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.

05/05/2020
Små Grodorna (Little Frogs) – Sweden

Do you have small children home during this time? Why not practice this traditional Swedish song just in time for summer?🇸🇪☀️

Små Grodorna (Little Frogs)

https://bit.ly/2W9mlzD

Provided to YouTube by TuneCore Små Grodorna (Little Frogs) – Sweden · Wee Sing Wee Sing Around the World ℗ 2011 Early Bird Recordings. © 1998 by Pamela Conn...

Swedish American Museum
04/30/2020

Swedish American Museum

Glad Valborg! Happy Walpurgis Eve! On this special day in Sweden, campfires line the night sky in celebration of the end of April. To read more about this holiday, click here: https://sweden.se/culture-traditions/valborg/

Happy Birthday🇸🇪King Carl Gustav XVI👑
04/30/2020

Happy Birthday🇸🇪King Carl Gustav XVI👑

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Inför Kungens födelsedag fotograferades Kungaparet under gårdagen på Stenhammars slott.

Vill du skicka en gratulation till Kungen? Besök www.kungahuset.se/gratulationer och skriv en hälsning.

Foto: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Make your quarantine fika a bit sweeter! ☕️
04/20/2020

Make your quarantine fika a bit sweeter! ☕️

They're back! Yumm...

Sweden.se
04/19/2020

Sweden.se

Today we have some really old news for you. 😉 This is Kungliga biblioteket, the National Library of Sweden, and they have just made their entire press archive – nearly 400 years worth of Swedish newspapers – freely available online! Yes, it is indeed a temporary solution for these corona times, with copyrights cleared. Both facts and some escapism, if you happen to speak Swedish. Awesome!

Scrollable photo: Jann Lipka

04/17/2020

Two of our board members providing some light Friday fun: Things🇸🇪Swedes🇸🇪do: no bad weather, only bad clothing

Take a trip to Sweden 🇸🇪- virtually!
04/15/2020

Take a trip to Sweden 🇸🇪- virtually!

How about a digital visit to the famous Vasa Museum? ⚓

Vasamuseet / The Vasa Museum broadcast presentations and stories live here on Facebook and on their Instagram, weekdays at 16:28 local time.

On our website, you will find more information about how you can experience Stockholm online ➡️ https://fal.cn/37snh

Glad Påsk / Happy Easter from the Swedish Historical Society !
04/12/2020

Glad Påsk / Happy Easter from the Swedish Historical Society !

Swedish Historical Society
04/09/2020

Swedish Historical Society

Swedish American Museum
04/09/2020

Swedish American Museum

Happy Skärtorsdag!

An old Swedish tradition says that on this night, witches would fly on their broomsticks to the magical island of Blåkulla to dance with the devil. In the 17th century this belief led to the persecution of many suspected witches, and it was a common practice to light bonfires or set off fireworks at night to scare away the devil's servants as they flew overhead. Today, however, Swedish children celebrate Skärtorsdag in a more peaceful way by dressing up as påskkärringar, or “Easter witches.” The typical costume includes face paint (rosy cheeks, freckles, mustaches), a wide-brimmed hat or old shawl, a broomstick, and a kettle. Once dressed up, children go door to door to fill their kettles with candy collected from their neighbors in exchange for påskbrev – “Easter letters” containing hand-colored drawings and holiday greetings.

Skärtorsdag is also a typical time to decorate the house with påskris, or birch twigs, in preparation for Easter day. This tradition comes from the old religious practice of flogging oneself with a switch made of birch wood on the morning of Good Friday to commemorate Christ's suffering. Like påskkärringar, påskris have also mellowed with age, and are now decorated with colorful feathers and eggs to make an “Easter tree” or centerpiece for the table.

04/09/2020
A to Zåäö: A Romp Through the Swedish Alphabet with ASI & U of MN Press

A is for "Akta dig! Look out!"

This fun introduction to the Swedish alphabet, a romp from A to Z (and then Å to Ä to Ö),also includes a tour of the
American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

This picture book is what inspired the ASI exhibition Extra/ordinary.

Learn how to pronounce all 29 words in this charming, whimsical book by watching the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8fevJ2BZQc

A is for “Akta dig! Look out!” This fun introduction to the Swedish alphabet, a romp from A to Z (and then Å to Ä to Ö), is also a delightful tour of the Ame...

Celebrate Easter the Swedish way 🇸🇪Support a local Rockford landmark and enjoy great food with Stockholm Inn! #GoRockfor...
04/07/2020
Stockholm Inn

Celebrate Easter the Swedish way 🇸🇪

Support a local Rockford landmark and enjoy great food with Stockholm Inn!

#GoRockford #StayHomeRKFD #RockfordisSwedish

Easter is almost here. Celebrate Easter with some of your favorites. Place your order and pick up curbside or even preorder brunch for your whole family with our Easter Take & Bake Special:

Our former Board President and International Business Director Linnea Bengtsson, is making 🇸🇪🇺🇸introduction calls with E...
04/02/2020

Our former Board President and International Business Director Linnea Bengtsson, is making 🇸🇪🇺🇸introduction calls with Emma Korjonen, the new International Business Developer in the Lidköping, Skaraborg & Rockford, USA partnership. The purpose is to (by📞💻) introduce Emma to the Rockford community! First off was Alix Fox, Executive Director of Swedish Historical Society, who shared with Emma about the organization. Tack så mycket Alix for the great talk and greetings to Rockford from Sweden! / Linnea Bengtsson

CALLING ALL DANCING QUEENS!Join us for an ABBA Salute Tribute band concert on Midsommar day June 20th, 2020 at Veterans ...
04/01/2020

CALLING ALL DANCING QUEENS!

