The Historic Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Preservation Corporation (HGDPC) was established to fund, support, and supervise the restoration, renovation, and ongoing maintenance of the Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church buildings, grounds, and graveyard so that future generations may share in this historic and architectural treasure.

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Sadly, the weather is not going to cooperate with our event so we have cancelled the History Mystery Bike (or Walk)!


Many thanks to our events sponsors: 

  • Jerry and Peggy Buescher
  • Tom Daley
  • Lucid Digital Designs
  • Alan and Joy Segal   
  • Materials Conservation
  • Bell’s Bike Shop
  • Quantum Think 



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Recent Blog Posts

May 8, 2017 |

Pvt. Jacob Jackson & The War of 1812

By A.William Bodine Director of the Pennsylvania Society of the War of 1812 Jacob Jackson was a native son of Pennsylvania and South Philadelphia in particular. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Jackson. Born in 1779, at age 33 Jacob joined the U.S. Navy and served as a Boatswain aboard the Little Adams and also the Scorpion with Capt. Jonathan Jones of the 1st Pennsylvania Militia directed by Col. Jeremiah Shappell. It is clear that Jacob had great courage because he served on only two of eighteen battle ships owned by the U.S. Navy compared to six hundred maned by the British whom the world recognized ruled the oceans. In fact, while...

April 6, 2017 |

Alexander Wilson

Teacher, Father of Ornithology (1749—May 24, 1831) Buried at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Alexander Wilson was born on July 6, 1766, in Paisley, Scotland. At the age of 13 he apprenticed in the weaving trade spending ten years as a weaver. He then began traveling about Scotland as a peddler and writing dialect poems, which he published. Discouraged by poverty and by political persecution because of some satires he wrote, he immigrated to America in 1794. Entirely self-educated, Alexander Wilson, supported himself as a teacher in the Philadelphia area. In 1802, he took charge of a school at Gray’s Ferry, near the home and gardens of William Bartram. William Bartram helped Alexander Wilson learn...

April 6, 2017 |

Peter Cruse

Ship Captain (1828 first conveyor of rubber in America) Peter Cruse was a captain in the old merchant man service, and traded in the West Indies and South American ports. He was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was at first in the Swedish Navy, having run away to sea, as so often the Swedish lovers of the Great Deep were apt to do. Being Anxious to go to America, his mother, who taught him the love of the Bible, which he learned to read at her knee, urged him if he went to America, to go where her cousin, Rev. Nicholas Collin, had long since settled. So Captain Cruse came to America, and Philadelphia....

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