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 at the Doubletree Hotel-Downtown Wilmington where reunion attendees will receive their reunion logo polo shirts and tote bags along with printed programs of the weekend's activities. There will be plenty of time for socializing and getting reacquainted with cousins Stidham* cousins and Rambo families, here for their reunion also.
Saturday, June 11, 2022
We will begin the day with a charter bus ride North to the American Swedish Historical Museum at FDR Park in South Philly. After touring that fine Museum, we'll take our charter busses a short ride over to Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church and graveyard in Philadelphia.
After seeing the church and walking the grounds of the graveyard, we'll eat our box lunches in the church's parish hall. When we've finish lunch, we'll board our charter busses again and head back down to the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard to tour that facility. Unfortunately, the ship will be away from port off in Norfolk, VA. When we're finished there, we'll walk next door to Fort Christina National Historic Park to see "The Rocks" and the Carl Milles New Sweden Monument. From there, we'll walk a few short blocks to Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church and graveyard in Wilmington. Also on the church grounds is the Hendrickson House Museum of New Sweden History. When we've finished touring the church and its grounds, we'll board the busses for the short ride back to the DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown Wilmington.
Saturday evening will be our banquet with special guest speaker, The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Forde, Genealogist of the Swedish Colonial Society, who will talk about the New Sweden DNA Project at Family Tree DNA, of which members of the Timen Stiddem Society are participants of.
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.
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