Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Join us on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 for FREE admission to Old Swedes. This includes a free tour of the Hendrickson House and Old Swedes Church. For more information, visit Smithsonian Magazine’s website.
Red Carpet Premiere
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, 5-8 PM, Old Swedes Historic Site
Walk the red carpet as we continue to celebrate our 320th anniversary! Join us for the premiere of three segments for The 302 on Me TV 2 that feature our site. Tickets include theater style food, trivia contests, music by Andy Lasher, and games for children and adults. Free parking is available on site. Your PayPal receipt is your ticket.
Ghosts in the Graveyard
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 & Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 6:30-8:00 PM
Join us for an evening tour of the 1638 Burial Ground and hear the stories of famous—and infamous—people buried here. Stories of graveyard hauntings were whispered in the parlors, taverns, and shops of 19th century Wilmington with hushed excitement – and some of these tales have never been refuted. Wander the paths through the burial grounds; meet some of the inhabitants who call these grounds their home; see if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing! The 1638 Burial Ground is the final resting place of more than 8,000 souls, with 1,200 gravestones of all shapes and sizes surrounding the 1698/99 church.
Tours 6:30-8:00 on the half-hour. Not suitable for children under age 12.
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New Sweden History Conference
Nov. 2, 2019, 8:30 AM, Lazaretto Ballroom
To celebrate Old Swedes Church’s 320th anniversary, this year’s New Sweden History Conference is exploring its life and legacy. Speakers this year are scholars of art history, architectural history, material culture, and religious history. After the talks, attendees will come to Old Swedes for a tour, refreshments, and a chance to learn even more about this rich history.
Time Travelers at Old Swedes
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1-3 p.m., Old Swedes Historic Site
Time Travelers is an annual, family friendly event every fall that allows guests to travel back in time at Old Swedes. This event is free of charge. It includes a scavenger hunt and arts and crafts activities. This event even also includes a history-themed costume contest — use your imagination and come dressed as your historic figure!
Sankta Lucia Celebration
Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 1:30 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).