Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE



Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, October 24, 2015

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. Hour-long tours begin on the half-hour.
Adults: $10, Students age 12-17: $6.
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Ghost Tour Tickets Oct. 17
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Ghost Tour Tickets Oct. 24
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Power & Politics in New Sweden, 1638-1655

Saturday, Nov. 14 - Lazaretto Ballroom, 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington, PA 19029.

The Fifteenth Annual New Sweden History Conference This year's conference will investigate the political powers involved in the New Sweden Colony - the mechanisms by which New Sweden's governors maintained and exercised influence in their enduring struggle for control of the Delaware Valley and its access to the riches of North America. Experts from Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands and the US; conference moderated by Magadalena Naum, Ph.D. from Oulu University, Finland.
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Discounted early bird registration by Oct. 16; registration deadline is Oct. 30. Questions? call the American Swedish Historical Museum: 215-389-1776.


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 doors of the church will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

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


A Swedish Christmas

Dec. 2-31, 2015

The Hendrickson House Museum, decorated for a Swedish Christmas, will be open for tours and holiday shopping, Wed.- Sat., Dec. 2-31. The Gift Shop always has plenty of Swedish Christmas ornaments, books and gift items. The museum and gift shop will also be open Sunday, Dec. 13 from Noon - 5:00 pm for those attending the Lucia Celebration.