Events

Volunteer Open Houses

Old Swedes Historic Site is looking to grow its team of volunteers! Join us on Saturday, March 2 or Monday, April 15 from 10 am -12 noon for an informative open house for individuals interested in volunteering. Come look around the site, meet our team, and learn more about how you can get involved with this fascinating piece of history.
Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at least 3 days in advance by calling (302) 652-5629 or emailing Jane Conlon at programs@oldswedes.org.

Festival at the Fort

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 12-4 p.m., Old Swedes Historic Site & Fort Christina Park

Come celebrate the arrival of spring and colonial life in the Delaware Valley with Festival at the Fort. This annual event takes place at Fort Christina Park, the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Copeland Maritime Center, and Old Swedes Historic Site. With tours of the Kalmar Nyckel and other historic sites, children’s games, food trucks, live music, River Taxi rides, and historical reenactments, there is something for everyone!

Vendors and food trucks will be present at all sites included in the festival, and a shuttle bus will provide transportation between locations.

Connections: Sweden, America, Philippines

Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 3 p.m., Old Swedes Historic Site

Join the Old Swedes Foundation, People to People Delaware Chapter, and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation for a talk by author John Eric Lundin. His book “Across the Brooklyn Bridge” explores his grandfather’s life from his youth in Sweden, to Egypt, England, Philadelphia, and finally Brooklyn in a Swedish-Filipino love story.

Based on family diaries dating from 1941-1947 in Brooklyn and the Pacific during WWII, the program appeals to broad interests and backgrounds. The author’s Swedish and Filipino familial roots and the emotional reuniting of Lundin’s parents after WWII bring forth a personal and heartwarming narrative.

Tours of the Kalmar Nyckel’s Copeland Maritime Center will be available from 2-2:45 p.m., with the talk taking place at 3:00 p.m. at Old Swedes Church.

Tours of the Copeland Maritime Center will cost $5 per person at the door. Admission for the talk at Old Swedes Church is free.

Celebrating the Centuries at Old Swedes

Saturday, June 1, 2019 –10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Old Swedes Historic Site

Visit Old Swedes Historic on June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of festivities in celebration of Old Swedes Church’s 320th year of service. Take a FREE tour of our site, have some water ice, and participate in a variety of family friendly activities.

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!

Ghosts in the Graveyard

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 2, 2019, 1-3:30 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 and includes various scavenger hunt and arts and craft activities, and costumes are encouraged! This event even includes a history-themed costume contest.

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).