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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On view thru August 23, Indian Nation: Indian Motorcycles and America


Toddler Time: Tuesday, August 18, 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:

September 15 and October 20

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.

Friday, August 21, Crayfish Party, 6:30pm

Get a taste of Swedish summer at our annual Crayfish Party! Enjoy a platter of crayfish, along with bread, cheese, potato salad and snaps. $50 for ASHM and SACC Philadelphia members, $60 for non-members. Click here to register online.

Friday, September 4, Workers of the World, Awaken! The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill, Exhibition opens

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

Sunday, September 13, United Stockholms of America Exhibitions Opens

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. On view through February 28, 2016.

Sunday, September 13, the Annual Meeting, 3pm

ASHM members are welcome to join us for our annual meeting, where we will present the Amandus Johnson Volunteer Service Award.

Saturday, September 19, Swedish Cooking Class: Reunion Edition! 10:30am-2pm

Take advantage of this rare opportunity and attend the reunion of our Swedish Chefs! A one time event, the three chefs will make a delectable array of appetizers, entrees and desserts, all of which will be served as a three course meal at the end of their demonstrations. Space is extremely limited, $75 per person (includes all food and drinks). SOLD OUT! Please call to be added to the waiting list.

Let's Go to Chicago! September 24-27

Join ASHM for a trip to see the Swedish (and non-Swedish) sights of Chicago! This exciting opportunity includes airfare, a room at the historic Palmer House, breakfast, one dinner, three lunches, and admission to a host of cultural activities. Tour sights include the Field Museum, the Swedish American Museum, Andersonville, the Art Institute of Chicago, and a boat tour with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. For additional information please call, Lauren Burnham at (215) 389-1776 or email

The Great Meatball Match Up
October 18, 4pm-6pm

Join us for our fifth edition of the museum’s popular Meatball Contest! Enter your meatballs as am amateur chef for a chance at culinary glory, or come to savor the delicious entries of area restaurants! Please email us for information on contest registration and regulations. The event is free with museum admission.

Lenape Fall Gathering: Lenape Tahakokën Maehëlan
November 7, 11am-3pm

The American Swedish Historical Museum and the Auxiliary invite you to join us for a fun and educational day to celebrate the relationship between the Lenape and New Sweden settlers. Come and enjoy cultural workshops including: Tribal history by Mark Gould, Nanticoke Lenape Chairman; language, dance and music with Uri Ridgeway; cultural craft demonstrations with Bob Baker, Harry Everham, Mary and Steve Carty, Dawn Gould and Walter Anderson. There will also be activities for children and a Lenape language scavenger hunt! Admission $10 non-members, $7 members, $4 seniors and children.

New Sweden History Conference: Power & Politics in New Sweden 1638-1655
November 14, 8:30am-3:30pm

This year’s New Sweden History Conference will investigate the political powers involved in the New Sweden Colony. The conference will explore the mechanisms by which New Sweden’s governors maintained and exercised influence in their enduring struggle for control of the Delaware Valley and its access to the riches of North America. Magdalena Naum from Oulu University in Finland will moderate what is sure to be a fascinating analysis of political authority in the Delaware Valley during the 17th century. Speakers include Keynote Mark Thompson, Tytti Halonen, Kim-Eric Williams, Jean Soderlund, and Hans Norman. Registration, breakfast, and lunch costs $45 per person ($35 for students and teachers). Early bird registration by October 16, $40 ($30 for students and teachers). Registration deadline is Friday, October 30. Register by phone or online.

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.



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