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

Enjoy the benefits of membership

The Swedish Colonial Society

Enjoy the benefits of membership

Home Swedes


The Swedish Colonial Society is having their annual Holiday Julmiddag
Saturday, December 21st, 2019

Lunch will be served with a cash bar.
The event is open to Swedish Colonial Society members and their guests.

Location: The Corinthian Yacht Club
300 W. 2nd Street, Essington, PA 19029

Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $50.00 per person, Checks should be made out to the Swedish Colonial Society and sent to:

Linda Alexy, Treasurer SCS
438 Regina Street
Philadelphia PA 19116-2405

Any questions, please email Linda Alexy at

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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.


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!

Just a quick thanks for producing such wonderful website. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the amount of time, skill and craftsmanship that wen’t into this. The detail is incredible, every corner I peak into I find something that surprises me. And the documentation, it’s extremely well written and very easy to follow. Well done.

- Ed


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- Frank C.


I would just like to say – Big Thumbs Up for the clean, well designed website. Great support too by the look of it – although I didn’t need any help – the theme is so well designed and I RARELY give out praise for themes!
Thanks and well done.

- Sony