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 through February 16, 2015, Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?

The "Do you know Pippi Longstocking?" exhibition is included in our general admission: $8 for adults, 6$ for seniors and students, $4 for children 5-11, and children under 5 are FREE. The exhibition is also FREE for members of the museum. Please read more about the exhibition here.

This exhibition is made possible by generous gifts from Ulla Dagert and Paul Muther, SWEA Philadelphia, Kuehlthau Family Foundation, SWEA New Jersey, Swedish Council of America, Marianne Baeckstrom, Evert Christensen and IKEA Conshohocken.

We are also grateful to the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, George C. and Esther Ann McFarland Foundation, Auxiliary, Midsommarklubben, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and an anonymous foundation for their generous support of ASHM.

Saturday, November 8, New Sweden History Conference, Beef, Beer and Bread: Colonial Foodways, 9am to 3pm

This year’s conference, to be held at ASHM, will explore 17th century foodways in Sweden and colonial America. Five speakers will discuss various aspects of culinary history—from the kitchens of Stockholm to the brew houses of Philadelphia. The keynote speaker is author, chef, and Swedish food historian Dr. Ulrica Söderlind. Dr. Söderlind holds a PhD from the University of Stockholm. She has written five books on topics such as, the role of food in Swedish social history, and the culinary history of the Nobel Banquet. Her conference session will focus on the cooking practices of a 17th century Swedish noble household. Additional speakers include David Furlow, who will be discussing the significance of cattle as an important part of New Sweden’s economy; Rich Wagner will lead an engaging discussion on the intricacies of colonial beer brewing. In the spirit of this year’s theme, a special lunch will be served featuring colonial recipes and, of course, beer. Do not miss what is sure to be an informative and delicious conference event! Registration includes breakfast. and lunch, and is $45 per person ($35 for students and teachers). Registration deadline is Monday, November 3rd. Register online, by phone at (215) 389-1776 or by mailing in the registration form.

Thanks to our beer sponsor!

Tuesday, November 18th, Toddler Time: Stone Soup, 10:30am-11:30am

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum in 2014 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.

Many cultures of the world have a version of the Stone Soup story. Just in time for Thanksgiving, we will explore the Swedish version with an interactive reading from Stone Soup: A Traditional Tale from Sweden, by Alison Haws. Toddlers will help "make" the soup during the story, and learn the value of sharing. Parents and kids will get to explore the traditional Swedish Stuga to compare cooking methods from their own homes, then participate in hands on crafts and activities!

Upcoming Toddler Times:

December 16 and January 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.

Lucia Rehearsals, Saturday November 15 and Sunday, November 23, 2-4pm

Museum members are invited to have their children participate in our annual Lucia performance on December 5th and 6th. 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. Please call for more information, or register your children online.

Julbord, December 5, 6pm

Join us for a very special Swedish holiday tradition. Cocktails and an authentic Christmas smörgåsbord 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 and Christmas Market, December 6, 11:30am to 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 in advance online.

Swedish Museum Singers' Holiday Concert, Saturday, December 13, 7pm

Enjoy the sounds of a Swedish Christmas with the annual concert performance by the Swedish Museum Singers. Enjoy classic Swedish holiday songs, along with a twist on several American favorites. Glögg and cookies will be served. Free with museum admission.

Pea Soup and Punch Supper: Ärtsoppa och Punsch, Saturday, January 31, 6pm

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





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