Many Cultures in the Delaware Valley
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

Cabin to Capsule

Swedes and Finns stepped on the rock landing on the Christina River (Wilmington, Delaware) in the 17th century and built the first log cabins in new world. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (a Swedish descendant) stepped on the moon in 1969 and proved there were new worlds to conquer.

Saturday, Oct. 17, a preservationist, the company that makes space suits, and the Swedish Embassy will inform and challenge today's young people to step up and become our future historians, researchers, diplomats, leaders and explorers. The seminar, titled Cabin to Capsule, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Junior Achievemnt of Delaware, 522 Walnut St., Wilmington, 19801.

Presenters will be Frank Eld, preservationist, author and expert on the history of the Finnish and Swedish log cabin; a representative of ILC, the Delaware maker of NASA space suits, and representatives of the Swedish Embassy, who will talk about "Diplomacy 2015 - Earth and Space."

A registration fee of $5 includes a light lunch. Deadline to register Oct 9,2015. Needs based fee waivers are available upon request Seating is limited. A parent or teacher may accompany student but must be registered to attend. For questions contact: or call 302-429-0464

Date: October 17, 2015
Where: Junior Achievemnt of Delaware, 522 Walnut St., Wilmington, DE 19801
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 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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New Sweden Alliance

P.O. Box 435
Yorklyn, DE 19736   

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Please contact our Public Relations team leader Kajsa Haracz at 302-299-2711.