Events and Programs

The Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation sponsors lectures, panel discussions, concerts and other programs every year. Here are videos from some of our recent events.

Preserving Philadelphia

Senior Architectural Conservator Marco Federico discussed the restoration of Benjamin Franklin’s gravestone, repairing the Presbyterian Historical Society terracotta statues, and restoring Old Pine Church’s cast iron fence.

The Perils of the Sea

In Part II, Michael Schreiber shared his research into the lives and deaths of Philadelphia sea captains in the age of sail who were overcome by great hurricanes, succumbed to attacks by pirates, or who mysteriously disappeared in faraway waters.

Ask Us Anything

During this informal Q&A, we answered questions about this national historic site, its early congregants, and the surrounding neighborhood. The panelists were Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams, Jeanette Woehr, Michael Schreiber and Amy Grant. The discussion was moderated by Candace Roberts.

Philadelphia’s Early Maritime History

In Part I of this lecture series, Michael Schreiber described the period when the port of Philadelphia was the largest in North America, and over a hundred ocean-going sailing ships could be seen in the Delaware River on any given day.

A New Art With Us: Music in Colonial Philadelphia

Jack McCarthy traces the development of music in Philadelphia from early European settlement to the Revolutionary War, a period in which the city’s musical landscape went from barren to flourishing.

William Penn

The Amazing Success of Philly’s William Penn

Find out “How William Penn turned a ‘howling wilderness’ into America’s fastest growing city.” Author and tour guide Jim Murphy discusses what Philly was really like when William Penn got here in 1682.

Personal Memories of Fabric Row

Personal Memories of Fabric Row

On April 20, 2017, the Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation and Queen Village Neighbors Association hosted a panel discussion called “Personal Memories of Fabric Row.” The event featured several long-timers who lived and worked in “The Jewish Quarter.”

4th Annual Spirits & History

At our 4th Annual Spirits & History, guests enjoyed delectable treats by chefs Reuben Asaram and Cory Powell, stories about some of the artists buried here, and wonderful jazz music courtesy of The Jazz Sanctuary

Colonial Day at Old Swedes Church

On May 2, 2015, Old Swedes Church brought back Colonial Day, an event that was highly popular in the 1930s and 40s. In this re-imagining, we celebrated our Swedish and American Colonial history.

General History and Education

Jeanette Woehr

Why Gloria Dei is Special

Church historian Jeanette Woehr shares her personal journey with Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and explains why this property is worthy of preservation.

The First Gloria Dei

This the story behind the very first Gloria Dei Church, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dogwoods blooming

Spring at Gloria Dei

There is beauty to be found at Gloria Dei. This video features our churchyard in early spring of 2020. Many thanks to Matt Johanning for creating this.

Live Music

The Jazz Sanctuary 500th Event

Pre-COVID-19, The Jazz Sanctuary celebrated their 500th Event and created a 45-minute video compilation featuring 8 songs.

The Jazz Sanctuary Live

During the pandemic, the Jazz Sanctuary created a series of videos in a studio to replicate the live performance experience.

The Great American Songbook

The Jazz Sanctuary has created a video to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. It features vocalist Paula Johns and Lynn Riley on the alto sax.