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

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

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The Swedish Colonial Society

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Rambo Family 375th Reunion

June 10 – 12, 2022

Wilmington, De – Philadelphia & Tinicum, Pa

All Rambo, allied families and their friends are invited to the 375th Wedding Anniversary Rambo Family Reunion celebration of Peter Gunnarson Rambo and Brita Mattsdotter’s vows by attending some or all of the historic June 10-12, 2022 weekend filled with family and New Sweden history.

The Timen Stiddem Society will hold its 15th National Reunion during this historic weekend of joint activities.

A Facebook page “Rambo Family 375th Reunion” has been established to provide the latest available information during the months ahead.

Click here to learn more and register for events!

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The Swedish Colonial Society is having a sale on books. The more you buy, the more you save! 


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

  • Each single book is on sale for $10
  • The complete set of 9 books is $50
  • Includes free shipping

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

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

The New Sweden Colonial Farmstead at Tinicum

Gallery from the Opening Celebration in June 2021

Photo credits; BA Britt Apell and SP Sandra Pfaff


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.


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


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!

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


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


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