Heritage Center New Sweden Heritage Center

12809 New Sweden Church Road
Manor, Texas 78653
(512) 281-0056
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The First Annual New Sweden Heritage Center May Fest was held May 3, 2014. It was established to create awareness of the Swedish heritage in the area and to generate interest in the ongoing plans for the Heritage Center. Those plans include renovation of the newly acquired Peterson/Newquist house and creation of a museum and learning center.
Dinner tables are decorated in Swedish colors.

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Tour the Heritage Center with members of the Church Committee who are available to answer your question on the restoration of the house.
  • Visit the 1st annual featured group of FIVE FAMILIES who will share with you their roots on descendants from the 1870s Swedish pioneers in Knights Ranch and New Sweden. See pictures of the churches and the places in Sweden today where these pioneer families lived.
  • View the wonderful Christian art available for your enjoyment and purchase.
  • Stroll through the silent auction and bid on your own favorite items that come directly from Sweden.
  • Visit with your friends and enjoy the countryside.
  • Enjoy the fun and games area for children.

VAR SÅ GOD (Please come)
5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  • Invocation by Pastor Hans Lillejord
  • Line up, get your plate and enjoy a delicious, traditional Swedish meal. Enter your ticket with your name, address, phone number, and email to win the attendance prize: a very special keepsake item from Småland, Sweden.
  • Listen to the sounds of beautiful accordion music as you enjoy your meal and visit.
  • Take your time and enjoy your dessert and coffee!

MUSIK OCH SÅNG (Music and Singing)
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on the grounds singing
  • Brief introduction and presentations including the wooden Immigrant Trunk of C. J. Peterson that will be used as one of the education tools in the Heritage Center.
  • Join in singing our National Anthem, then the Swedish National Anthem.
  • Enjoy special songs shared by our New Sweden Singers.
  • Everyone can sing-a-long with a group of our favorites singers lead by Leland Lundgren (handouts provided in English and Swedish.)
  • Close with our Heritage Center theme song, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS.
  • Don't forget to pick up your silent auction treasures!

KOM TILLBAKA NÄSTA ÅR (Come back next year!)
Food preparation takes many hands.
Homemade Swedish Meatballs,
Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans,
Homemade Swedish Rye Bread,
Swedish Torte
Lingonberry Punch and Coffee.

The Silent Auction of Swedish items is set up in the Pavillion.
Guest book and welcoming committee in the newly wallpapered foyer of the Heritage House.

Learning about your family and where you fit in. History is fun.
Display of Swedish Home Churches of the American Pioneers.
Meeting new people, visiting with old friends and enjoying delicious Swedish food.
The 104-foot steeple of New Sweden Lutheran Church stands above the country-side."
Swedish Heritage House as it stands in 2014.
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