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.

  • KUBB Tournament

    6th Annual Rockford Swedish Historical Society Kubb Tournament in Rockford on Saturday, May 2, 2015!

    To register: send team name, numbers of players, contact email and phone number of contact to:

    $ 40 Entry fee (paid at tournament). 

    For more information please visit:


    Kubb is a very fun 1000 year old Viking lawn game that is rich in strategy and can be played by all ages and skill levels. The goal of the Stateline Kubb Club is to promote the sport throughout the Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois stateline region through club gatherings, clinics, and promoting tournaments. We look forward to growing the kubb community and seeing you on the pitch. Good kubbing!

  • Ribbon-cutting of the Nordic Cultural Center

  • 75th Anniversary of Swedish Historical Society Gala

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    6 - 8 p.m.
    Prairie Street Brewhouse
    200 Prairie St., Rockford, IL

    You are invited to join Swedish Historical Society for our 75th Anniversary Gala and the Swedish Council of America for their 40th Anniversary Gala. The event's Guest of Honor is Mr. Göran Lithell, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of Sweden.

    Registration is $95 per person. Registration required.

    6 - 7 p.m. | Social Hour & Silent Auction
    7 - 8 p.m. | Dinner with entertainment provided by Trio Enrici (Borgholm, Sweden)

    To register, contact Polly Olson at (815)282-0114 or