IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, all Old Swedes events are subject to cancellation, rescheduling, or being held virtually.
July 16, Aug. 20, 2020, Old Swedes Historic Site
July – “Elves and Fairies and Tomten, oh my!” 1st – 3rd grade (July 16)
A tomton of fun! Learn about the magical little people from cultures around the world. This includes a West African fairy named Aziza, the Menehune of Hawai’i, the Makiawisug of the Native American Monegan culture, and the mischievous Swedish tomten. Listen to oral stories of these figures and see stick puppets acting out these tales. Each of these figures create or give something to humans—after listening, create your own things out of cardboard and/or recycled materials! Cook a dish from the culture of your choice from these stories. Next, make your own stick puppets and tell one of these stories to someone else. Finally, make a tomte out of recycled materials.
August – Meet Pippi Longstocking 1st – 3rd grade (Aug. 20)
Learn about the adventures of Sweden’s favorite storybook hero, Pippi Longstocking! Learn how Pippi came to be a great superhero – outwitting adults and adventuring with her friends, Tommy and Annika. Children will read excerpts from her chapter books, become a thing finder, design Pippi Power Socks, play Pippi games, and enjoy Pippi’s favorite cookies, pepparkakor.
Carrie Chapman Catt: Woman Crusader
Sept. 12, 2020, 7 p.m., Old Swedes Historic Site
Enjoy a performance at Old Swedes by Pat Jordan of the Heritage Theater Guild portraying Carrie Chapman Catt—a trailblazing woman’s suffrage advocate on the national stage, being a founder of the League of Women Voters and International Alliance of Women and president of National American Woman Suffrage Association. Registration required.
Ghosts in the Graveyard
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 & Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, Old Swedes Historic Site
Join us at Old Swedes Historic Site for an evening tour of the 1638 Burial Ground and hear the stories of famous—and infamous—people buried here. During the 19th century, stories about graveyard haunting were whispered in the parlors, taverns, and shops of Wilmington with hushed excitement. Some of these tales have never been refuted. Wander the paths through the burial grounds and see if you can solve the mystery of the late-night bell ringing in the churchyard. Meet some of the inhabitants who call these grounds their home. The 1638 Burial Ground is the final resting place of more than 8,000 souls and contains 1,200 gravestones of all shapes and sizes. The church is one of the oldest in the United States still in use as a house of worship.
Time Travelers: Women Who Paved the Way
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, 1-3 p.m., Old Swedes Historic Site
Learn and engage with the story of women’s suffrage, now celebrating its 100th year in the United States, through the narratives of suffragists from Wilmington, including African American suffragists Fannie Hopkins Hamilton, Blanche Williams Stubbs, and Mary Ann Shadd-Cary. Also engage with the stories of suffragists buried at Old Swedes, including Florence Bayard Hilles, Josephine White DeLacour, and Martha Derickson Bringhurst. Activities include seeking the stories of these prominent women and creating skits relating based on them, making your own posters advocating for change, modern Suffrage Rosettes, and Be the Change buttons, and participating in a parade promoting the causes you care about—share them on social media!
Free Event, Registration Required.
Sankta Lucia Celebration
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Old Swedes Historic Site
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 and Old Swedes Historic Site co-sponsor the annual December celebration of Sankta Lucia in the historic Old Swedes Church (1698-99).
Christmas at the Hendrickson House
Dec. 2 – Dec. 31, 2020, Wednesday through Saturday, Hendrickson House
Come to Old Swedes to see the Hendrickson House decked out for the holidays and find all of your favorite Swedish Christmas goods in our gift shop!