, like this one,  to honor our shared history.

Beverly Walker

SCS Curator

SALE! SALE! SALE!

The Swedish Colonial Society is having a sale on books. The more you buy, the more you save! We have a new book coming out in 2020, too!

Buy the COLONIAL RECORDS OF SWEDISH CHURCHES IN PENNSYLVANIA series today!

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

  • Each single volume retails for $20.00 plus postage and handling*
  • Two or three volumes are $18.00 each plus postage and handling*
  • Four or more are $15 each plus postage and handling*

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

*Postage and handling is $5 per book.

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

215-389-1513
Hours: 9-3, Tues-Thurs

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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.

SWEDISH COLONIAL SOCIETY DNA PROJECT

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.

We are excited to announce that Becky Griswold will be speaking at the 2021 National Genealogical Society Conference on The DNA of New Sweden: Featuring Forefather Descendants Who Migrated to Virginia

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

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.

ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP!

Photo by Britt Apell. 2019

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You can learn about the early Swedes who landed in Wilmington, DE beginning in 1638

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You can help preserve the legacy of the Colonial Swedes in America

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You can help increase awareness and preservation of monuments at historic sites

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

— Sandra

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