Our 15th National Stidham* Family Reunion will be held in Wilmington, DE & Philadelphia, PA June 10-13, 2022
Friday, June 10, 2022
Welcome check-in and social gathering at the Doubletree Hotel-Downtown Wilmington followed by an evening tour of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s Copeland Maritime Center. It’s still too early to know if the Kalmar Nyckel will be at its dock in town, but we’re hoping it will be. If it is, an evening sail on the ship on the Christina River will take place.
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Saturday is a full day of sightseeing beginning with Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church and Hendrickson House Museum, located in one of the oldest stone houses in America. A short walk away on E. 7th Street we will visit Fort Christina and “The Rocks” at the First State National Historical Park, with the majestic New Sweden Monument created by famed Swedish sculptor, Carl Milles, and the landing site where the Swedes first stepped off the Kalmar Nyckel in 1638. Then it is off to Philadelphia on a tour bus where our first stop will be the National Historic Landmark Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church, including paying our respects at the traditional site of Peter Rambo’s grave. As part of the Rambo 375th Reunion, eight Rambo tree saplings have been donated to Gloria Dei for the churchyard and we will get to see them as a living memorial to Peter and Brita Rambo.
After lunch we will visit the nationally famous American Swedish Historical Museum, with the renowned gold “Map Room” and fascinating New Sweden Gallery in addition to displays covering many subjects. Remember to take a look at the second floor landing of the grand staircase. The Executive Director’s office is dedicated to Peter Gunnarson Rambo! On ASHM grounds are two mature Rambo trees.
Saturday evening will be our traditional banquet in our hotel’s banquet room.
Sunday, June 12
The main event on Sunday will begin with the Swedish Colonial Society’s Open House and Dedication of the New Sweden Farmstead at its new location in Governor Printz Park, Tinicum, Pa. Through the generosity of a donation, a professional videotape will be produced and it will include audience interview samplings with as many family and friends as possible. At the Farmstead, there will be displays, cooking and blacksmith demonstrations and all cabins will be open to visit. The keynote speakers are Ronald S. Beatty, author of the five volume “Rambo Family Tree, 2nd edition” and Society Genealogist the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Forde Beatty who will have two topics, “Brita and the Women of New Sweden” and the Society’s DNA project.
Following the wedding ceremony and talks by various organization leaders, we’ll board our tour bus for a short ride to the Independence Mall area in downtown Philadelphia to tour the Museum of the American Revolution, Independence Hall in which both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted and the Liberty Bell Center.
After we’ve finished touring the historical sites on Independence Mall, we’ll take our tour bus back to the DoubleTree Hotel in Wilmington where dinner will be on your own.
Monday, June 13
Monday is a traveling day back home for everyone, but for those who don’t have to head off to an early flight out of Philadelphia International Airport, breakfast one last time with your cousins in the hotel restaurant before we say good-bye until our next family gathering, wherever it may be.
Fort Christina Park and the Carl Miles New Sweden Monument
The Kalmar Nyckel ship at dock in Wilmington
Old Swedes Church and Graveyard
American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Wilmington will be our reunion hotel headquarters once again. We stayed here at our last reunion in 2017. Here is a link to our discounted room rates under the auspices of the Swedish Colonial Society (membership not required).
Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard.
Our TSS Brick is embedded in the pavement out front!
The Swedish Colonial Society held an open house at the new Farmstead Cabins at Governor Printz Park in Tinicum, Pennsylvania in June of 2021.
Gloria Dei, Old Swedes Church and Graveyard in Philadelphia
Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia
Independence Hall, Philadelphia