Swedish History at the New Sweden Centre | Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard | Wilmington, Delaware
Click here for a short video of the 2012 Colonists' Day celebration.
"The Landing of the Swedes" by Stanley M. Arthurs
depicts the first contact in 1638 between the Swedish settlers and Native Americans.
The meeting took place along the Christina River in present-day Wilmington.
The image is made possible through the generosity of the Permanent Collection of the University of Delaware
The New Sweden Centre, headquartered in Wilmington, De., offers
educational outreach programs and historic reenactors. Browse the
website and email us to learn more.
St. George to celebrate 300th anniversary
Pennsville, N.J., church traces its roots to earlest settlers
St. George Episcopal Church is planning a very special 300th
Anniversary Celebration in the Township of Pennsville, N.J. on Saturday,
March 29, 2014. The decision to build a church on the eastern shore of
the Delaware River had its beginning in the Swedish Lutheran Church.
It is this history that St. George Church is celebrating with a
reenactment of settlers arriving to celebrate the decision to build
their own church in Penn’s Neck. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with
the reenactment at the end of Church Landing Road. At noon, there will
be a Swedish luncheon in the church parish hall. Reservations are
required for the meal. Click here for form. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., docents will give history tours of the church.
The church is at 3 Church Landing Road, Pennsville, N.J., 08070. Click here for a map. The opening ceremony will be at the far end of Church Landing Road, at the Church Landing Farmhouse.
Centre in transition
Museum without walls
2013 has been a year of transition for the New Sweden Centre. While we
may no longer enjoy the use of our own space at the Kalmar Nyckel
Shipyard, we are making a smooth transition into a Museum Without Walls.
We have already established partnerships with several local museums.
• Our Captain Mannequin set is now located in the Bowers' Beach Maritime Museum in Bowers, Beach, DE.
• Our Swedish Lady and child, plus many of our kitchen items, are now located in the Hendrickson House in Wilmington, DE.
• Our Lenape Mannequin is now located at the Prehistoric Museum in Greenwich, NJ.
• Our "Explore New Sweden" panels are now located in the Swedesboro-Woolwich History Museum in Swedesboro, NJ.
• Our Cabin corner and fireplace, Black Anthony, Fort Christina Model,
and our educational materials are on loan through November 1st to the
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.
• We are also serving as the "Non Profit Brand" in JA Finance Park,
utilizing the Colony to Community panels as a temporary exhibit until we
can create a new, youth focused exhibit at the Junior Achievement
Center (JA) in Wilmington DE. This facility serves Salem County, NJ and
New Castle County, DE and reaches approximately 10,000 students yearly.
• We are actively marketing the book, Africans in New Sweden by Abdullah R. Muhammad
• We have a nice collection of colonial tools, old but not period
historical, we would like to loan to another museum. We will have some
of the miniature Historical figures to loan out. Some of these will be
used at JA.
This is an overwhelming task, but promises to expand our area of
influence to promote New Sweden Heritage to new audiences. Our focus
will be on outreach through our Settlers' Trunks and presentations to
schools and organizations. We also plan to expand our re-enactor base of
We are continuing to work with Old Swedes Foundation and the Delaware
Swedish Colonial Society in the annual celebration of the landing of the
Swedes and planning for Colonists' Day 2014, tentatively scheduled for
Anyone interested in assisting us please get in touch. 302-420-0464 or
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to call Education
Director Aleasa Hogate at 856-678-5511
Jeffrey R Gudzune,
Membership Chair, New Sweden Centre
375th Anniversary Conference presentations now online
Lu Ann De Cunzo of the University of Delaware talks about the struggles
the early settlers faced in the Delaware Valley in this online view.
Her presentation is one of many from the 375th New Sweden Anniversary
Conference now available here.
The conference was held Nov. 8-10 at the university. The above link
will bring up a web page listing the available talks with links to the
Peter Minuit, founder of New Sweden,
named to Junior Achievement Hall of Fame
Colonists' Day 2012
Enjoy this five-minute video of the 2012 celebration and day's activities.
The hand of friendship extended at the ceremony celebrating the
374th Anniversary of
the landing of the Swedes and Finns at "The Rocks" in Fort Christina
Colonists' Day, April 14th, 2012. Bill Hutchinison, left, in the persona
of Peter Minuit, greets Dennis Cokerchief of the Lenape Indian Tribe
of Delaware, Inc.
The story of New Sweden
This seven-minute video quickly tells the story of the founding of New
Sweden. It is a condensed version of a 26-minute video that is available
in our web store for
anyone who would like to make it part of their education or interpretive program.
The story of Black Anthony
Click here to learn about Antoni Swart, the African who lived in New Sweden. This 10-page slide show is
a synopsis by Abdullah Muhammad of his recently published book: Africans in New Sweden, The Untold Story. The book is now available for order in our store. Click here for ordering information.
We're excited that we have a new brochure
of New Sweden sites throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and
Maryland. There’s a map to show the locations and contact details for
each location/organization are listed on the reverse side. Feel free to
print off your own copy!
One of our recent ventures was to support the current traveling exhibit
called “Colony to Community: The Story of New Sweden” This display,
developed by the American Swedish Historical Museum, is now
available for your conference or special event highlighting local history.
Send us an an email for more information.
Circle of Friendship
Participants at the New Sweden Forum create a "Circle of
Friendship" around the New Sweden Heritage Monument. The tradition was
started when the Pennsivlle, N.J. monument was dedicated
June 6th, 2004. The ceremony honors the bond of friendship
formed by the Lenape and the Swedish settlers of the 17th century.
This year's forum was held June 6, marking the 5th
Anniversary of the monument.