Swedish Historical Society

Swedish Historical Society SHS 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 Nordic culture of Rockford
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. SHS social media posts are to help share and raise awareness of events and information related to Sweden and the United States. Sharing or posting of things are not an endorsement rather informational and educational.
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Swedish Historical Society of Rockford Tours of the Erlander Home Museum by appointment only Requires one week advance notice Admission is $7 for non-members

Mission: Celebrating Swedish culture past, present and future.

02/11/2020
Swedish Spoon

We will take 100 please! 🇸🇪🇱🇷😋

It is a bit tricky to pipe whipped cream in stop motion 🙈 You don't have to add this much, but we won't tell anyone if you do 😏

Swedish Historical Society's cover photo
02/10/2020

Swedish Historical Society's cover photo

Emma Korjonen, new International Business Developer in the Lidköping, Skaraborg (Sweden) and Rockford (USA) partnership ...
02/06/2020

Emma Korjonen, new International Business Developer in the Lidköping, Skaraborg (Sweden) and Rockford (USA) partnership has started her employment🇸🇪🇱🇷

Korjonen has started her employment working half time on-site in Lidköping, Sweden. Korjonen is currently a business student at University of Skövde and studied at Rockford University last year. Korjonen graduates in June and will begin her employment full-time and move to Rockford, and serve as the key liaison between the two regions and countries.

Linnea Bengtsson, who moved back to Sweden last summer, after 11 years in Rockford, have extended her employment with the city of Lidköping till mid-June. In her new role International Business Director, Bengtsson will on-site in Sweden, work closely with Korjonen, with the transition, the visa process and make virtual introductions to Rockford and Midwest area. Bengtsson will serve as a mentor and lead the work with developing the new partnership agreement with the Rockford Region. The initial partnership agreement was signed in 2006, and serves as a customized trans-Atlantic navigation and networking tool, assisting companies and organizations to grow locally by working globally.

For more information contact: [email protected]

Pictured: Emma Korjonen and Linnea Bengtsson

01/31/2020
Dezeen

A beautiful way to enjoy each part of your commute🇸🇪!

Rombout Frieling lab and Research Institutes Sweden have built a bus stop with suspended timber pods, turning waiting for the bus into a meditative experience.

Congrats Gary!!!!🇺🇸🇸🇪
01/24/2020

Congrats Gary!!!!🇺🇸🇸🇪

Congrats to our Citizen of the Year, Gary Anderson of Gary W. Anderson Architects!!

Our Citizen of the Year sponsor is Woodward- thank you!

01/09/2020

Did you get your korv fix during the holidays? Did you miss our sale at Julmarknad? Fear not!

Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries has 150 pounds remaining. To celebrate the new year, they are offering a BOGO!
Buy one pound at $6 and get a second pound free🎉

To order more, please email: [email protected]

It's been a month since our Julmarknad and we are so grateful for all the wonderful memories that were created ! Thanks ...
01/07/2020

It's been a month since our Julmarknad and we are so grateful for all the wonderful memories that were created ! Thanks to 95.3 The BULL for stopping by and capturing such great moments 🎁🎄🎉🇸🇪!

Hanging with The Swedish Historical Society of #Rockford this morning...#GodJul y'all...

Very proud to have our Lucia children showcase Swedish culture and participate in the New Years Around the World program...
01/06/2020
Burpee Museum Rings In The World's New Years

Very proud to have our Lucia children showcase Swedish culture and participate in the New Years Around the World program at Burpee Museum of Natural History 🎉🇸🇪!!

https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/burpee-museum-rings-worlds-new-years?fbclid=IwAR3ilUpydO4NWdGarqDX8SVt2-DpnaFjx2Pd3uRsJZ9cAJGxqe6HykksQHk

It's still 2019 in Illinois, but Burpee Museum of Natural History started celebrating a different country's new year every hour starting at 10:00 a.m. on

12/30/2019

Post from swedense :

Around this time, a lot of Swedes return home after spending Christmas with relatives. #SwedishExpressionOfTheDay means 'Away is good, but home is best'. You know it, that feeling when you open the door to your own home after you've been away, put down your bags and throw yourself on the sofa, feet up – that feeling. It's not just a Swedish thing, is it?

