American Swedish Historical Museum

Creatively Speaking
6:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Renowned Swedish-Born Artist Honored

Sculptor Claes Oldenburg

In 1638, decades before William Penn and his fellow Quakers arrived in Pennsylvania, a small group of Swedish settlers founded the “New Sweden Colony” along the banks of the Delaware River.

Today, traces of Philadelphia’s Swedish heritage are easy to find. For instance, take the city’s flag, which, with its three vertical stripes of blue, gold and blue, strongly resembles Sweden’s national flag. 

Swedish and Swedish-American cultural, heritage and traditions are preserved and promoted by the American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia. And as WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the museum is honoring a well-known living Swedish-American artist with strong ties to Philadelphia.


Creatively Speaking
3:58 pm
Sat January 14, 2012

Beethoven & Phila. Orchestra--Soprano Ailyn Perez on the Rise--American Swedish Historical Museum

Susan Lewis explores the life and music of Beethoven, whose music continues to enthrall modern audiences, and is now featured in three weeks of programs at The Philadelphia Orchestra.

David Patrick Stearns reports on the rise and rise of Ailyn Perez. The soprano, whose career began in Philadelphia, recently starred in the Royal Opera House's production of La Traviata.

Eric Brannon takes us to the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
12:57 pm
Sat June 4, 2011

Philadelphia's American Swedish Historical Museum--Pianist Helene Grimaud--Hedgerow Theater

Helene Grimaud

Ahead of a royal visit and the opening of a new gallery space, Eric Brannon takes us to the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia.

Jim Cotter speaks with French pianist Helene Grimaud.

Susan Lewis profiles Hedgerow Theater in suburban Philadelphia, which has been forging its own unique artistic path since 1923.

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Creatively Speaking
10:33 am
Sat October 17, 2009

Bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa--Brandenberg Concertos by Tempesta di Mare--Amer. Swedish Hist. Museum

Daniel Matsukawa is Principal Bassoon with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jim Cotter speaks with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa. He's the soloist this week for performances of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto at the Kimmel Center.

Susan Lewis considers performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos by Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia-based Baroque orchestra.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

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Creatively Speaking
11:38 am
Fri August 14, 2009

Marcel Duchamp--American Swedish Historical Museum--Nat'l Constitution Center Exhibition

An exhibition about Marcel Duchamp?s enigmatic assemblage ?tant donn?s: 1. La chute d?eau, 2. Le gaz d??clairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas) 1946-1966, is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until November 29th.

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, the curator of a new Marcel Duchamp exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Susan Lewis takes us to an exhibition at the National Constitution Center that explores the ways American architects are using recycled materials to address social issues.

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Creatively Speaking
9:34 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Actor Yves Jacques--Philadelphia's Swedish Origins--Community-Based Public Art--Composer David Lang

Jim Cotter speaks with French-Canadian actor Yves Jacques. He stars in the East Coast premiere of Robert Lepage's latest one-man show, The Andersen Project.

Jason Peifer explores Philadelphia's Swedish origins with a visit to the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Susan Lewis explores the power of community-based public art in a newly completed Fairmount Park Art Association project in North Philadelphia.

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