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
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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

Operating as usual

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
07/07/2021
Strawberry cake and the taste of Swedish summer

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 kakor, or cake🍰

Strawberry cake is a Swedish summer staple, so visit this wonderful article by VisitSweden to learn about this tasty seasonal treat!

https://visitsweden.com/what-to-do/food-drink/food/swedish-kitchen/strawberry-cake-and-taste-swedish-summer/

To pronounce this week's word, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2UsKCSH

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪

Strawberry cake and the taste of Swedish summer

06/26/2021

GLAD MIDSOMMAR🌷🌷🌷🌷!!!!

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
06/23/2021

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 midsommar, or Midsummer💐🌷🌹🍰Midsommar is this Saturday and it is one of the most popular celebrations for Swedes, both in Sweden and in this country. This is the season when music fills the air — a time when relatives and friends gather in the open meadow around flower-bedecked tables of food. This festival is traditionally as beautiful as it is entertaining.

To pronounce this week's word, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2TVK3ke

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪

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 midsommar, or Midsummer💐🌷🌹🍰Midsommar is this Saturday and it is one of the most popular celebrations for Swedes, both in Sweden and in this country. This is the season when music fills the air — a time when relatives and friends gather in the open meadow around flower-bedecked tables of food. This festival is traditionally as beautiful as it is entertaining.

To pronounce this week's word, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2TVK3ke

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
06/16/2021

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 dansa, meaning dance💃 We are gearing up for our virtual concert with Dancing Queen: An #ABBASalute on Saturday and cannot wait to get down and for you all to join us!

To pronounce this week's word, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3zqWV21

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪

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 dansa, meaning dance💃 We are gearing up for our virtual concert with Dancing Queen: An #ABBASalute on Saturday and cannot wait to get down and for you all to join us!

To pronounce this week's word, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3zqWV21

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪

CALLING ALL DANCING QUEENS! Dancing Queen: An #ABBASalute will be joining us again to help celebrate Midsommar! This yea...
06/14/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Dancing with ABBA -Virtual Concert with DANCING QUEEN: an ABBA Salute. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

CALLING ALL DANCING QUEENS!

Dancing Queen: An #ABBASalute will be joining us again to help celebrate Midsommar! This year, we are gathering virtually via Zoom for a concert full of fun!

Register for this FREE concert this Saturday, June 19th at 7:00pm: https://bit.ly/2SxwDuh

The event will be free, with donations accepted through PayPal @shsrockford. We cannot wait to celebrate with you!

“DANCING QUEEN: An ABBA Salute” is the ultimate ABBA tribute band. Their show is full of musical precision, fabulous flair and fashion, and promises a mesmerizing experience for every Chiquitita, Super Trouper, Fernando, and Dancing Queen! Fronted by a dynamic Agnetha and Frida duo, the Midwest....

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
06/09/2021
Little Scandinavian Lessons: How to slice cheese - ScandiKitchen

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

Today's Swedish words is ost, (pronounced OO-ST) meaning cheese 🧀🧀🧀. Swedes are particular about how to slice their ost. Read below to find out more!

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪

https://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/little-scandinavian-lessons-how-to-slice-cheese/?fbclid=IwAR16W00OzA0xfTDkw8Rfw4VATdYhbrv7mxGY8J4lZ4Pc-M7r3MNMNV4MDrI🧀🧀🧀

Cheese slicing really is a thing to us Scandinavians. Do it wrong and we will judge you. Forever.

Happy National day of🇸🇪Sweden🇸🇪
06/06/2021

Happy National day of🇸🇪Sweden🇸🇪

Happy National day of🇸🇪Sweden🇸🇪

Tomorrow, June 6th is Sweden's National Day! It is a day filled with flags, songs, and good food together with family an...
06/05/2021
The National Day of Sweden | sweden.se

Tomorrow, June 6th is Sweden's National Day! It is a day filled with flags, songs, and good food together with family and friends.

