As part of ongoing efforts to improve and expand educational program offerings, Old Swedes Historic Site seeks a qualified individual to undertake interpretive research on local history. This research will be completed over a three-month period during the summer of 2021.

The researcher will be responsible for the following:

  • Compiling historical works and conducting original research.
  • Reporting to the Curator of Education.
  • Collaborating with Old Swedes’ Teacher Task Force to transform research into curricula and activity plans.

Research topics include:

  • Lenape, African American, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, and English culture.
  • The effects of European settlement on Lenape people.
  • The culturally diverse East Side neighborhood from the 18th to 20th centuries—with emphasis on changemakers, or trailblazing community leaders.
  • The effects of physical geography on community development.


  • $15/hour for 180 hours over 3 months. Scheduling is flexible. Much work can be completed remotely, but in-person (socially distanced) meetings will take place.


  • Familiarity with historical research and methodologies.
  • Academic experience in history, museum studies, or other relevant fields.
  • Self-motivated attitude; able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Comfort and skill in collaborating with educators.

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Interest in local history; familiarity with Wilmington’s East Side a plus.
  • Graduate study in a relevant academic field (history, museum studies, etc.)

To apply: Send a résumé and brief cover letter to admin@oldswedes.org. Applications are due April 30, 2021.