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!
  • Thank you!!

    A BIG thank you to our members for attending our annual meeting last weekend.

    A BIG thank you to Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola from Jönköping, Sweden, for performing a wonderful concert for us. 

    A BIG thank you to all the families and individuals who hosted the visiting Swedish choir. 

    See more photos on our Facebook page: 

  • Save the date: June 18 MIDSOMMAR FEST