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The Sons of Norway members in the nation's capital, representing a diversity of background and nationality, share an interest in all things Norwegian and Scandinavian. We trust that all ages will find something of interest -- in our web site and in our lodge. We have around 300 members. Most are from the local area of DC, Maryland, and Virginia, but we also have members from another 16 states as well as Norway, Canada, and Great Britain (many of whom have a connection to the area).

Our lodge has around 400 members from the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. We are one of hundreds Sons of Norway lodges throughout the United States, Canada and Norway.  Learn more about us or Join Sons of Norway.  For information on membership, contact Shelley Mitchell (703-815-4367) or vp@norwaydc.org .  For other information, contact Dave Brown president@norwaydc.org .

The Norwegian History Roundtable has launched a new website.   Norwegian History Roundtable

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 Lodge Meetings & Events
Norwegian Environmental Issues, 
Jon Berg, the counselor for climate and 
environment at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington DC.

Saturday March 20th  7 PM  Zoom information will be sent out before the 20th.

Upcoming Meetings


April 17, Understanding the Norwegian American Experience.  Erik Pihl, National Nordic Museum’s Director of Development.
May 15, World War II and my family, NINA BRAMBANI SMITH  
June 19, ‘Norwegian ‘Mayflower’: The Voyage of the Restauration,  Dale Goodman, Member of  Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Board and a direct descendent Restauration passengers.  

Norwegian History Roundtable (NHR) 

 “Norway and the Battle of the Atlantic” 


We will be having an exciting two-part program  “Norway and the Battle of the Atlantic” on March 9th and April 13th.  The Battle of the Atlantic, which began hours after the war began in 1939 and lasted to VE day in 1945, was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II. It has been called the "longest, largest, and most complex" naval battle in history.  The allied victory in this theater was critical to overall victory in the war. 

We have assembled outstanding three speakers to help us understand the critical role of Norway in the Battle of the Atlantic. Historian Jorgen Flood has written over a dozen books on Norway, Scandinavia, and World War II.  He is a popular speaker and has given great presentations to the NHR, Washington Lodge, and other outstanding groups. Phil Eskeland will discuss his father’s service as a Norwegian merchant seaman during World War II.  Phil was a featured speaker at the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Norway last year.  John Lunde will describe his father’s war time experience. Captain Birger Lunde experienced being sunk by U-boats three times, leaving two sinking ships, narrowly escaping U-Boat pursuit, enduring many days in a lifeboat, being treated in an Icelandic hospital, undergoing extensive back surgery in New York City, living through aerial attacks, and participating in D-Day.

The meetings are at 7 PM and are on Zoom. If you are interested, please contact Bill DeRoche  programs@NorwayDC.org

We now have a dedicated website for the NHR.  NHR Website.  This will provide up to date information about the NHR.  As the organization grows, it will provide information and links relevant to Norwegian History.  You are welcome to contribute to the website. 


Do you want to connect with your inner Viking? Do you want to understand the conditions that prompted your ancestors to uproot their lives and go to America? Do you want to appreciate the men and woman who created Norwegian culture? Do you want to experience the trials and triumphs of Norway in WWII? In short – are you interested in Norwegian history? I would like to set up a Norwegian History Round Table. It will offer speakers, debates, field trips, demonstrations of historic crafts, and round table discussions. The round table will be an extended show and tell. You can share a book or magazine, show a historic artifact, alert us to an upcoming event, ask a question, read from an article that you are writing, or suggest some other activities or projects related to our history. The Round Table will be for everyone, from the complete novice to the international authority.   Bill DeRoche

If you are interested, please contact me at programs@norwaydc.org



Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)
Searching Parish Records in Digitalarkivet
By Genealogy Interest Group (GIG) Co-Chair Joel Myklebust, January 23.

We are fortunate to have a great resource for researching Norwegian genealogy, Digitalarkivet.no, Norwegian Digital Archives  . The archives include a wealth of documents including scanned and transcribed church records, census records, land ownership, estates and emigration. The Genealogy Interest Group (GIG) met on Zoom to discuss ways to access the parish records.   If you have questions or are interested in the GIG, please email genealogy@norwaydc.org. The next Zoom meeting will be on January 23 at 3 PM

We are pleased to announce that Paul Arneson has agreed to take the leadership of the GIG. Paul is the author of the book I Couldn’t Milk Another Goat, based on conversations with his grandmother Carrie (Kari) Kirkeeide about her life’s journey from Nordfjord, Norway to Minneapolis, MN (the topic of a recent lodge Zoom meeting). Joel Myklebust will continue to assist Paul in this role. Paul and Joel recently sent a questionnaire to the GIG to help develop future programs. 


The genealogical interest group (GIG) helps members with  varying degrees of experience in genealogy an
d interest in the different aspects of this type of activity. This includes  getting started with genealogy and the cultural skills program; genetic genealogy; information sources in the US and Norway, as well as the range of on-line sources; the range of genealogy database software; approaches to writing family histories; and maintaining artifacts, like pictures and vital records..  


The Reading Circle
Reading Circle Selection for February

The lodge’s Reading Circle members have chosen six interesting books for 2021. 

Image result for Where Roses Never DieWe will begin the year on February 23th with Norwegian Noir. The book selected is Where Roses Never Die in Gunnar Staalesen’s very popular Varg Veum series. The description on the Amazon website reads: Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world's foremost thriller writers. September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. 

We will meet via zoom at 7:30 PM. If you plan to attend, please contact Christine Meloni by midnight on February 22nd at reading@norwaydc.org and she will send you the link. Richard Henninger will be the facilitator. Everyone is welcome to join us. The book is available both in paperback and on Kindle. Looking ahead, the other works to be discussed this year are The Quisling Factor by J.L. Oakley (the author will join us and be the facilitator), The Master Builder by Ibsen (Laurie Jaghlit as facilitator), The Mercies by Kirin Millwood Hargrave, Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen, and One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway and Its Aftermath by Asne Seierstad (Laurie Jaghlit as facilitator).

WWII Liberation Commemoration
Our lodge, along with the Norwegian Society and Church Service of Washington, DC and the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, hosted a virtual commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Norwegian liberation from WWII German occupation. We’d planned to hold this event earlier at Norway House, around May 8, when Liberation Day is celebrated in Norway. But of course we had to postpone.  Colonel Håvard Klevberg, Air Attaché and Assistant Defense Attaché to the Royal Norwegian Embassy,  gave the give the main address. Members of our groups  shared stories and memories from members who were in Norway t the time — our living witnesses to history.  We have posted a video of this event on our  YouTube Channel 

This event has been postponed
We are fortunate to have talented fiber artist Karen Richardson to lead a new Needless Felting Workshop where we’ll make this Nordic-inspired polar bear. Join us on Saturday, April 4, for the 4th needle felting workshop sponsored by the Lodge. Karen uses only natural wool for these unique creations. The $65 fee includes 6 hours of instruction, all materials needed for one polar bear, continental breakfast, a light lunch, and beverages. At present Karen cannot accept credit cards so please bring cash (preferred) or a check. She will have additional materials available for purchase to make your own creations at home.

We will start promptly at 9:30 AM and end around 4:00 PM. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please contact Denise Bowden at festival@norwaydc.org to reserve your spot in another fun workshop! Norway House is at 3846 Meredith Dr., Fairfax, VA.

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Norwegian Language & Conversation

The lodge’s language classes are suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.  When it is safe to meet again, Wednesday evening classes will resume.


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Norway House
3846 Meredith Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

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