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 me

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 me

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Swedish Historical Society board meeting at Stockholm Inn this morning☕️🥞
11/20/2021

Swedish Historical Society board meeting at Stockholm Inn this morning☕️🥞

Swedish Historical Society board meeting at Stockholm Inn this morning☕️🥞

11/20/2021

Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to receive the literature prize, was born #OnThisDay in 1858. Lagerlöf's writing was rooted in folk tales and legends from her home district in Värmland County, Sweden, earning her the prize at a time when literature was dominated by realism.

Repost from Nobel Prize

Swedish literature is a very important cultural export. Who are your favourite Swedish authors? Let us know in the comments below.

BIG THANK you to our 9th🇸🇪🇺🇸Fika with a Swede☕️Sofia Löfblad, Marketing Director of Handheld Group. Thank you to everyon...
11/18/2021

BIG THANK you to our 9th🇸🇪🇺🇸Fika with a Swede☕️Sofia Löfblad, Marketing Director of Handheld Group. Thank you to everyone who joined the fika💻Our final fika Dec 2nd.

Handheld Group is a global successful family company with hq in Lidköping🇸🇪

Handheld’s rugged computers were featured in Mission Impossible: Fallout!! If this photo of Sofia and her husband Thomas Löfblad is from a party with Tom Cruise, a regular Friday or at Halloween we can only guess😁

Sofia’s quote: ”Vi har roligt till och med när vi har tråkigt”. (In English) ”We have fun even when things are boring”.

A great quote and something to keep in mind as we approach Thanksgiving🙏🏽

BIG THANK you to our 9th🇸🇪🇺🇸Fika with a Swede☕️Sofia Löfblad, Marketing Director of Handheld Group. Thank you to everyone who joined the fika💻Our final fika Dec 2nd.

Handheld Group is a global successful family company with hq in Lidköping🇸🇪

Handheld’s rugged computers were featured in Mission Impossible: Fallout!! If this photo of Sofia and her husband Thomas Löfblad is from a party with Tom Cruise, a regular Friday or at Halloween we can only guess😁

Sofia’s quote: ”Vi har roligt till och med när vi har tråkigt”. (In English) ”We have fun even when things are boring”.

A great quote and something to keep in mind as we approach Thanksgiving🙏🏽

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11/18/2021

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Timeline Photos
11/14/2021

Timeline Photos

#OnThisDay In 1907, Swedish author Astrid Lindgren was born in Småland. She is best known as the creator of Pippi Longstocking and is among the world's most translated writers. “Pippi Longstocking” was first published in November 1945, by Rabén & Sjögren with illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman.

Photos from Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries's post
11/11/2021

Photos from Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries's post

Photos from Sweden.se's post
11/11/2021

Photos from Sweden.se's post

The World’s Oldest Tree Lives in Sweden | Swedes in the States
11/09/2021
The World’s Oldest Tree Lives in Sweden | Swedes in the States

The World’s Oldest Tree Lives in Sweden | Swedes in the States

Home Environment The World’s Oldest Tree Lives in Sweden Environment The World’s Oldest Tree Lives in Sweden By Elina Sundqvist - August 2, 2021 2 The world’s oldest tree, Old Tjikko, is a 9,500-year-old Norwegian Spruce tree that was discovered in 2004 by Professor Leif Kullman, and to this d...

Mormor's drop off donations will be taken today from10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Nordic Cultural Center, located at 327 S. ...
11/06/2021

Mormor's drop off donations will be taken today from10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Nordic Cultural Center, located at 327 S. 3rd Street

Mormor's drop off donations will be taken today from10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Nordic Cultural Center, located at 327 S. 3rd Street

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11/06/2021

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Today is All Saints’ Day. On this day, candles are lit in cemeteries in Sweden in memory of loved ones who are no longer with us.

The photo was taken in Skogskyrkogården, a cemetery that is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

📷 Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

Mormor's drop off's will be taken today until 1:00 pm!
11/05/2021

Mormor's drop off's will be taken today until 1:00 pm!

Mormor's drop off's will be taken today until 1:00 pm!

Help us prepare for our Julmarknad with donations for Mormor's Attic! Donations will be accepted at the Nordic Cultural ...
11/03/2021

Help us prepare for our Julmarknad with donations for Mormor's Attic!

