Preserving the Legacy of the New Sweden Colony in America

The Swedish Colonial Society

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916 S. Swanson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-4332

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The Swedish Colonial Society

Enjoy the benefits of membership

ABSOLUTELY DON’T MISS!!

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 Event
  • 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

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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. The main log residence has already been reconstructed at the expense of The Swedish Colonial Society. Our plan is to outfit the main log cabin for visits by appointment, such as class visits, with an interactive exhibit of artifacts, period costumes, and visual aids depicting how the Swedish colonists brought their culture to America and interacted peacefully with the local Lenape tribe.

scscabins-drawingTo 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!

DNA Project Update by Rev. Cynthia Forde-Beaty 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.

https:www.familytreedna.com/groups

CRAIG 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!