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 48 hour advance notice.

$5.00 admission for non members.

  • March events at Swedish Historical!

    Annual Meeting 2017.

    The annual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 19, 2:00pm at the Stockholm Inn.  This event is open to the membership at a cost of $10.00 per person.  Please come and enjoy a light meal while we review 2016, and discuss plans for 2017!  New members to the Swedish Historical board will be announced, and various awards will be handed out.  Please stay after the program for a presentation from Todd DeDecker, Executive Director of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  Todd will share the story of the Bishop Hill Colony, and discuss a Bishop Hill display coming to Swedish Historical.  Please call 815/963-5559, or email Tim Krumland to RSVP for the event.

    Swedish Heritage Night Icehogs Game

    Swedish Historical is excited to hold a Swedish Heritage Night at the Rockford Icehogs game on March 31st.  The game is at 7:00pm vs. the Texas Stars. There are currently eight Swedes playing for the Icehogs.  The night will include some good hockey, as well as the singing of the Swedish National Anthem, Swedish trivia, and various other interactive opportunities.  Following the game will be a meet and greet with the Swedish players.  The cost for the game is $15.00 per ticket.  Please call 815/963-5559 or email Tim Krumland at to register. Checks can be made out to Swedish Historical Society of Rockford, and mailed to 404 S. 3rd Street Rockford, IL 61104.

  • May 6: Rockford Swedish Historical Society Kubb Tournament

    Date: May 6th, 2017

    Location: Ingersoll Centennial Park, 315 S. First Street, Rockford, IL, 61104 (map)

    Register Here

    Kubb United is partnering with Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau,  Swedish Historical Society of Rockford and Gigi's Playhouse to present the 2017 Rockford Swedish Historical Society Kubb Tournament.  Concessions provided by Swedish Soul Fusion.

    The tournament will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Ingersoll Centennial Park.  Registration begins at 7:45AM and play starts at 9:00AM.  

  • Welcome 2017


  • Jultid with Swedish Historical