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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Annual Meeting, Sunday, September 18th 3pm

ASHM members are welcome to join us for our annual meeting, where we the Amandus Johnson Volunteer Service Award will also be presented. A reception will follow with refreshments, along with a musical performance on the nyckelharpa and guitar.



Toddler Time: Tuesday, September 20, 10:30am-11:30am

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum 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:

October 18 and November 15

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.

Swedish Cooking Workshop
Sunday, October 9, 10am-2pm

New this fall, a totally hands on cooking workshop at ASHM! Join fellow culinary enthusiasts to make Potato Korv (sausage) and Limpa from scratch. Whether you are new to Swedish cuisine or would like to brush up on old skills with friends, this engaging workshop helps aspiring chefs work through the recipes step by step. Space is extremely limited; $50 per person (includes all food and drinks). Reservations are required; sign up online or by phone by October 3rd.

Special Edition Toddler Time: Creatures Great and Small, Tuesday, October 18, 10:30am-11:30am

Join us on October 18th as we learn about Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus and animal classification. Preschoolers love to sort and organize so we will put those skills to the test and learn what animals have in common. Whether fur or scales, beaks or gills, we will sort them into their proper families. The Academy of Natural Science will be on hand with some live examples of animals that Linnaeus helped to classify. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet a fox snake, eastern screech owl, and box turtle in person!

Upcoming Toddler Times:

November 15 and December 20

Toddler Time is a specially designed program for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. The cost is $5 per child or free for museum Household Members. There is no charge for accompanying caregivers. Register online or pay at the door.

Folk Fashion: Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 5, 11am

The ASHM’s Auxiliary is planning something new for their annual meeting. Members will be presenting traditional folk costumes of Sweden and Scandinavia. They are inviting people with Swedish folk costumes to participate as models, and if they choose, to talk a little bit about the history of their costumes. Costumes may be worn or displayed. The meeting will include a lunch, along with a collectibles sale. If you have any items you wish to donate to the collectibles sale, feel free to drop them off at the museum, just make sure they are marked for the Auxiliary. For more info, please call (215) 389-1776.

New Sweden History Conference: The Delaware River-Colonial Highway, Saturday, November 12

This year’s New Sweden History Conference explores the Delaware River as a way of transportation for the New Sweden Colony and what traffic looked like along this route. The conference is located at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation in Wilmington DE, and includes a dock tour of the ship and optional tour of the original landing sight of the Swedes at Ft. Christina Park. Speakers include Key Note Fred Hocker, Len Tantillo, Andrew Lipman, and Hutch Hutchinson. Registration, breakfast, and lunch costs $45 per person ($35 for students and teachers). Early bird registration by October 14, $40 ($30 for students and teachers). Registration deadline is Friday, October 31, click here to sign up online.

Lucia Rehearsals
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 20, 2pm-4pm

Museum members are invited to have their children participate in our annual Lucia performance on December 2nd and 3rd . 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. Click here to sign up online.

Julbord, Friday, December 2

Join us for a very special Swedish holiday tradition. Cocktails and an authentic Christmas smorgasbord 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 November 28th. 

Lucia & Christmas Market
Saturday, December 3, 11:30am-4:30pm

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.




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