In 2004, the Swedish parliament voted to make it a public holiday. The King and Queen of Sweden take part in a ceremony at Skansen, Stockholm’s open-air museum, on the National Day. The yellow and blue Swedish flag is run up the mast, and children in traditional peasant costume present the royal couple with bouquets of summer flowers. Special ceremonies welcoming new Swedish citizens are also usually held around the country on National Day. (taken from Sweden.se article)

We thank @LearnSwedishNowLLC for this list of fantastic Swedish recipes, history, the national song, and a link to the celebration at Skansen in Stockholm!

Read about the celebration of The National Day:
https://sweden.se/culture/celebrations/the-national-day-of-sweden
https://www.skansen.se/en/swedish-national-day

Food and Menu for the Day:
https://www.koket.se/nationaldagen

Song and lyrics of The National Song:
https://www.kungahuset.se/monarkinhovstaterna/kungligasymboler/musik/nationalsangen.4.19ae4931022afdcff3800017853.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oGU863-BfQ

Watch the celebration live:
https://www.svtplay.se/nationaldagen

We hope that this will make you feel like you are celebrating Sweden's National Day in Sweden!

On 6 June Swedes celebrate their National Day with waving flags and royals.

Photos from Sweden.se's post
06/03/2021

Photos from Sweden.se's post

Happy Swedish Mother's Day! Yes, Swedes celebrate Mother’s Day (which you might find surprising, not all countries do). ...
06/01/2021

Happy Swedish Mother's Day!

Yes, Swedes celebrate Mother’s Day (which you might find surprising, not all countries do). However Mother’s Day in Sweden is always on the last Sunday in May. One could argue they are waiting a bit for better weather, or just trying to give it some space from Easter.

Mother’s Day is celebrated the same way in Sweden as in other countries. You do something nice for your mother. It could be taking her to dinner, buying her flowers, or breakfast in bed. All mother’s appreciate Mother’s Day. So bring a little bit of Sweden into your home, and celebrate Mother’s Day twice!

Article take from: https://www.swedishfreak.com/holiday/mothers-day/

Happy Swedish Mother's Day!

Yes, Swedes celebrate Mother’s Day (which you might find surprising, not all countries do). However Mother’s Day in Sweden is always on the last Sunday in May. One could argue they are waiting a bit for better weather, or just trying to give it some space from Easter.

Mother’s Day is celebrated the same way in Sweden as in other countries. You do something nice for your mother. It could be taking her to dinner, buying her flowers, or breakfast in bed. All mother’s appreciate Mother’s Day. So bring a little bit of Sweden into your home, and celebrate Mother’s Day twice!

Article take from: https://www.swedishfreak.com/holiday/mothers-day/

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
05/26/2021

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

Today's Swedish words is glass, meaning ice cream🍨🍦 Have you had a chance to enjoy this summertime staple? Check out some local hotspots at GoRockford!

To pronounce this week's word: https://bit.ly/3bVSkul

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪

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

Today's Swedish words is glass, meaning ice cream🍨🍦 Have you had a chance to enjoy this summertime staple? Check out some local hotspots at GoRockford!

To pronounce this week's word: https://bit.ly/3bVSkul

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪

BIG thank you Teacher Anette Larsson and to everyone who joined our🇸🇪🇺🇸Fika with a Swede with Anette Larsson today. Here...
05/20/2021

BIG thank you Teacher Anette Larsson and to everyone who joined our🇸🇪🇺🇸Fika with a Swede with Anette Larsson today. Here are some pics from 10 years ago when Anette visited Rockford!

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
05/19/2021

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

Today's Swedish words is regnbåge, meaning rainbow🌈

To pronounce this week's word: https://forvo.com/word/regnb%C3%A5ge/

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

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

Today's Swedish words is regnbåge, meaning rainbow🌈

To pronounce this week's word: https://forvo.com/word/regnb%C3%A5ge/

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴Glad syttende mai🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴
05/17/2021

🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴Glad syttende mai🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴

🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴Glad syttende mai🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴

05/12/2021
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Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛! Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word with you.

Today's Swedish words is solskyddsmedel, meaning sunscreen 🌞😎

To pronounce this week's word: https://bit.ly/3obNQ7N

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

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05/10/2021
Sweden, Dressed in Summer

🇸🇪☀🇸🇪☀🇸🇪☀🇸🇪☀🇸🇪☀🇸🇪

We’ve shown you Sweden in snow. Now see it in bloom.

