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.

Cultural Events

Kubb Tournament
Camp Sweden
Movie Night
Glögg & Pepparkakor


Erlander Home

Museum Tours by appointment only

Call 815-963-5559 for your tour.

Please allow 48 hour advance notice.

$5.00 admission for non members.

  • Come on out to Glada Barn on Wednesdays!
  • Ingrid Bergman Film Fest!
  • Glögg & Pepparkakor
  • Lucia
  • Julmarknad
  • Upcoming Holiday Events

    November 22: ”Holiday Happening”

    What: Horse-drawn carriage rides and tours of three museums.

    Where: Begins at Tinker Swiss Cottage, Erlander Home and Ethnic Heritage Museum.

    Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Cost: $ 36 group of 4 or $ 12 / person. Free for children under the age of 5.

    December 4: Lucia Celebration Concert ”Festival of Light

    Where: First Lutheran Church, 325 South Third Street, Rockford

    Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information call Karen Hammarberg at 815-966-1218

    December 5: Julmarknad and Breakfast with Tomten

    What: Julmarknad, Breakfast with Tomten, Meatball Luncheon, Vendors and much more!

    Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 North 1st Street, Rockford

    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    RSVP for breakfast with Tomten: Karen Hammarberg 815 966 1218

    Information about Julmarknad: Sonya Beach 815 399 3737

    December 9: Glögg & Pepparkakor Party

    What: Enjoy mingle time, wine, glögg, saft and appetizers

    Where: Erlander Home Museum, 404 South Third Street, Rockford

    Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Cost: $ 10 members / $ 12 non-members

  • Welcome Tim Krumland, our new Site Manager


    My name is Tim Krumland.  I'm originally from Washington state, but I graduated from North Park University in Chicago this past May.  While in undergrad, my degrees were in history and Scandinavian studies. In terms of work, a form of public history, like museum work, has always interested me.  After interning at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, my path was narrowed.  I'm happy to be working at the Swedish Historical Society´s Erlander Home Museum as the Site Manager.  There are a lot of exciting things going on.  Please contact me at or (815)-963-5559 to set up a tour.