Photo: Hans Strand/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6qD_-Rizxl/?igshid=99chpydcv276

God jul och gott nytt år from the Swedish Historical Society🎄🎁🇸🇪
12/24/2019

God jul och gott nytt år from the Swedish Historical Society🎄🎁🇸🇪

A traditional meme in traditional times :-D 🇸🇪🇺🇸
12/20/2019

A traditional meme in traditional times :-D 🇸🇪🇺🇸

The Erlander Home Museum and Nordic Cultural Center  will be CLOSED for the holiday season from December 21st– January 1...
12/20/2019

The Erlander Home Museum and Nordic Cultural Center will be CLOSED for the holiday season from December 21st– January 1st.

The museum and office will re open on January 2nd, 2020. See you in the new year!

Looking for a last minute gift idea? Try gifting a Swedish Historical Society membership to someone special this holiday...
12/18/2019
Membership

Looking for a last minute gift idea? Try gifting a Swedish Historical Society membership to someone special this holiday season!

Your gifted membership will help us continue to provide exhibits and programming as we carry on our work of keeping Swedish culture and history alive in Rockford! 🎄🎁🇸🇪

https://www.swedishhistorical.org/membership.html

Your membership entitles you to: Free admission to the Erlander Home Museum during posted hours. 10% discount off purchases in the Erlander Home Museum gift shop. Reciprocal...

A HUGE thank you to all the vendors, volunteers, committee members and Lucia children/ families,that made this year's Ju...
12/12/2019

A HUGE thank you to all the vendors, volunteers, committee members and Lucia children/ families,that made this year's Julmarknad a success!!

With almost 400 visitors, we are so proud to carry on this tradition year after year!🎄🎉🇸🇪🎁

God jul och gott nytt år!!

Stockholm Inn Bella Luna Bakery

12/11/2019
🇸🇪Greta Thunberg is Time ‘person of the year’
12/11/2019

🇸🇪Greta Thunberg is Time ‘person of the year’

Swedish Historical Society's cover photo
12/10/2019

Swedish Historical Society's cover photo

Today is the day for our annual Julmarknad! Join us from 9:00am-1:00pm today at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.Come and enj...
12/07/2019

Today is the day for our annual Julmarknad! Join us from 9:00am-1:00pm today at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

Come and enjoy Scandinavian foods including pancakes from Stockholm Inn and korv for sale, get your Swedish baked goods for your holiday table as well as Scandinavian gifts from several vendors or even our own MorMor's Attic sale with holiday treasures !
🇸🇪️🌟🎄

#RockfordisSwedish #CelebratetheSwedishway #godjul #julmarknad #gorockford

https://www.swedishhistorical.org/lucia--julmarknad.html

The Lucia celebration has begun!🕯🎄🇸🇪
12/07/2019

The Lucia celebration has begun!🕯🎄🇸🇪

Join us for our Lucia performance tomorrow, December 6th at 7:00 PM and First Lutheran Church, located at 225 S 3rd St.S...
12/05/2019

Join us for our Lucia performance tomorrow, December 6th at 7:00 PM and First Lutheran Church, located at 225 S 3rd St.

Sankta Lucia Dag, or Santa Lucia Day, has a long and storied history in Sweden🇸🇪. In Sweden, Lucia day is celebrated during the darkest time of the year, allowing for Lucia (clad in white and adorned with a crown of candles) to bring light to a dark world and usher in the Christmas season.

Admission is free and we hope to see you there! God Jul!🎄

11/27/2019

The Erlander Home Museum and Swedish Historical Society offices will be closed November 27-29th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We will reopen on Monday, December 2nd for regular business hours.

11/26/2019

Are you planning on shopping online this holiday season?🎁

When you shop Black Friday deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7039583, AmazonSmile donates to Swedish Historical Society of Rockford!

It is an easy one-step way to help support the Swedish Historical Society and continue celebrating Swedish culture of the past, present and future🇸🇪🎄

Although not celebrated in Sweden, we all would like to wish you a very Glad Thanksgiving from the Swedish Historical So...
11/25/2019

Although not celebrated in Sweden, we all would like to wish you a very Glad Thanksgiving from the Swedish Historical Society!

Perhaps try some lingonberries with the turkey this year?

11/22/2019

On December 7th from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm the Swedish Historical Society will be hosting our annual Julmarknad.🇸🇪🎄🎁

It takes many hands and two days of preparations to make this event happen! We cannot make this event possible without volunteers, so....

