Sandra Pfaff Receives Swedish Royal Honors.
H. M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has named Sandra Springer Pfaff, Chair of the American Swedish Historical Museum, a Knight
of the Royal Order of the Polar Star for her many years of devoted service and outstanding
accomplishments to the Swedish-American community and for personally contributing to the benefit of
Sweden. Ambassador of Sweden Gunnar Lund presented the award to Sandra Pfaff at the Embassy of
Sweden residence in Washington, D.C., on May 19 at a reception for family, friends, Swedish
dignitaries and Swedish -American organizations.
The Royal Order of the Polar Star (in Sweden Kunglia Nordstjärneorden) was founded in 1748 by King
Frederick and today the award is given to deserving non-Swedes who personally contribute to Sweden’s benefit.
Pfaff stated, “This honor would not have been possible without all the support of my family and
friends. Without a friend near I know very well I could not have accomplished all that I have.”
Sandra has devoted much of her time, talent and resources to her passion for the American Swedish
Historical Museum (the oldest Swedish Museum in the United States), and to preserving and
presenting history, culture and present-day topics connected with Sweden and the many Swedish
organizations. Sandra has been a tremendous friend of the American Swedish Historical Museum,
Swedish Colonial Society, Swedish Council of America and many other Swedish- American
organizations. She has chaired and co-chaired many events, such as: Royal visits, Raoul Wallenberg
Award dinners, many anniversaries and she has been a fantastic fundraiser for many
Sandra’s descendents arrived in the 1600s and built some of the first windmills and large schooners
in Southern New Jersey and Delaware.
Sandra and her husband, Fred, reside in Bryn Mawr, PA. She now is an Educational Consultant. She is
a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Penn’s Grant chapter of the National Society
Colonial Dames XVII Century, Pennsylvania Society of New England Women, The Colonial Clergy,
Delaware Swedish Colonial Society, Cape May Historical Society and is the Chair of the Board of the
American Swedish Historical Museum, and on the Boards of the Swedish Colonial Society, the Swedish
Council of America and several other Boards in the