About Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation
The Historic Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Preservation Corporation (HGDPC) has been 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.
Care and Restoration programs for HGDPC
Grounds and Church Yard
Situated in the middle of a National Park, the Gloria Dei graveyard has been in continuous use since the early 1700’s and is one of the oldest burial grounds in Philadelphia. We seek to restore the church yard to an earlier point in history, increasing the historical accuracy of the environment, repair and preserve grave stones that have decayed due to extreme age, the ravages of an urban environment, and some very old damage caused by vandalism.
Gloria Dei is over 300 years old and so are many of the trees. Imagine the changes they have seen — from colonization to the birth of our nation. They need your help to stay healthy and to continue as our witnesses of history as it unfolds.
Repairs and Improvements
Gloria Dei supports the community with space for programs and cultural performances. This living space needs improvements in the heating, electrical and plumbing to newer technologies for greater efficiency. Further, the Board has set goals to reduce our carbon footprint, increase the number of restroom facilities, and add handicap accessibility.