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Volunteers are needed in these areas:

Set Up Team
* December 6th from 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM
* December 7th 7:00 AM- 9:00 AM

Bakery
* December 6th from 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM
* December 7th from 8:30 AM -11:30 AM
* December 7th 11:30 AM -1:30 PM

MorMor's Attic
* December 6th from 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM
* December 7th from 8:30 AM -11:30 AM
* December 7th from 11:30 AM -1:30 PM

Kaffe Stugan
* December 7th from 8:30 AM -11:30 AM
* December 7th from 11:30 AM -1:30 PM

Clean Up Team
* December 7th from 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM

If you would like to help with any of these areas and time slots, please contact the museum at 815-963-5559 or email [email protected]

🇸🇪Lagom🇸🇪
11/21/2019

🇸🇪Lagom🇸🇪

❤️

11/20/2019
U.S. Embassy in Sweden

Watch as newly arrived U.S. Ambassador Ken Howery introduces himself, gets his first experiences of Sweden and talks about his goals for his time as ambassador.

Watch as newly arrived U.S. Ambassador Ken Howery introduces himself, gets his first experiences of Sweden and talks about his goals for his time as ambassador.

🇸🇪The Dala horse🇸🇪
11/17/2019
The Story of the Dala Horse | World Heritage Journeys of Europe

🇸🇪The Dala horse🇸🇪

During the 19th century, it became custom to paint the wooden horses with richly coloured floral patterns, similar to the Dalecarlian paintings that decorated furniture and interior walls. Those who travelled around the country to sell products of the cottage industry—like baskets, grindstones, an...

We are proud to partner with the Swedish American Museum in our reciprocal memberships. Check out some of their holiday ...
11/16/2019

We are proud to partner with the Swedish American Museum in our reciprocal memberships. Check out some of their holiday events coming up this season, to make sure to make the most of this sverige jul ❄️🎁🎄🇸🇪

11/16/2019

Don't forget! 🎁🤶

Mormor's Attic drop off is TODAY at the Erlander Home Museum from 9:00am -12:00pm !

Astrid Lindgren would had turned 112 years old today.
11/14/2019

Astrid Lindgren would had turned 112 years old today.

☕️☕️☕️Fika anyone? :-D ☕️☕️☕️
11/13/2019

☕️☕️☕️Fika anyone? :-D ☕️☕️☕️

Sweden is the No3 Coffee Drinking Nation in the World! ☕️☕️☕️

Chart by Statista.com

❄️has arrived❄️🇸🇪🇺🇸
11/12/2019

❄️has arrived❄️🇸🇪🇺🇸

Swedish Historical Society's cover photo
11/12/2019

Swedish Historical Society's cover photo

🇸🇪🇺🇸BIG thanks/tack så mycket to our friends at the Honorary Consulate of Sweden Chicago, for posting this🇸🇪🇺🇸
11/07/2019
Honorary Consulate of Sweden Chicago

🇸🇪🇺🇸BIG thanks/tack så mycket to our friends at the Honorary Consulate of Sweden Chicago, for posting this🇸🇪🇺🇸

🚗 Swedish Road Trip Destination in the Midwest: Rockford, IL 🚗
Rockford is the third largest city in the state of Illinois, and one with a long history of Swedish heritage. Located 1,5 h west of Chicago, Rockford has restaurants like Stockholm Inn and the Swedish Pancake House - offering delicious Swedish dishes. Another popular destination is the Erlander Home Museum, located in the home of John and IngaStina Erlander. The Museum has a uniquely Swedish atmosphere and provides a good insight into what a Swedish-American home in the late 1800s could look like. Operated by the Swedish Historical Society, the Museum is open Tuesday through Friday by appointment only. Not surprisingly, Rockford is also big on celebrating Swedish traditions; Midsummer, St. Lucia, and Julmarknad to mention some. For anyone wanting to experience and learn about the Swedish-American culture, Rockford is definitely worth a visit.
Route suggestion: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Chicago,+IL/Rockford,+IL/@42.0326502,-88.9223064,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x880e2c3cd0f4cbed:0xafe0a6ad09c0c000!2m2!1d-87.6297982!2d41.8781136!1m5!1m1!1s0x8808b9cdfd0300db:0xacad897828f6780!2m2!1d-89.0939952!2d42.2711311!3e0

Sources: https://www.swedishhistorical.org/
https://www.stockholminn.com
https://rockfordil.gov/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockford,_Illinois

It's that time again! We are accepting donations for the  MorMor's Attic sale at Julmarknad!Celebrate Julmarknad with a ...
11/06/2019

It's that time again! We are accepting donations for the MorMor's Attic sale at Julmarknad!

