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.

  • Oct 11: Trip to Bishop Hills

  • Thank you!

    THANK YOU for making 2017 Crayfish Party the best yet! We were so happy to see new and returning faces for this annual event. The night was filled with toasts, singing, new friendships, memberships and of course CRAYFISH! 

    Thank you again to our generous sponsors Richard & Phyllis Brynteson, Artale & Co., and Rockford Roasting Co. 

    We cannot wait to see you next year!!