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.

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! Click here for contest professional or amateur registration and regulations. The event is free with museum admission.

Participating Restaurants Include:


Toddler Time: Tuesday, October 20, 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.

Do You Want to Meet a Reindeer?

Though the hit Disney movie Frozen made Sven the Reindeer known to children across the world, ASHM’s Toddler Time in October will expand on their knowledge and introduce the important role reindeer play in the lives of the Sami in Scandinavia.  Join us on October 20th from 10:30-11:30am while we read Inger’s Promise by Jamie Parkison, play reindeer games, create a reindeer craft to take home, and enjoy a fall snack. Children will even have the rare opportunity to meet two live reindeer from Z Arch Barn Farm in person!  Curious adults without children are also welcome to come spend time with these beautiful animals. The cost is $5 per child, free for museum Household Members, or regular admission prices for adults wishing to view the reindeer. There is no charge for accompanying caregivers of children.

Upcoming Toddler Times:

November 17 and December 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.

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 at the Lazaretto Ballroom
November 14, 8:30am-3:30pm

This year’s New Sweden History Conference, which will be held at the Lazaretto Ballroom in Essington, PA, 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.

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. There will be two drop off location and one pick up location where we will meet again and head back to Philadelphia.

Tickets are $115 for members, or $130 non-members. Check back soon for more details and registration.




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