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Tour of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and Burial Ground
February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) has arranged for an exclusive complimentary tour of historic Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and Burial Ground (916 S Swanson St.) at 12 noon on Sunday, February 4. Join us to explore the oldest church in Pennsylvania and learn how the Swedes developed New Sweden in the Philadelphia area – years before William Penn traveled here in 1682.
Historian and author Michael Schreiber will describe what the area now called Queen Village was like when the Swedes arrived. How they reacted later to the Quakers. And the legacy they left. He’ll also walk us through the church’s historic graveyard, and discuss how the surrounding area has changed.
Amy Grant, Board President of Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation, will also give a quick demo of their new self-guided tours app. It contains 82 biographical sketches of people who are buried at Gloria Dei, and they expect to have over 100 by the end of the year. Other features will be launched this spring.
Then, historian Jeanette Woehr will guide us through this church located “just two musket shots” from Penn’s Philadelphia. Some believe Gloria Dei is the oldest existing building William Penn ever stepped foot in. We’ll see suspended over the center aisle models of the two ships that brought these people 3,700 nautical miles from Sweden, a massive baptismal font, two cherubs with wings spreading above the Bible, and much more.
Join us to visit a unique, history-making church designated a National Historical Site in 1942, discuss some of its notable members, and find out how it almost burned down. APT thanks Director-at-Large Jim Murphy for organizing this special tour which is expected to last 2 hours. To register for this free tour, please email APT Vice President Mike Teti at with GLORIA DEI in the subject line.