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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.

The main event will be Sunday, June 12, beginning with the Swedish Colonial Society’s Open House and Dedication of the Swedish Colonial Farmstead at Tinicum at its new location in Printz Park, Essington, Pa,

Through the generosity of a donation, a professional videotape of the Reunion and Dedication will be produced and it will include a generous audience sampling to include as many family and friends as possible.

At the Farmstead, there will be displays, cooking and blacksmith demonstrations and all buildings will be open to visit.

With a complete cast of living history re-enactors, we will recreate the 1647 Swedish wedding of our progenitors in a program open at no cost to the general public. Peter will be portrayed by professional living history actor and descendant Robert K. Rambo. Popular vocalist and “2015 Swedish American of the Year” Emily “IVA” Tepe will be Brita.

The keynote speakers at the Dedication are Ronald S. Beatty, author of the five-volume “Rambo Family Tree, 2nd edition” and Society Genealogist the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Forde Beatty who will have two topics, “Brita and the Women of New Sweden” and the Society’s DNA project.

Following the “wedding ceremony and talks” there will be the Swedish Colonial Farmstead at Tinicum Dedication – Rambo 375th Reunion Luncheon at the adjacent Corinthian Yacht Club under the auspices of the Swedish Colonial Society.  Following a social period for “cousins” to get acquainted and lunch, Society Historian the Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams will be the keynote speaker on “The Legacy of New Sweden.”

NOTE: Because of limited seating, lunch reservations at $65.00 per person must be received by June 1, 2022 (or sooner).

Buy the commemorative Rambo Family 375th Anniversary Tote Bag! (in person pick-up only)

Be a Sponsor for the Swedish Colonial Farmstead at Tinicum Dedication & Rambo Family 375th Reunion

Last year when we set prices for the “Rambo Family 375th Reunion” we continued The Swedish Colonial Society’s long standing policy of keeping prices low so as many as possible could participate. However, inflation has really impacted the costs of producing the event today.

If you are in a position that enables you to help us with a donation, we would appreciate you doing so be becoming 1) Patron – $100, 2) Sponsor – $75, 3) Booster – $50

You can mail a donation for one of these categories or in any amount made payable to:

Swedish Colonial Society
Linda Alexy, Treasurer
438 Regina St
Philadelphia PA 19116-2405
ATT: Rambo 375th

375th Rambo Family Reunion

For those interested, a “registration package” is available at a cost of $165.00 person. This includes transportation, entrance to all sites listed, a boxed lunch and beverage, the Rambo 375-Farmstead Luncheon, and a commemorative “Rambo Family 375th Reunion” t-shirt featuring the Rambo apple tree.

For credit card payment, please use the PayPal link for the “registration package,” luncheon, sponsorships, commemorative t-shirts and tickets. For payment by check, please download and fill out the registration form (Click here to download a PDF). 

(Early bird pricing has concluded – thanks to everyone who registered early!)

375th Rambo Family Reunion

The Rambo Reunion 10-12 June is approaching! If you have not registered, please do so asap. When you register online, it means you have paid the fee online! But registration is not complete until you DOWNLOAD the PDF, fill it out for shirt sizes, and your names. Then EMAIL the completed registration as noted. THERE ARE TWO PARTS to your registration, pay, download, and email or surface mail the form.

Please download and fill out the Registration Form for ALL PURCHASES OF COMPLETE PACKAGES. The Complete Package includes a commemorative t-shirt and we will need the desired size! (Click here to download a PDF)

Payment by check for all selections can be sent to: Swedish Colonial Society, c/o Linda Alexy, 438 Regina St., Philadelphia PA 19116-2405.


Friday, June 10, 2022: Welcome check-in and social gathering at the Doubletree Hotel-Downtown Wilmington followed by an evening tour of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s Copeland Maritime Center. It’s still too early to know if the Kalmar Nyckel will be at its dock in town, but we’re hoping it will be. If it is, an evening sail on the ship on the Christina River will take place at additional cost.

Saturday, June 11, 2022: Take a private coach early to South Philadelphia to tour the American Swedish Historical Museum followed by a tour of this nationally acclaimed Swedish museum. We then head to Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church where we’ll have a box lunch. We return to Wilmington to visit Holy Trinity “Old Swedes Church” and Hendrickson House Museum. Saturday evening dinner is on your own either at the hotel’s restaurant, or anywhere in the surrounding area you may want to try. All are welcome to attend TTS Reunion Dinner at the hotel.

Sunday, June 12: The Swedish Colonial Society’s Open House and Dedication of the Swedish Colonial Farmstead at its new location in Governor Printz Park with the recreated Peter Gunnarson Rambo and Brita Mattsdotter wedding ceremony. The Farmstead Dedication and Rambo 375th Reunion Luncheon at the adjacent Corinthian Yacht Club under the auspices of the Swedish Colonial Society (Limited seating, payment required by April 1, 2022 or sooner.)


  “Lādē” (aka Kona) admires the official “Rambo Family 375 Reunion” commemorative T-shirt 



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