The homes of the colonists
Online conference to feature early settler architecture
The New Sweden History Conference this year will explore the history of the New Sweden Colony (1638-1655) and its legacy in colonial America. This year the conference will be held virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive links to view each speaker’s recorded presentation in advance of a panel discussion. Participants may then submit any questions they have for the presenters which will be answered during the live panel discussion webinar on Saturday Oct. 31st.
This year’s theme explores the vernacular architecture of New Sweden, New Netherland, proprietary Pennsylvania, and neighboring ethnic and cultural groups on the Delaware River prior to 1767. While New Sweden’s political influence in this area was short-lived, its early trading posts, mills, and farms were the foundations for cities familiar to us today such as Wilmington (Fort Christina), Chester, New Castle, and parts of west Philadelphia.
For more information on the speakers and their talks, click here to visit the American Swedish Historical Museum website.
This historically dressed mannequin and period kitchen tools are on display at the Hendrickson House in Wilmington, De.
Take a look into our
Museum Without Walls
Exhibits on display throughout region
Welcome to The New Sweden Centre, a museum without walls. We partner with a number of Delaware Valley institutions to present to the public our extensive collection of material that illustrates the Swedish legacy of the region.
The story begins with the very first European settlers who created New Sweden, their interactions with the Leni Lenape, and continues through the evolution of the region to the present day. The New Sweden Centre's collection includes artifacts, clothing, tools, dioramas and graphic illustrations.
The museum's collection is currently on display at these locations:
• Our Captain Mannequin and colonial fireplace set can be seen at the in the Delaware Military Museum at 1st Regiment Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808. Also at the museum, our large-scale "Colony to Community" graphic panels that tell the story of New Sweden.
• Our Swedish Lady mannequin and child, plus many of our kitchen items, are now located in the Hendrickson House in Wilmington, DE.
; • Our Black Anthony mannequin is on display at the Delaware County Historical Society Museum & Library, 408 Avene of the States, Chester, Pa. 19013.
;• Our "Explore New Sweden" panels are now located in the Swedesboro-Woolwich History Museum in Swedesboro, NJ. The museum is open by appointment. Call 856-467-1889 for details.
• Our model of Fort Christina is now on display in the lobby of the Redding City/County building, 800 N. French St., Willmington, DE, 19801.
• A group of dolls in period clothing and a model of a colonial ship's boat are on loan to
the Pencader Heritage Museum, 2629 Sunset Lake Road, Newark, DE. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month. Call 302-584-4570.
• We are also serving as the Non Profit Brand in JA Finance Park, with our youth-focused display "Walk Through Swedish American Globalization" at the Junior Achievement Center at 522 S Walnut St, Wilmington, DE 19801. This facility serves Salem County, NJ and New Castle County, DE and reaches approximately 10,000 students yearly.
• On permanent loan to
the Historical Society of Pennsville, NJ, is a model of a Swedish church boat. The museum is located at 86 Chursh Landing Road, Pennsville, NJ 08070
Now available for loan to interested organizations
• Educational materials, designed for any organization teaching the region's history.
A large collection of colonial tools, old but not period historical.
• A Leni Lenape mannequin in colonial period clothing.
• ;Several miniature historical figures.
The New Sweden Centre is also actively marketing the book "Africans in New Sweden" by Abdullah R. Muhammad.
Finally, the Centre is a regular partner with Old Swedes Foundation, the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society and the New Sweden Alliance in the annual celebration of the landing of the Swedes at Fort Christina Park in Wilmington.
Anyone interested in assisting us please get in touch. 302-429-0464 or send us an email Feel free to call Education Director Aleasa Hogate at 856-678-5511