Events

Third Thursdays – Programs for Summer Camps & Community Children

June 20, July 18, and August 15, Old Swedes Historic Site

Stop by Old Swedes on the third Thursday of the month this summer break and complete an arts and crafts activity and learn something new!

ScanFest

Sunday, September 1, 2019, NJ Vasa Park

Let the professionals do the driving and manage the logistics while you enjoy good company in route. Limited seats are available, so get your tickets today from the New Sweden Alliance – $75. Deadline: August 5.

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.

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 & Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019

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 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!

Holiday Legacy Exhibit & Art Sale

November 2019, LaFate Gallery more information to come!

Join Old Swedes at LaFate Gallery on 227 N Market St in Wilmington to see the art of Eunice LaFate. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the Old Swedes Foundation.

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).