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

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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
  • 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!!

Active Membership Dues

**See below
2019 Annual Forefathers Day

2The Swedish Colonial Society and The Delaware Swedish Colonial Society Request the pleasure of your company at the Forefathers Day Luncheon and Annual Meetings Commemorating the 381st Anniversary of the founding of the New Sweden Colony

Saturday April 6, 2019

at the
Lazaretto Ballroom, 99 Wanamaker Avenue, Essington, Pennsylvania 19029
Take Rt. 95 Exit 9 onto Rt. 420 East

Speaker: Wilhelm F. Moller, President, The Tinicum Township Historical Society
“Printz Park: History and Walk-about”
12:00 PM hors d’oeuvres & Cash Bar, 1:00 PM Buffet Luncheon & Program

Buffet: Salmon, Roast Beef, Grilled Chicken Pasta, Roasted Red Potatoes, Green Beans with Almonds, Salad and a variety of desserts

$50.00 per person
Please reserve the number of Luncheon(s) at $50 per person. Make checks payable to “SCS” for total amount and RSVP by March 23, 2019 to John Tepe, 906 Stuart Road, Wilmington DE 19807-2822
To support the educational/cultural programs of The Swedish Colonial Society and/or the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society with a fully tax deductible optional contribution, please enclose a separate check payable to the Society of your choice (“SCS” or “DSCS”). $100 donors will be recognized as Benefactors.

Please RSVP no later than March 23, 2019
Contact John Tepe at 302-656-3937 with any questions
Also, please mark your Calendars: Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 12:00 – 4:00 PM: Festival at the Fort with Landing Day Ceremony at Fort Christina at 3:00 PM


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!

Click here to download a PDF of the plans!

Swedish Colonial Society DNA Project


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.

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.