Donations will be accepted at the Nordic Cultural Center Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th from 10:00 am -1:00 pm.

Help us prepare for our Julmarknad with donations for Mormor's Attic!

Donations will be accepted at the Nordic Cultural Center Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th from 10:00 am -1:00 pm.

Hej and välkommen till (welcome to) #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish...
11/03/2021

Hej and välkommen till (welcome to) #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛! Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word with you.

Today we would like to share about the reading holiday 'läslov'! Learn more below an article from Sweden.se :

Sweden's autumn beauty🍂🍁🇸🇪
10/29/2021

Sweden's autumn beauty🍂🍁🇸🇪

This is autumn in Stockholm. Built on 14 islands, the Swedish capital is a real beauty on water. How many landmarks can you name in this 360 scroll?

Photo: Jann Lipka

Photos from Sweden.se's post
10/27/2021

Photos from Sweden.se's post

Timeline Photos
10/25/2021

Timeline Photos

Monday funday! We've got the perfect idea for this week's menu: raggmunk! (A literal translation of which would be 'pick-up monk'... 🤷😄😇)

Raggmunk has been a classic Swedish meal since the early 20th century. 🥔😋 It's a potato pancake, usually served with lingonberry jam and thick-cut bacon ('fläsk' in Swedish – which you can easily skip to make it a vegetarian dish), creating an interesting mix of sweet and salty flavours! 🤤

Ingredients, 4 portions:
🥔 800 g potatoes
🥚 1 egg
🌾 1.5 dl wheat flour (0.6 cups)
🥛 3 dl milk (1.2 cups)
🧂 2 tsp salt
🧈 50 g butter

Prepare them in 3 simple steps!
1️⃣ Make a pancake batter of eggs, flour and milk.🥣
2️⃣ Peel and grate the potatoes directly into the batter. Salt. 🧂
3️⃣ Fry small patties of the potato batter in butter over medium heat.
🍳 Serve immediately and enjoy! 🍴

Photo: Magnus Carlsson/imagebank.sweden.se

Some Swedish words to consider on our #SwedishWordWednesday 💙
10/13/2021

Some Swedish words to consider on our #SwedishWordWednesday 💙

Some think Swedish seems like a very difficult language to learn. It's not. 🇸🇪 Just look at these 5 perfectly logical words:

👌 bra = good (and not a part of the female wardrobe)
⚠️ farthinder = sp*ed bump
🚽 kiss = p*e (do NOT get this one mixed up with the one below!)
💋 puss = kiss
🕘 prick = sharp (as in 'Mötet startar prick kl. 9.' = 'The meeting starts at 9 o'clock sharp.')

Clear as sausage brine, as we say in Swedish? 😉

Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/imagebank.sweden.se

#EuropeanDayOfLanguages

Big thank you to everyone who joined our🇸🇪🇺🇸Fika with a Swede☕️with Fritiof Schiller. As requested, here is a pic of his...
10/08/2021

Big thank you to everyone who joined our🇸🇪🇺🇸Fika with a Swede☕️with Fritiof Schiller. As requested, here is a pic of his dog Siri😃 Please mark your calendars for Nov 18th and Dec 2nd for our final🇸🇪🇺🇸Fika with a Swede☕️

During these uncertain times, the Swedish Historical Society Board of Directors and staff have made the difficult decisi...
10/04/2021

During these uncertain times, the Swedish Historical Society Board of Directors and staff have made the difficult decision to cancel the Lucia program again this year.

The Swedish Historical Society continues to navigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic. The guidelines set forth by state and local governments addressing public health and safety concerns while keeping appropriate social distancing have created difficulties for volunteers, participants and facilities in which our annual holiday events take place.

We are grateful and appreciative of your support and understanding in this ever changing landscape. Our goal and mission is to celebrate Swedish culture and we want to make sure to do so safely!

We are still waiting to confirm Julmarknad, so more information will be shared when a decision has been made. While we are unable to celebrate together this year, please stay in touch for virtual programming and information surrounding these beloved traditions!

During these uncertain times, the Swedish Historical Society Board of Directors and staff have made the difficult decision to cancel the Lucia program again this year.

