Our 15th National Stidham* Family Reunion will be held in Wilmington, Delaware in the Summer of 2021

Date yet to be determined

Over the years when we’ve held our National Stidham* Family Reunions in Wilmington, our must-see itinerary stops have included: Old Swedes Church, Fort Christina Park with The Rocks and Carl Miles iconic monument to New Sweden, and the Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard.

Now we will be able to add another must-see stop: The New Sweden Farmstead Cabins at Governor Printz Park in Essington, Pennsylvania, just a short 20-minute tour bus ride up I-95 north of Wilmington.

Another wish we haven’t been able to pull off -- yet -- is a group sail on the Kalmar Nyckel. In previous years when we have been in Wilmington, the ship has been out on its annual ambassador tours sailing up and down the east coast making ports-o-call at several destinations, such as Boston, New York, Alexandria Virginia and others. In 2021, we're going to make it happen! Fingers crossed!

Proposed 2021 Itinerary for the Wilmington Reunion


Informal meet-and-greet
This will take place in one of the reunion hotel’s hospitality suites


Old Swedes Church

Fort Christina

Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard


Christina River Cruise on the Kalmar Nyckel


New Sweden Farmstead Cabins


Saturday evening banquet and quest speaker
This will be held in one of our reunion hotel’s conference rooms and feature a local historian with expertise in the New Sweden colony.


Old Swedes Church Service
Attending an Episcopal Church service and sitting in the pews our Stidham* ancestors once sat in is a blessed honor. For those who have the option of staying through Sunday, you don’t want to miss your chance to attend a Sunday morning service in this ancient church. Everyone is always welcome!


Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard.

Our TSS Brick is embedded in the pavement out front!


Fort Christina Park and the Carl Miles New Sweden Monument


The Kalmar Nyckel ship at dock in Wilmington


Old Swedes Church and Graveyard


The brand new Hyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront will serve as our reunion hotel headquarters


The New Sweden Farmstead Cabin, the first of several to be on this site in Essington, Pennsylvania