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 one week advance notice.

$5.00 admission for non members.

  • Lucia Concert, December 1st at 7:00 PM

    Join us for a traditional Lucia concert at First Lutheran Church, located at 225 S. Third Street on December 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM. This annual event brings the holiday spirit with traditional Swedish songs and candlelit processional. 

    Visit the events page for more details! 

  • Julmarknad , December 2nd from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM

    Continue the holiday spirit with our annual Julmarknad! This year, the Julmarknad will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, located at 3300 Rural St on December 2nd from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM.

    Visit the events page for more details!