The Swedish Historical Society continues to navigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic. The guidelines set forth by state and local governments addressing public health and safety concerns while keeping appropriate social distancing have created difficulties for volunteers, participants and facilities in which our annual holiday events take place.

We are grateful and appreciative of your support and understanding in this ever changing landscape. Our goal and mission is to celebrate Swedish culture and we want to make sure to do so safely!

We are still waiting to confirm Julmarknad, so more information will be shared when a decision has been made. While we are unable to celebrate together this year, please stay in touch for virtual programming and information surrounding these beloved traditions!

🇸🇪🇺🇸”MacGyver”😎
09/29/2021

🇸🇪🇺🇸”MacGyver”😎

#OnThisDay In 1985, the TV show "MacGyver" premiered starring Swedish-American Richard Dean Anderson.

So much fun Learn Swedish Now! Do you know all the 🇸🇪 provinces? Test your skill and have the chance to win a free Swedi...
09/23/2021
Sweden: Provinces

So much fun Learn Swedish Now! Do you know all the 🇸🇪 provinces? Test your skill and have the chance to win a free Swedish language lesson!

Sweden: Provinces - Map Quiz Game: Although Sweden’s 25 provinces have no real administrative function, they remain a means of cultural identification. Historically, however, they have played a major role in shaping the modern country. From Lappland to Skåne, this geography quiz game will help yo...

Hej and välkommen till (welcome to) #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish...
09/22/2021
how to say det blåser in swedish - Google Search

Hej and välkommen till (welcome to) #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛! Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word with you.

Today's Swedish word is det blåser meaning it is windy💨! Rockford is very windy today, how's the weather where you are?!

To pronounce this week's word click here: https://bit.ly/3lMKDLj

🇸🇪 Team Sweden #Plogging 🇸🇪 for the future! #SwedeninChicago  #SwedeninIllinois #PloggingIllinois #Plogging Honorary Con...
09/18/2021

🇸🇪 Team Sweden #Plogging 🇸🇪 for the future! #SwedeninChicago #SwedeninIllinois #PloggingIllinois #Plogging Honorary Consulate of Sweden Chicago

🇸🇪 Team Sweden #Plogging 🇸🇪 for the future! #SwedeninChicago #SwedeninIllinois #PloggingIllinois #Plogging Honorary Consulate of Sweden Chicago

🇸🇪 Team Sweden #Plogging 🇸🇪 is happening this tomorrow, on World Cleanup Day! Join us from wherever you are! Let's clean...
09/17/2021

🇸🇪 Team Sweden #Plogging 🇸🇪 is happening this tomorrow, on World Cleanup Day! Join us from wherever you are! Let's clean up the Rockford region and participate together and document all the fun by tagging #SwedeninChicago #SwedeninIllinois #PloggingIllinois

Are you a high school student who studies Swedish and/or is a heritage speaker of Swedish? If so, consider participating...
09/16/2021
Illinois High School Translation Competition 2021 | European Union Center at Illinois

Are you a high school student who studies Swedish and/or is a heritage speaker of Swedish? If so, consider participating in the 2021 Illinois High School Translation Competition, organized by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign! Participants will translate a B2/C1, 600-word news article from Swedish into English. All students who were enrolled in high school in Illinois during the 2020-21 academic year and/or will be enrolled in high school in the 2021-22 academic year are eligible to participate. The competition will be judged by university faculty and instructors who have native knowledge of the target languages and who have experience with translation. Winners of the Illinois High School Translation Competition 2021 will be given a prize and a certificate from the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, and they will be recognized at an award ceremony at the Italian Consulate in Chicago on November 4, 2021. To participate, please register here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/169703375. Submissions received by Monday, September 20 will be prioritized, so register early to have more time to work on your translation! Please see here (http://go.illinois.edu/TranslationCompetition) for more details, and email [email protected] with any questions.

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites high school students from Illinois to take part in a translation competition featuring five Less Commonly Taught Languages: Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, and Swedish. Students will translate a B2/C1, 450-700-word tex...

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
09/16/2021
How is Stockholm in the autumn? - Study in Sweden

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛! Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word with you.

