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
Midsommar
Camp Sweden
Movie Night
Glögg & Pepparkakor
Lucia
Julmarknad

 

Erlander Home
Museum


Museum Tours by appointment only

Call 815-963-5559 for your tour.

Please allow 48 hour advance notice.

$5.00 admission for non members.

  • MIDSOMMAR FEST June 18
  • Come on out to Glada Barn on Wednesdays!
  • Swedish Pancake Eating Contest at Midsommar!
  • Schedule for Midsommar!

    Schedule for Midsommar

    June 18, 2016

     

    MAIN STAGE

    9:00       Festival Opens

    10:00       Pancake-Eating Contest

    11:15       Svea Soner/Harmony Concert

    12:00       Raising of the Majstǻng, Participation Dancing

    1:00       Chicago Spelsmanslag

    2:00       Chicago Nordic Dancers

    3:00       Chicago Spelsmanslag

    4:00       Berg Holmgren

     

    Evening Event $10 Admission – Gates Open 4:30

     

    5:00       Kelly Steward & The Restless Kind

    6:30       Emily Hurd & Stone Blind Valentine

    8:00       Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts

     

    KIDS’ STAGE

     

    10:30       Mr. Steve Show

    1:30       Lois Peterson, Storyteller

    3:00       Mr. Steve Show

     

    Also watch for Mr. Steve Ballooning, Baffling Ben & his Magic Deck of Cards, and Pippi Longstocking!

     

    TOURS

     

    10:00       Erlander Home Museum, $5, members free

                         Gwen Wylie, Bobbin Lace Maker on the Porch

    1:45       Haight Village Architectural Tour with Gary Anderson

    3:45       Haight Village Architectural Tour with Gary Anderson

     

  • MIDSOMMAR FEST June 18