Come and join us for our various events! We celebrate heritage and both traditional Swedish and American Holidays. There is always something going on at the American Swedish Historical Museum. See below for scheduled events. All events will take place at the Museum unless otherwise noted. Please check with the Museum to confirm dates and other details. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after the registration deadline.

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Workers of the World, Awaken! The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill, Exhibition on view now

Celebrate the spirit of Labor Day by learning more about the Swedish-American labor activist, song-writer, cartoonist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, Joe Hill (born Joel Hägglund). 100 years after his death, his life, death and work still inspire. Exhibition included with general admission.

Photo Credit: Charlie Bennet

United Stockholms of America

Exhibition On View through February 2016

Photographer Charles Bennet documents the eight small towns in America named after the Swedish capital city. The exhibition explores the legacy of the approximately 1.2 million Swedes who left Sweden to make their homes in America in the 1800s.

Lucia Rehearsals
November 14 and 21,2pm-4pm

Museum members are invited to sign up their children or grandchildren to participate in our annual Lucia performances on December 4th and 5th. They are sure to have fun dressing up as tomtar, Pepparkakor, folk dancers, star boys, and Lucia and her attendants while singing traditional Swedish Christmas songs. Attendance at both rehearsals is required for participants. Register in advance online or call for more info.

An Evening with Joe Hill, November 19th, 6:30pm

Join us on November 19th for a commemoration of Joe Hill on the centenary of his execution. Alexis Buss, guest co-curator of the ASHM's Joe Hill exhibition, will speak about her book, The Letters of Joe Hill, and Hill's life and legacy. Joining her will be Philadelphia labor activist and singer John Braxton. This event is free and refreshments will be served.

About the presenters:

Alexis Buss served six terms as General Secretary-Treasurer of the IWW and organized its centennial celebration in 2005. She is currently organizing the Joe Hill Roadshow, a national tour celebrating Joe Hill’s life and music. With Jon Bekken, she is co-curator of the exhibit on Joe Hill at the American Swedish Historical Museum, on viewthrough next year.   A new edition of Philip Foner’s The Letters of Joe Hill, with extensive new material and notes added by Alexis, has just been released by Haymarket Press.

John Braxton has sung at countless labor rallies and union meetings over his years in the labor movement. Braxton is a former co-president of the Faculty and Staff Federation of the Community College of Philadelphia (where he is a biology professor) and co-founded the local chapter of Jobs With Justice. He was previously active in Teamsters for a Democratic Union. He is on the national board of U.S. Labor Against the War, and drafted a resolution against the war in Iraq that was ultimately adopted by the Philadelphia AFL-CIO.

Genealogy Club Fall Meeting, November 21st, 11am-1pm

Join the ASHM Genealogy Club for:

Cemetery Records  by Megan Harris,
Former Archivist for the Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill

Megan Harris will discuss her experiences and insight in researching cemetery records and our members will also share some highlights of their own research and the tools they use.  There will be an election of Club officers.

Please join us for our Fall meeting and enjoy a light lunch with our members.

Friday, December 4, 6pm

Join us for a very special Swedish holiday tradition. Drinks and an authentic Christmas smörgåsbord dinner are followed by the Lucia procession. The Christmas Market is open all evening. Members $50, non-members $60. Cash bar. Register by phone or online by December 1st.

Lucia & Christmas Market
Saturday, December 5

Drop in for our family-friendly Lucia Fest, with Lucia processions at 1pm and 3pm. The Christmas Market includes your favorite holiday deli items, Christmas decorations, and gifts, and the SWEA bakery tables will be open all day. The Swedish Christmas Café will be selling holiday foods and sweets for your refreshment. Admission is $10 for non-members, $7 for members, children 4-12 $4, and children under 4 are free. Reservations are not required, but tickets may be purchased online in advance.

Bus Trip to New York City, Monday, December 14

Come along on a day trip to New York, New York to see the exhibition Swedish Wooden Toys at The Bard Graduate Center and lunch!

On December 14, ASHM is organizing a bus trip to the big apple and see New York City in its Christmas colors! Join us for a retro morning in the Bard Graduate Center with a guided tour of the exhibition Swedish Wooden Toys with wooden toys from the 17th to 21st century. We will then have lunch together and after lunch, you will have free time to stroll around New York. The bus will pick up and drop off from ASHM and Hotel ML in Mount Laurel NJ.

Tickets are $115 for members, or $130 non-members register by December 1st. Click here to register online!

Toddler Time: Tuesday, December 15, 10:30am-11:30am

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum in 2015 for the continuation of its educational and family fun Toddler Time programs! Each session will help young minds grow through interactive stories, engaging hands on activities and valuable social interaction.  Children will explore art, science, and literature in the unique and positive child centered learning environment of the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Upcoming Toddler Times:

January 19 and February 16

The cost is $5 per session and registration is suggested. Free for museum Household members’ children/accompanying caregivers. Register online or pay at the door.

Pea Soup and Punch Supper: Ärtsoppa och Punsch, Saturday, January 30, 6pm

Warm up on a chilly winter’s night with a bowl of Swedish yellow pea soup and a cup of punsch. Dinner is served with sharp cheese, bread, and dessert. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Register by phone or online by January 25th.

Genealogy Club Winter Meeting, Saturday, January 30th, 1pm-3pm

Please join us for our Winter meeting and enjoy light refreshments with our members.




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