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
05/05/2021

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

Today's Swedish words are an action that many of us may need to do this weekend or have already done once this season: klippa gräs meaning to cut the grass 🌱

To pronounce this week's word, listen here: https://bit.ly/2Roq8sO

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪🌱

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

Today's Swedish words are an action that many of us may need to do this weekend or have already done once this season: klippa gräs meaning to cut the grass 🌱

To pronounce this week's word, listen here: https://bit.ly/2Roq8sO

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪🌱

04/30/2021

🇸🇪Glad Valborg🔥Walpurgis Eve greeting from our Swedish Ambassador🎹

Happy 75th Birthday🇸🇪King Carl XVI Gustaf🇸🇪
04/30/2021

Happy 75th Birthday🇸🇪King Carl XVI Gustaf🇸🇪

Happy 75th Birthday🇸🇪King Carl XVI Gustaf🇸🇪

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
04/28/2021

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 solsken meaning sunshine☀️
To pronounce this week's word, listen here: https://bit.ly/3xpRLlI
Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

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 solsken meaning sunshine☀️
To pronounce this week's word, listen here: https://bit.ly/3xpRLlI
Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

04/22/2021
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Save the date! September 18 - World Clean Up Day🌎
Team Sweden🇸🇪 organizations in Illinois will invite family, friends and members to a Plogging event in a park across Illinois!

Stay tuned for more information!

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04/22/2021

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Swedish Historical Society of Rockford" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Swedish Historical Society of Rockford" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Swedish Historical Society of Rockford" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Swedish Historical Society of Rockford" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

04/21/2021

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 blåsigt meaning windy💨

To pronounce this week's word, listen here: https://bit.ly/2QptziC
Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

04/18/2021

On behalf of the Mormor’s volunteers (Vice President Karen Bieschke and Gladys Anderson), THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who brought us so many wonderful things this past Friday and Saturday!!

As always, we are overwhelmed with the quality and the diversity of your offerings. All of these donations are helping us build a fund that will be put to good use when we improve the Erlander Home over the next few months for its 150th Anniversary (thanks to the hard work of Chuck Anderson, Vice President AND Building and Grounds expert).

Thank you again so very very much! We enjoyed talking to all of you in the last two days!!

And a special THANKS to Alix Fox for welcoming everyone on Friday, and to Karen and Gladys for hosting on Saturday).
We couldn’t do any of it without all of you!

Thanks again,
Judy Barnard,
Board President

Hej and välkommen (welcome)to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛!  Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word ...
04/14/2021

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 moln meaning cloud☁️

To pronounce this week's word, listen here: https://bit.ly/3wV9jpG
Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

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 moln meaning cloud☁️

To pronounce this week's word, listen here: https://bit.ly/3wV9jpG
Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

Happy International Licorice Day! 🇸🇪 Swedes love salted licorice, do you?
04/12/2021

Happy International Licorice Day!

🇸🇪 Swedes love salted licorice, do you?

Happy International Licorice Day!

🇸🇪 Swedes love salted licorice, do you?

Hej and welcome to #SwedishWordWednesday 💙💛! Each week on Wednesday, SHS would like to share a Swedish word with you.Tod...
04/07/2021

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

Today's Swedish word is tulpaner, meaning tulip🌷

Swedes love tulips, and the local tulip cultivation grows each year. In 2017, 151 million tulips were harvested in Sweden, and next year it will be around 160 million. The days when Dutch imports dominated the market are gone, as 80 percent of the tulips on the Swedish market are locally grown. (taken from article https://helagotland.se)

To pronounce this week's word, listen here: https://bit.ly/3uuBABl

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

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

Today's Swedish word is tulpaner, meaning tulip🌷

Swedes love tulips, and the local tulip cultivation grows each year. In 2017, 151 million tulips were harvested in Sweden, and next year it will be around 160 million. The days when Dutch imports dominated the market are gone, as 80 percent of the tulips on the Swedish market are locally grown. (taken from article https://helagotland.se)

To pronounce this week's word, listen here: https://bit.ly/3uuBABl

Don't forget to check back each week as we add more words to your Swedish vocabulary!🇸🇪🇸🇪

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

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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

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