Swedish History at the New Sweden Centre | Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard | Wilmington, Delaware
Celebrating Colonists Day 2014 are, from left, Mark Hogate, Donn Draper, Aleasa Hogate, descendant of Anders Larsson Dalbo 1640, Donna Draper's granddaughter, Bill Hutchinson, portraying Peter Minuit, and Chief Dennis Coker of the Lenape Tribe. Check out the video of Colonists Day 2012 on this page, below left.
First State National Historic Park, the nation's newest national park in Delaware, is expanding its activities to include grants to take school children on field trips to cultural and heritage sites. Click here for more on park developments.
"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, a 5013c nonprofit organization headquartered in Wilmington, De., offers
educational outreach programs and historic reenactors.
Who are we?
Volunteers, educators, history buffs
What do we do?
Promote Delaware Valley's history 1638-1776 with focus on Swedish, Finnish and Lenape culture
Where are we?
As a museum without walls, we have exhibits throughout the Delaware Valley. Our main exhibit is in JA Finance Park, reaching 10,000 students yearly at Junior Achievement of Delaware, 522 Walnut St., Wilmington, DE 19801
Internships are available for a variety of interests and skills. Click here for details.
Who Wore What When
Fashion show to look at history through clothing
Mark your calendars for Nov. 11, when the history of New Sweden will come down the runway at the Hagley Museum.
The “Who Wore What When" event will be a historical period fashion show and history learning experience intended to focus on the youth of the Delaware Valley. The demonstration is multi-cultural. It includes Viking and Lenape clothing, folk costumes and Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, and English colonial clothing. There will also be Civil War and WWI uniforms.
Narration will describe the clothing, customs, fabric and history of each era, accompanied by period music and projected works of art.
Native and other cultural food samples will complement the multi-sensory history event, which will be accomplished through collaboration among several historical, cultural and educational organizations.
The Hagley House is at 200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807.
This portrait of a woman modeling a traditional outfit was painted by Louise Della Rocca in 1938 for the 300th anniversary of New Sweden. The painting was recently donated to the New Sweden Centre by Louise's daughter, Della Hankel. But we do not know if the painting was done from a live model, or whether the woman was created from the artist's imagination.
Settlers trunks now available
for education programs
Artifacts tell story of Swedes in the Delaware Valley
Enjoy this 3:45 video, which gives an overview of the New Sweden Centre activities and features our latest program, offering settlers trunk sponsorships as hands-on educational aids to teaching history. The trunks are packed tight with objects of telling importance to the history of New Sweden. Included are animal pelts, a variety of home wares from the log cabin days, trade goods and colonial toys. For more information, send us an email.
New Sweden Centre
'Museum Without Walls'
Exhibits on display throughout region
2013 was 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 model of Fort Christina is now on display at the Redding City/County building, 800 N. French St., Willmington.
• 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.
• Our Heritage figures are on display at the Claymont Stone School, Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 13) and Darley Road, Claymont, DE. 19703. 302-702-2021
• Our Cabin corner and fireplace, Black Anthony, and our educational materials are now available for loan.
• 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.
We are continuing to work with Old Swedes Foundation, the Delaware
Swedish Colonial Society and the New Sweden Alliance in the annual celebration of the landing of the
Swedes to be held at Fort Christina Park in Wilmington on April 17.
Anyone interested in assisting us please get in touch. 302-429-0464 or
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to call Education
Director Aleasa Hogate at 856-678-5511
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.
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
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.