Preserving the Legacy of the New Sweden Colony in America

The Swedish Colonial Society

Hours: 9-3, Tues-Thurs

The SCS Registrar

The SCS Historian

Book Sales

Purchase online: link

Purchase in person:
916 S. Swanson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-4332

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The Swedish Colonial Society

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Home Swedes


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!


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

Hours: 9-3, Tues-Thurs


20th Annual New Sweden History Conference

Celebrating Home on the Delaware, including a lecture by our own Joe Matthews on the Swedish Farmstead at Tinicum. 

Saturday October 31

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Zoom meeting: Registrants receive a link to listen to the speakers, followed by a virtual panel discussion

The cost is $35 for members of the Swedish Colonial Society or other participating sponsors.  The non-member rate is $45.

To register use the Swedish Museum website:

Join Today!

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.


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

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.


Photo by Britt Apell. 2019

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

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

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