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.



 Swedish Heritage Night with the Ice Hogs 

BMO Harris Bank Center
300 Elm Street Rockford, Illinois 61101
Fri, Feb 9, 7:00 PM
$15 per person

Come celebrate Swedish Heritage in Rockford with the IceHogs! The Rockford IceHogs will take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:00 pm at the BMO Harris Bank Center!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our Events page.   We would love to see you there!


Cultural Events

Camp Sweden
Movie Night
Glögg & Pepparkakor


Erlander Home

Museum Tours by appointment only

Call 815-963-5559 for your tour.

Please allow one week advance notice.

$7.00 admission for non members.