Events

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, all Old Swedes events are subject to cancellation, rescheduling, or being held virtually.

Ghosts in the Graveyard

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Beginning Thursday, Oct. 15, Virtual

Join Old Swedes Historic Site for a tour of the 1638 Burial Ground and hear the stories of famous—and infamous—people buried on our grounds. 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 refuted. Take a virtual tour to Old Swedes to meet some of the many people who reside here, and see if you can figure out the source of mysterious late night bell ringing. The 1638 Burial Ground is the final resting place of more than 8,000 and contains 1,200 gravestones of all shapes and sizes. Dating back to 1698-1699, Old Swedes Church is one of the oldest active churches in the United States.

CANCELLED: Time Travelers: Women Who Paved the Way

CANCELLED

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!F

Saturday, December 12, 2020, Old Swedes Historic Site

Join Old Swedes for a festive open-air holiday market to load up on all of your favorite Swedish holiday goods and more! For safety reasons, there will be no Sankta Lucia performances this year, but you can still take a safe trip to Old Swedes to get in the holiday spirit. Enjoy our outdoor holiday market and take a SPECIAL ACCESS tour inside Old Swedes Church and the Hendrickson House. This event is pay as you wish, so be sure to stop by for our (socially distanced) festivities!

For the safety of our staff and visitors, face masks will be required at this event.

Rain date: Sunday, December 13.

Sankta Lucia Celebration

December 2021, 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

December 2021, 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!

Carrie Chapman Catt: Woman Crusader

Saturday, March 20, 2021, 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.