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.

  • Glögg & Pepparkakor Party

    Glögg & Pepparkakor Party

    An evening of Glögg, Saft, Appetizers and Music

    Join Us and Our Special Guests

    Honorary Consul General Gerd Sjögren


    Vice Consul Anna Engström Patel

    Sharing During The Party

    ”The Swedish Consulate in Chicago and You”


    WHEN:                     Wednesday, December 7, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    WHERE:                   Nordic Cultural Center 327 South Third Street

    COST:                      $10 members, $15 non-members

    RSVP:                      by Monday, December 5, to

                                     815 963 5559 or

    We are pleased to provide You as our existing or new member with the unique opportunity to recieve the following services provided by the Consulate, ”Levnadsintyg”, Co-ordination numbers, Certifications, Delivery of passports and driver licenses, one hour before the party from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Erlander Home Museum. Only available if RSVP in advance prior to December 2, to 312 781 6262 or


                                              VÄLKOMNA / WELCOME    

  • Swedish Historical Society wishes everyone a God Jul
  • Jultid with Swedish Historical