The Swedish Historical Society of Rockford was established in 1938 by a group from Rockford after visiting the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Swedes in North America. This celebration was held in Delaware, where once there was a Swedish colony. The Society was officially formed on January 31, 1939 and incorporated in Illinois as a not-for-profit corporation on November 29, 1950.
The Swedish Historical Society is organized exclusively for historical, educational, and charitable purposes. In harmony with this purpose is the operation of the Erlander Home Museum and the preservation of Swedish-American history and culture of Rockford through such activities as the conservation of artifacts, museum displays and educational programs.
Swedish Historical Society of Rockford, IL continues to host events to promote Swedish history and culture. Please check out our news and events and participate, as a spectator, participant, or an SHS volunteer.
- Swedish Crayfish Party
- Midsommar Fest!
- Camp Sweden
Welcome to Camp Sweden! A Scandinavian cultural adventure for children
July 27-31, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Press Conference May 30, 2015: Johnson Estate Leaves $1.5M to Swedish Historical Society
SHS Board with Laverne Larson, care taker and life long friend of Conrad Johnson.
Laverne Larson, care taker and life long friend of Conrad Johnson.
Linnea Bengtsson, SHS Board Member, reading a letter from Tidaholm´s Mayor Anna-Karin Skatt and Executive Director Eva Thelin. Conrad originates from Tidaholm, in the County of Skaraborg, Sweden.
SHS Board President, Mike Lunde speaking at the press conference.
Rockford Register Star, May 31, 2015.
- How did your family arrive in Rockford from Sweden (video made by RACVB)
- Photos from Nordic Cultural Center Ribbon cutting (April 25, 2015)