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 June 16 & 17
  • We welcome your sponsorship

    Dear Friend,

    As spring inches closer, we are deep into our plans to celebrate the Longest Day of Summer with our annual “Midsommar Festival” on the grounds of the Erlander Home Museum and Nordic Cultural Center, amidst the Historic Haight Village of Rockford on Friday Evening and throughout the day Saturday, June 16 and 17. 

    This Scandinavian Festival has been celebrated in Rockford for the past 77 years and throughout the Scandinavian Countries for thousands of years! There are many traditions that one would recognize on both continents; Festive music, Nordic Dancers, Scandinavian foods, games and activities for children, vendors…the list goes on throughout the day on Saturday. Additionally there will be a vintage Volvo show! 

    This year’s event kicks off Friday evening with an ABBA Tribute band from Chicago. The opening act will be a local band, Radio Shine. Doors open at 4:30, with the Music starting at 6-10. You can also enjoy Grilled Food and Lingonberry beer from the Prairie Street Brewhouse.

    The downtown of Rockford is becoming REVITALIZED, and along with that, our connection to that area is near. Our Campus is blocks away from the New Downtown UW Sports Factory to the west and the newly refurbished 7th Street area to the east. This entire Midtown District was once home to so many of the Scandinavian families that settled here well over a hundred years ago.

    As we plan to celebrate this year’s Midsommar Festival, we are once again looking for sponsors to enhance and help keep alive the traditions that have flavored the Rockford area. These sponsorships include advertising, VIP passes and more. Please consider the enclosed Sponsorship Information or contact Jane (jeburden@yahoo.com/815-988-2247) for further information.

    We appreciate your consideration and hope you will become a part of this great tradition!

    Sincerely,

    The SHS Board of Trustees

     

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    SHS Midsommar- 2017 -Vikings to Volvos

     

    Tre-Konor/Three Crowns Event Sponsor-$5000.00

    • Company logo displayed on our banner as Event Sponsor
    • 25 tickets to the evening concert
    • $250.00 in food tickets for your enjoyment throughout the event
    • A. announcements throughout the event from the main stage

    Gold and Blue Sponsor-$2000.00

    • Company logo displayed on our banner as Sponsor
    • 12 tickets to the evening concert
    • $100.00 in food tickets for your enjoyment throughout the event
    • A. announcements throughout the event from the main stage

    Nobel Prize Sponsor-$1000.00

    • Company logo displayed on our banner as Sponsor
    • 8 tickets to the evening concert
    • $50.00 in food tickets for your enjoyment throughout the event
    • A. announcements throughout the event from the main stage

    Erlander Sponsor-$500.00

    • Company logo displayed on our banner as Sponsor
    • 6 tickets to the evening concert
    • $25.00 in food tickets for your enjoyment throughout the event
    • A. announcements throughout the event from the main stage

    Lingonberry Sponsor-$250.00

    • Company logo displayed on our banner as Sponsor
    • 4 tickets to the evening concert
    • $15.00 in food tickets for your enjoyment throughout the event
    • A. announcements throughout the event from the main stage

    Please contact us with your interest in support as quickly as possible, as we wish to get all names on our banners and info. Please contact Jane Jensen Burden at jeburden @yahoo.com or at 815-988-2247 to confirm your sponsorship and get your logo design in for our banner. Information and Sponsorships need to be received by June 10th.

    Sponsorship checks are made payable to Swedish Historical Society, 404 S. Third St., Rockford, IL 61104