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.


Kajsa Haracz  
Sheila Romine Kajsa Haracz 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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Experience the rich historical heritage of the 7th Street Peninsula and the Colonial-era cultures of the Lenni Lenape, Swedes, Finns, Dutch and English. An afternoon of fun and learning for the whole family.

Noon - festivities begin with the Landing Ceremony at Fort Christina Park; performance by The Lenape Drum Group and Dancers.
1 - 4 pm: • Tours of Copeland Maritime Center & Kalmar Nyckel; children's crafts and games; crafters and exhibitors on hand with a variety of demonstrations from candle making to weaving. Vendors and music all afternoon.
• at Old Swedes Historic Site: archaeology dig and artifact exploration, audience-participation storytelling with Alfie Moss, scavenger hunt and children's crafts; live music, demonstration of open-hearth Swedish cooking and handcrafts; vendors, food trucks.

Entrance and most activities free; several at a nominal charge. Water Taxi departs from Kalmar Nyckel dock offering rides on the Christina River, 1-4 pm.
Locations include First State National Historical Park (Old Swedes Historic Site and Fort Christina); the Kalmar Nyckel and Copeland Maritime Center; a free shuttle bus will provide transportation among the locations.SpringFest logo

Date: April 30, 2017
Where: Wilmington, Delaware
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

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Dinner with Swedish Council of America Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 May 5, 2017 6:30 P.M.
10:00 P.M.

All are welcome!

Join us for an elegant, 4-course dinner at America's top private club, the Union League of Philadelphia. New Sweden Alliance is honored to host the Swedish Council of America Awards of Merit dinner at a premier location--a jewel of Philadelphia. 

Business attire

Purchase tickets at three levels here:

4-Course Dinner and Awards Ceremony $100

New Sweden Alliance Sponsor (includes dinner, ceremony, and recognition as a sponsor) $150

Friends of New Sweden Alliance (unable to attend; includes recognition as a friend) $50

New Sweden Alliance Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, cooperative association of member organizations assembled with a common vision of celebrating New Sweden Colony—the significant heritage, present globalization, and future promise—by promoting the culture, history, and contributions of the colony, founded in 1638 in the Delaware Valley. 




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.

Ways You Can Help:


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Your organization may join the New Sweden Alliance Incorporated as a contributing member. Contact us for information regarding benefits of membership at  Annual dues of $100 may be submitted by mail or simply using the "Donate" button above. 


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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   

Media & Press Contacts

We welcome opportunities to share our story and mission.  
Please contact our Public Relations team leader Kajsa Haracz at 302-299-2711.