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

  • Reception: "Viking Economics"

    Reception for George Lakey

    September 25th from 6-8 pm

    SHS is proud to welcome George Lakey , author of "Viking Economics - How the Scandinavians Got It Right and We Can Too"  for a reception at the Nordic Cultural Center on the evening of Monday, September 25th.

    Mr. Lakey is on a whirlwind book tour and you will have a chance to a bit about his book and latest exploits!

    This is a free admission event  with light refreshments provided.
    If you wish to hear his full presentation, he will be speaking at the Nordlof Center on Monday, 9/25 at noon and then again at Katie's Cup Tuesday, 9/26, at 9:00 am.
  • Swanson Tours 

    September 23rd at 6:00 pm

    Come for fellowship, food and farm fun with Swanson tour group on September 23rd at 6:00 pm. The event will be held at the Carlson farm located at 8030 Clikeman Rd Rockford, IL 61101. This family fun event will be an evening to remember! 

    • Activities will include 
      • Hay Ride
      • Feed baby goats and Chickens
      • Play Kubb
      • Music
    • Dinner will be served in the Barn
    • Cost is $10 per person/ $5 for children.
    • RSVP’s are due by Wednesday, September 20th
      • Please call 815-963-5559
  • 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!!