Join us for an ABBA Salute Tribute band concert on Midsommar day June 20th, 2020 at Veterans Memorial Hall! Tickets are only $15 each, or $10 for SHS Members so click the link below to purchase yours!

Ticket prices go up to $20 at the door, so don't miss your chance to get this early deal!

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

The concert is brought to you by the Verdandi Lodge No. 3, I.O.S. and takes place at Veteran’s Memorial Hall located at 211 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61101 . Enjoy food and beverages served by Prairie Street Brewhouse !

Join in the fun with our ABBA look-a-like contest! Bring a group of friends, dress to impress and have a shot at winning a gift card to Prairie Street Brewing Co.!

#ABBA #Midsommar #RockfordisSwedish #summerconcert #dancingqueen #gorockford

DON'T LET YOUR MEMBERSHIP LAPSE🇸🇪🇱🇷!All current  memberships expire today(March 31, 2020)! Follow the link below so you ...
03/31/2020
Membership

DON'T LET YOUR MEMBERSHIP LAPSE🇸🇪🇱🇷!

All current memberships expire today(March 31, 2020)!

Follow the link below so you won’t miss out on the latest Swedish Historical Society news, events and opportunities !

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

If you are renewing or becoming a member for the first time, this is one of the best ways to support the Swedish Historical Society all year long!

SHS membership rates are as follows:
• Family Membership $50.00- Two adults with children under 25 in one household
• Couple Membership $45.00 - Two adults without children
• Individual Membership $40.00 - One adult membership
• Senior Couple Membership $35.00 - Two adults age 62 plus in the household
• Senior Individual Membership $30.00 - One individual age 62 plus
• Student Membership $25.00 - One student in a household

Sign up today and show that #RockfordisSwedish🇸🇪🇱🇷!

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...

03/25/2020
The Local Sweden

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Do you have a Swedish-American connection? 🇸🇪 🇺🇸

03/23/2020

Erlander Museum and Nordic Cultural Center closure extended until further notice.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has extended a stay-at-home order taking effect for all of Illinois. His executive order lays out three main directives:

* Stay at home, except for essential activities
* Non-essential business and operations must cease
*All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned

With these directives and orders in mind, The Swedish Historical Society Board of Directors and staff believe that we should extend our closure as well and pending further instruction from our state & local officials.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update the community on a re-open date as more information becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact the museum at [email protected] or call 815-963-5559.

Here's a little Viking humor to brighten your day🇸🇪
03/19/2020

Here's a little Viking humor to brighten your day🇸🇪

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03/17/2020

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03/17/2020

Following the recommendations of the Illinois Governor’s office and the Winnebago County Health Department, the Swedish Historical Society Board of Directors deliberated are making the difficult decision to close the Erlander Home Museum and Nordic Cultural Center until March 30th.

The SHS leadership has deliberated over this information thoroughly. With respect and concern for those among us who are most vulnerable to the virus and in solidarity with the leaders of our region, we feel a responsibility to encourage social distancing to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update the community on a re-open date as more information becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact the museum at [email protected] or call 815-963-5559.

With respect and concern for those among us who are most vulnerable to the virus and in solidarity with the leaders of o...
03/13/2020

With respect and concern for those among us who are most vulnerable to the virus and in solidarity with the leaders of our region, we are making the difficult decision to postpone our Annual Meeting scheduled for March 15th at 1:00 PM at Stockholm Inn.

Read for more details 🇸🇪🇱🇷

03/04/2020
ABBA

Are you an ABBA Fan?🤩

Join SHS on June 20th at 7:00 pm at Veterans Memorial Hall for our Dancing Queen: An #ABBASalute concert🎤!

How about a MEGA Fan?🤩🇸🇪 If you can't get enough of ABBA, show us by participating in our ABBA look-a-like contest!! Winners will have a chance to win a gift card from Prairie Street Brewing Co.

Tickets go on sale on April 1st, so mark your calendars ⏰ and we will see you there!

Today in 1977, in torrential rain ABBA perform their first Australian concert to more than 25,000 people in an outdoor stadium in Sydney. ☔️ #ABBA

Swedish filmmaker Jonas Stenstrom featured in Beloit International Film festival!🇸🇪https://beloitfilmfest.org/films/deco...
03/03/2020
Decoding the Driftless - BIFF - Beloit International Film Festival

Swedish filmmaker Jonas Stenstrom featured in Beloit International Film festival!🇸🇪

https://beloitfilmfest.org/films/decoding-the-driftless/

A wild ride of adventure through the air, across rugged landscapes, on and under the water, through a secret underworld, and across time itself to explore and decipher ancient clues of archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology of the Driftless Region, with its captivating scenic beauty.

02/20/2020
Sweden.se

Sweden.se

Can solar power and espresso pods help save the world? Check out these five sustainable innovations from Sweden!

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!

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Rockford, IL
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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]