Finns & Swedes in America
Since 1638

New Sweden Alliance Incorporated
Working Together to Celebrate 375+ Years in America

American Swedish Historical Museum 

Delaware Swedish Colonial Society 

Delaware Valley Finnish Americans 

Finnish-American Society of the Delaware Valley 

Friends of Swedish Cabin 

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church 

Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

New Sweden Centre

New Sweden Colonial Farmstead 

Old Swedes Historic Site 

St. George’s Episcopal Church 

Swedish American Chamber of Commerce  

Swedish Women’s Education Association  

Sister Cities of Wilmington, Inc. 

The Swedish Colonial Society 

Trinity (Old Swedes) Foundation 

Vasa Order

New Sweden Alliance Incorporated is a nonprofit, cooperative association of member organizations assembled with a common vision of celebrating New Sweden Colony—the significant heritage, present globalization, and future promise.

Celebrate New Sweden Colony

Established in 1638, New Sweden Colony--the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley--brought innovation and friendly trade relations to the New World.  Founded primarily by settlers from Sweden and Finland, the multicultural nature of the colony expanded in 1639 when Antoni Swart (Black Antony) arrived.  

The Swedish ship Kalmar Nyckel, dropped anchor at “The Rocks” on the shores of the river that the settlers would name for their queen, Christina. Radiating from the original Fort Christina in present-day Wilmington, Delaware, the colonists formed Swedish settlements as far north as the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania and in Swedesboro and other communities in New Jersey.

In 2013, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, Mr. Eero Heinäluoma and his wife, Ms Satu Siitonen-Heinäluoma, visited Wilmington on May 11 in honor of the Jubilee 375th Anniversary Celebration. And so, the celebration of New Sweden continues.


The New Sweden Alliance Incorporated (NSA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, umbrella organization of Swedish- and Finnish-American heritage groups in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey formed to promote and celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of New Sweden in the Delaware Valley and, by extension, throughout the United States.


Sheila Romine Marja Kaisla Chris O'Brien Thomas J. Conway, IV
President Vice President Secretary Treasurer

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Delaware Swedish Colonial SocietyGloria Dei (Old Swedes') ChurchNew Sweden Centre
Kalmar Nyckel FoundationFriends of the Swedish CabinOld Swedes Foundation
St. George’s Episcopal Church, Pennsville, NJTrinity (Old Swedes) Foundation, Swedesboro, NJVasa Order

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Next Event

Crayfish Party 2014!

Get a taste of Swedish summer

With the American Swedish Historical Museum and SACC Philadelphia’s

Summer Crayfish Party

Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 6pm



Experience a Swedish summer tradition at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Join ASHM and the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce-Philadelphia for a Crayfish Party on Friday, August 15th at 6pm, when plates will be piled high with crayfish, cooked Swedish-style in salted water with lots of dill. The meal is accompanied by potato salad, green salad, bread, Swedish cheese and dessert. Swedish meatballs with ligonberry jam are available for those who have yet to catch the crayfish craze. A special treat, this year’s Crayfish feast will be prepared by our exclusive caterer, Jeffery Miller Catering. So come eat, drink and make merry to mark the close of summer in Swedish style!


Admission to the Crayfish Party is $50 for members of the ASHM or SACC-Philadelphia and $60 for non-members. To reserve your space, please call 215-389-1776 or buy tickets online at are required by August 11, 2014. No refunds after RSVP date.


The Swedish tradition of feasting on crayfish at the end of summer dates back about 100 years. At one time the lakes of central Sweden were filled with crayfish, but overfishing decimated their population. Finally, the government prohibited the catching of crayfish except during a short time in late summer. After going the whole summer without the delicacy, the return of crayfish to the dinner table in August became great cause for celebration. Crayfish parties in Sweden are often held out of doors in the moonlight with big paper lanterns and festive colored lights strung for decoration. Paper napkins, hats, bibs and paper plates all have a crayfish motif. And everyone raises their glass of aquavit to sing traditional Swedish drinking songs.


Call 215-389-1776, email or for more information. The American Swedish Historical Museum is located in FDR Park at 1900 Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia, five blocks west of the Sports Complex. The Museum is easily accessible from Route 95 or 76 and has free parking. For those taking public transportation, the Broad Street subway AT&T station, or SEPTA’s Route 17 bus is within walking distance of the Museum.

Date: August 15, 2014
Where: American Swedish Historical Museum,, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Time: 6:00 P.M. -

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New Sweden Alliance Incorporated is a volunteer organization. We depend on your support. Please consider how you can help us celebrate the establishment of the New Sweden colony.

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Come out to our events! Have a great time! Bring your friends! Purchase our products and spread the word about the past, present, and future of New Sweden in the Delaware Valley.

New Sweden Alliance

P.O. Box 435
Yorklyn, DE 19736   

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