Today's Swedish word is höst, meaning autumn. Read about the beauty of Stockhom in autumn below!

https://studyinsweden.se/blogs/2018/11/11/how-is-stockholm-in-the-autumn/

To pronounce this week's word click here: https://bit.ly/3lygAGT

I like to think of the autumn season as a transition season that lasts from October to December, more or less. It’s a beautiful season that people like because it’s manifested with colorful landscapes. And at the same time, one appreciates the change of the weather thus feeling the winter approa...

Join in! Let's clean up the Rockford region and participate together and document all the fun by tagging  #SwedeninChica...
09/10/2021

Join in! Let's clean up the Rockford region and participate together and document all the fun by tagging #SwedeninChicago #SwedeninIllinois #PloggingIllinois

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09/08/2021

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Proud Member of #TeamSweden 🇸🇪
09/03/2021

Proud Member of #TeamSweden 🇸🇪

Evening FIKA with TEAM SWEDEN

Wednesday Sep. 15, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Swedish American Museum

Join us for an end-of-summer FIKA at the Swedish American Museum. This is a great opportunity to meet up with friends and members you haven’t seen in a while and network with people new to our Swedish American community. Mingle in the museum’s newly opened courtyard and enjoy a FIKA prepared by the Museum Café.

The FIKA event is generously sponsored by Thorelli & Associates and includes sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, cookies and coffe/tea/saft.
Additional items will be available for purchase.

Sign up here: https://conta.cc/38vGlBT

09/02/2021
02.09.21

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👑Royal visit in Skövde🇸🇪today🤩
08/25/2021

👑Royal visit in Skövde🇸🇪today🤩

Today, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and her husband Prince Daniel visited Skövde.
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During her visit, she met health care workers who worked with covid-19 and she got to talk to Iron Gate Studio, former students at the University of Skövde, and the creators of the successful game Valheim.
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She also visited ASSAR - Industrial Innovation Arena, which is a part of Science Park Skövde, next to the University. There, researchers from the university showed her smart robots, that can help and collaborate with humans to solve different tasks.
The picture shows a robot making a painting for the Crown Princess.
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Did you know Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden is also the Duchess of Västergötland, the province where Skövde is situated?

Swedish meatballs | sweden.se
08/23/2021
Swedish meatballs | sweden.se

Swedish meatballs | sweden.se

This classic recipe for Swedish meatballs guarantees the perfect taste – if you add lingonberries! From Sweden, with meatball love.

Address

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

General information

Please note our mailing address: Swedish Historical Society 404 S. Third Street Rockford, IL 61104 The Erlander Home Museum 404 S. 3rd Street Rockford, IL 61104 Nordic Cultural Center 327 S. 3rd Street Rockford, IL 61104

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(815) 963-5559

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Admission is $7 for non-members.

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

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Swedish Historical Society board meeting at Stockholm Inn this morning☕️🥞
BIG THANK you to our 9th🇸🇪🇺🇸Fika with a Swede☕️Sofia Löfblad, Marketing Director of Handheld Group. Thank you to everyone who joined the fika💻Our final fika Dec 2nd. Handheld Group is a global successful family company with hq in Lidköping🇸🇪 Handheld’s rugged computers were featured in Mission Impossible: Fallout!! If this photo of Sofia and her husband Thomas Löfblad is from a party with Tom Cruise, a regular Friday or at Halloween we can only guess😁 Sofia’s quote: ”Vi har roligt till och med när vi har tråkigt”. (In English) ”We have fun even when things are boring”. A great quote and something to keep in mind as we approach Thanksgiving🙏🏽
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Mormor's drop off donations will be taken today from10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Nordic Cultural Center, located at 327 S. 3rd Street
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Mormor's drop off's will be taken today until 1:00 pm!
Help us prepare for our Julmarknad with donations for Mormor's Attic! Donations will be accepted at the Nordic Cultural Center Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th from 10:00 am -1:00 pm.
Hej and välkommen till (welcome to) #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛! Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word with you. Today we would like to share about the reading holiday 'läslov'! Learn more below an article from Sweden.se :
Sweden's autumn beauty🍂🍁🇸🇪
For this week's #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛, let's learn about LAGOM from Learn Swedish Now !