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 Nordic Cultural Center. SHS strives for the preservation of Swedish-American history and Nordic culture of Rockford through such activities as the conservation of artifacts, museum displays and educational programs.
Beginning in 1852, and peaking around the 1880's, Swedes came to Rockford by the thousands to seek their fortunes. They were part of the mass migration that eventually brought 60 million people to these shores. They reflected in their journeys the hopes and fears of other immigrant groups. They came to escape poverty, to enjoy freedom of expression, to participate in the political process, to worship (or not) and sometimes simply find adventure*.
*excerpt from SwedeTown by John Lundin
The 152-year-old Erlander Home is the heart and soul of the Swedish Historical Society and it desperately needs our help!
Condensation discovered this spring in the Museum’s basement could lead to significant issues if not addressed!
We’ve set up this campaign with a goal of $40,000 to cover the costs for this extensive project. With your help, Swedish Historical Society can reach this goal and help preserve and protect the Erlander Home's foundation.
If you have would like to help, visit the Erlander Home Basement Appeal Page!
During the winter months, our hours may vary at both the Erlander Home Museum and Nordic Cultural Center to ensure the safety of volunteers and visitors.
We will always post all closing information on our Facebook page located here: www.facebook.com/swedishhistoricalofrockford/
Please leave a message at 815-963-5559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions during any closure time. All phone messages and emails will be returned as soon as possible.
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Erlander Home Museum
404 S. 3rd Street,
Rockford, IL 61104
Nordic Cultural Center
327 S. 3rd Street,
Rockford, IL 61104