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.

For information about Scandinavian related events in the region click here>>

 

Skål Monthly Tours and Tastings, Saturday, August 12, 1-2pm

Have you ever sampled Aquavit? Whether you are new to Scandinavian spirits or an aficionado, join us for an exclusive guided tour of the Skål! Scandinavian Spirits exhibition at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Each tour will explore the history of Scandinavian spirits and the role those beverages play in the heritage of Scandinavian America. Learn how to properly Skål, or cheers, at the end of the tour with an Aquavit tasting. Pre-registration required and tour spots are limited. $8 members and $18 non-members(must be 21 or over to attend tasting). Click here to sign up.

Additional tours and tastings, click on the date to register:

September 9th

Crayfish Party
Friday, August 18
6:30pm
Get a taste of Swedish summer at our annual Crayfish Party! Enjoy a buffet of crayfish or Swedish meatballs, along with crisp bread, cheese, potatoes, cheese pie, and glass of akvavit all outside under our beautiful lighted and decorated tent. $50 for ASHM and SACC Philadelphia members, $60 for non-members. Register by phone or online by August 14th.

 

Toddler Time: Tuesday, August 15, 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:

September 19 and October 17

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.

Skål Monthly Tours and Tastings, Sunday, September 9, 1-2pm

Have you ever sampled Aquavit? Whether you are new to Scandinavian spirits or an aficionado, join us for an exclusive guided tour of the Skål! Scandinavian Spirits exhibition at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Each tour will explore the history of Scandinavian spirits and the role those beverages play in the heritage of Scandinavian America. Learn how to properly Skål, or cheers, at the end of the tour with an Aquavit tasting. Pre-registration required and tour spots are limited. $8 members and $18 non-members(must be 21 or over to attend tasting). Click here to sign up.

 

Annual Meeting
Sunday, September 10, 3pm

ASHM members are welcome to join us for our annual meeting, where we the Amandus Johnson Volunteer Service Award will also be presented to Karin Kornaga. This is also a great chance to see the Skål Scandinavian Spirits exhibition before it closes on the 17th.

Swedish Language Class
Beginner Part I:  Sundays September 17-November 19 (1-3pm)
Conversation Part I: Mondays September 18-November 20 (6:30pm-8:30pm)

Brush up on your Swedish with our language classes! Join instructors Thomas Nilsson or Carina Åhren through a ten week course on the intricacies of the Swedish language. 

Beginners Swedish I
An elementary level Swedish class for students who want to learn to communicate in everyday situations, such as ordering in restaurants and cafes, shopping, talking about family, holidays, weather, etc. We will also learn a little about Swedish culture and traditions. No prior Swedish language knowledge required.

Conversation I
An interactive and fun conversation group for students who have at least 4 semesters of Swedish language courses and a good grasp of the language. We will discuss current events, culture, travels, personal interests, etc and we will read and discuss some shorts works of fiction in Swedish

Class registration is $180 for members, $245 for non-members (cost of text books not included). Click here for the registration form.

 

Toddler Time: Tuesday, September 19, 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 17 and November 21

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.

Farah, Photograph by Magnus Wennman

Where the Children Sleep Exhibit Opening, Saturday, October 21
11am-4pm

This series of 22 captivating photographs by acclaimed Swedish photographer, Magnus Wennman, documents the tragic consequences of the refugee crisis by capturing what the simple act of bedtime brings for the youngest and most vulnerable refugees. Each photograph comes with captions by journalist Carina Bergfeldt of how these children and their families struggle through the Middle East and Europe while making the harrowing journey out of Syria. Also opening on October 21st are two accompanying exhibits that build on the refugee theme: Portraits of Migration: Sweden Beyond the Headlines and ‘better shelter’. All three exhibits will be on view at ASHM through March.

Walaa, Photograph by Magnus Wennman

‘How Can I Help?’ Fair
Saturday, October 21,11am-3pm

To mark the opening of the Where the Children Sleep exhibition, ASHM will host an education fair to connect people with the refugee community. Speakers will share their personal experiences and refugee aid groups from the greater Philadelphia area will be on site to let you know how you can help with this important human rights issue. This is a free event and preregistration is not required.

New Sweden History Conference: New Sweden Beyond the Delaware, 1638-1776, Saturday, November 4
8:30am-3pm

The 2017 theme will explore the migration of Swedish colonists from the original landing point of Wilmington Delaware to the greater Delaware Valley and east coast region. Speakers include Brian Crane, Sean Moir, Laurie Fitzpatrick, Catherine Dann Roeber, and Becky Griswold. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, located at the Lazaretto Ballroom 99 Wanamaker Ave, Essington, PA 19029. $60 per person ($35 for students and teachers). Early bird $50 registration by October 13. Registration deadline is Friday, October 30.

Lucia Rehearsals
Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 19, 2pm-4pm

Museum members are invited to have their children participate in our annual Lucia performance on December 1st and 2nd . 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!

   

 

 

Photograph credits
Copyright © American Swedish Historical Museum. All rights reserved