Celebrate Julmarknad with a donation of holiday items
– a great fundraiser for the Swedish Historical Society -

We accept clean, undamaged, quality items for re-sale during Julmarknad on December 7th. We especially would like any of the following

• Any and all holiday items of Scandinavian heritage – in good shape
• Unique and interesting items that would make good gifts in the mid-price range
• Any antique or vintage items (kitchen, Christmas stockings, ornaments, collectibles (no Dept 56 lighted houses, please)
• Any art-related items (pottery, stained glass, woodworking, sculptures)
• Nature-related items – bird houses, wood or metal birds, nests, eggs, etc.
• Old quilts, cloth or lace tablecloths, holiday tablecloths– not torn or stained
• Recipe books in very good shape
• Colored glass items
• Named kitchenware – Pyrex, Corning ware, Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, Cephalon, Le Creuset, etc.

We will be advertising this as an Estate Sale on the related websites, so if you love to estate sale, you understand the quality of items we are seeking! Things that don’t do well include china, glassware and silver, sadly enough.

We will be accepting items on Saturday, Nov. 16th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Erlander Home Museum, located at 404 S. Third St., Rockford, 61104. Thank you so much for any donations you can give us!!

10/31/2019

Enjoying this peaceful snowfall at the Nordic Cultural Center looking onto the beautiful Erlander Home Museum in Haight Village Historic District🍂🌨❄

🇸🇪🇺🇸Throwback Thursday to one out of several visiting Lidköping nursing students & faculty delegations at the Erlander H...
10/31/2019

🇸🇪🇺🇸Throwback Thursday to one out of several visiting Lidköping nursing students & faculty delegations at the Erlander Home Museum...Can you guess the word/name?🇸🇪🇺🇸

Rockford Rewind
10/31/2019

Rockford Rewind

Carl Severin on top of the boulder in the 1960s before it was used as the boulder that marks the spot where the pioneers and settlers crossed the rocky ford. The boulder came from a farm of Frank Truman’s off of route 75 near Rockton. Carl Severin was born in Sweden, he was a superintendent at Rockford Products. Carl was a member of the Swedish Historical Society. The Rockford Historical Society derived from the Swedish Historical Society.

The other photo is Carl Severin’s family
50 years later where the boulder has a plaque and used as a historical marker, today.

The boulder was said to be from the glacial time period. It was placed at this historic site in 1964. It had gone untouched for 50 years since the original plaque was stolen from the boulder in 1969.

10/24/2019

Join the Rockford Historical Society, Rockford Rewind and Swedish Historical Society for a dedication ceremony to celebrate the replacement of a plaque that marks the Rocky Ford that was used to cross the Rock River. Where: Race St at the pedestrian bridge near Fordham Dam.

The ceremony will include many of the aspects of the original ceremony that took place 54 years ago on this date. The monument was originally dedicated to mark the ford that early pioneers used as a bridge to cross the Rock River. The marker was a joint effort between the RHS and SHS on October 28th, 1965. The project chairman was Carl Severin who later donated his land to create Midway Village and Museum. The original plaque with the inscription written by Mr. Severin was stolen some time ago and the monument was long forgotten. Research had been started by Rockford Historical Society past Editor Carol Fox in 2016 but it wasn’t until Crystal Ball; creator of the page Rockford Rewind posted a picture of the monument on her page that there was enough momentum to replace the missing plaque. This dedication would not be possible if not for the efforts of Ms. Ball to restore a part of Rockford’s past.

#goRockford #Rockfordhistory #founders

10/23/2019
US National Archives

Join the US National Archives for a free, virtual Genealogy Fair on YouTube going on NOW! 🇸🇪🇺🇸

Every year, the National Archives hosts a free, virtual Genealogy Fair on YouTube. These sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Join thousands of family historians participating during the live event--ask your questions here in the comments or on YouTube. For a schedule, downloadable hand outs, and more information, go to https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair

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404 S 3rd St Rockford, IL, 61104
Rockford, IL
61104-2013

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Swedish Historical Society of Rockford Tours by appointment only Requires one week advance notice for tours.

Admission is $7 for non-members.

Please call 815-963-5559 or email [email protected]