Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE

Events

 

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Colonists' Day

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Celebrate the 377th founding of the New Sweden colony with a day of festivities featuring colonial period artisan demonstrations; music, exhibitors, Swedish Food, Crafts and Games, activities for all ages at three different sites along the 7th Street Peninsula.

Free admission; onsite free parking. Refreshments will be available Noon - 3:00 pm.

3 Venues
Old Swedes Historic Site, 606 N. Church Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Fort Christina Park, 1122 East Seventh Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard, 1124 East Seventh Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, 1-5 pm

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Soldiers, Belles & Statesmen

A Walking Tour of the Old Swedes Church Burial Ground

Saturday, May 2 - 10 am & 11:30 am

Hear the stories of famous - and infamous - Delawareans in this guided tour of the churchyard. Members $5; non-members $10.

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Archaeology In & Around our Historic Church

Sunday, May 17, 3 pm

A lecture presenting research and recent fieldwork of University of Delaware Anthropology students. Free for members; $12 non-members.

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Celebrating Sibelius: Tapiola Chamber Choir

Tuesday, June 23, 7 pm

Join us for a concert in honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finland's best-known composer, Jean Sibelius. Performing in Old Swedes Church will be a Finnish choir on tour in America.

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Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, October 17 and October 24, 2015; 6:30pm - 9:00pm

During the 19th Century, stories about graveyard hauntings were whispered in the parlors, taverns and shops of Wilmington with hushed excitement. Some of these tales have never been successfully refuted. Join us for Ghosts in the Graveyard and see if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing at Old Swedes Church.

Reservations required
Call 302-652-5629, email programs@oldswedes.org

Hour-long tours begin on the half-hour.
Adults: $10, Students age 12-17: $6.

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A Swedish Christmas

December 2-19, 23 & 30 2015; 10:00am - 4:00pm


Visit the Hendrickson House Wednesday through Saturday to experience Christmas Swedish style with traditional decorations and tours that focus on how the settlers of New Sweden would have celebrated the holidays.
Closed: December 24, 25, 26.

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Sankta Lucia Celebration

Sunday, December 13, 2015; 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm

Join us for a traditional celebration of the Feast Day of Sankta Lucia, a holiday that is still marked by light and music in Sweden today. The Delaware Swedish Colonial Society sponsors the annual December celebration of Sankta Lucia at Old Swedes Church. The Hendrickson House Museum, decorated for a Swedish Christmas will be open for tours and shopping from Noon - 5:00 pm. The doors of the church will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets are $10 Adults, $5 Children and available online (click here).

Questions?
Contact Ingrid McAllister - 302-378-2661 (home)or 302-373-0736 (cell) or email: immcallist@aol.com