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 me-mbers 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 more information, please contact Susie Fosaaen, 703-861-4071 or

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May Newsletter (pdf) Posted 5/3/2020

Upcoming Lodge Meetings & Events

Hurra for Syttende Mai!

We won’t be able to picnic and parade as usual at Carderock Park for Norwegian Constitution Day, but that won’t stop us from celebrating! This year, organizations in New York and Washington, DC are celebrating together with a virtual program, and we hope you will join in!

All events will be live streamed on the New York Norwegian Seamen’s Church Facebook page. The link is shown below. You may watch in real time or visit the site to view at your convenience. See the flyer on page 21 of the May newsletter.

2020 Syttende Mai Program Sunday, May 17

10 AM Opening Ceremony

• Raising of the Norwegian flag
• Music by Rockville, MD Brass Band
• Greetings from Washington, DC

10:30 AM Church Service in Norwegian from Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Manhattan

5 PM May 17 Concert featuring

• Remarks from H.E. Ambassador Kåre R. Aas
• Speech of the Day
• Musical performance by Herborg Kråkevik
• Musical performance by Rockville Brass Band

All events will be streamed on Facebook / Sjomannskirkeninewyork.

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A little history: For many years our lodge has joined other organizations in the DC area to celebrate Syttende Mai wtih a big picnic in Carderock Park featuring speeches, a parade, concert, Norwegian-styled hotdogs, and lots of beautiful bunads (see photo above). The other organizations that participate include the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian Society and Church Service in DC, the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, and Lakselaget.

Norwegian History Roundtable

The Norwegian History Roundtable met for the first time in April 16. We discussed Norwegian History and 
how the Roundtable should function. About 16 persons joined the meeting. It was decided that we 
should continue to use Zoom in the future and have a questionnaire for future plans. We are having a Zoom meeting on May 19 at 7 PM featuring a talk on Viking longhouses by Elspeth and Owen Christiansen.  plan to distribute a questionnaire during the first week of May. If you are interested in the May 19th talk, the questionnaire, or the Roundtable in general, please send an email to me at

GIG Update — Next Meeting via Zoom on May 16

The Genealogy Interest Group (GIG) had a very successful Zoom meeting in April. Janet Johnson from the Swedish Drott Lodge presented the personal account of Enock Mattsson's emigration from Borstil Sweden to Prentice WI using his diary. This gave us a fascinating glimpse of how our Norwegian ancestors came across the Atlantic to the US.

The next meeting will also be on Zoom on Saturday, May 16 at 3 PM. We will hear from Dana Kelly, the Executive Director of the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naesmith Library in Madison, Wisconsin. She will present an introduction to the many resources available for Norwegian genealogical research and tips on getting started with this interesting pastime. An email will be sent to the GIG with the link for the meeting. Please email me at If you are interested in joining the meeting. Submitted by GIG facilitator Joel Myklebust

The Reading Circle

The Reading Circle will meet on Tuesday evening, June 16, but we do not know at this point whether it will be a Zoom or in-person meeting. We do know, however, what the reading selection is: Karin Fossum's The Whisperer.If you are not yet familiar with this engaging author, you might find her novels perfect reading while you are in quarantine. You could begin by reading an article about her with synopses of some of her books in the Norwegian American at reigning-queen-of-crime. 

For any questions, contact me at Submitted by Reading Circle facilitator Christine Meloni

WWII Liberation Commemoration

The WWII Liberation Commemoration will be rescheduled.  We will decide when the we are able to select a date.

 Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, the Norwegian Society and Church Service Washington DC, and Washington Lodge Sons of Norway are planning a special celebration of the 75th anniversary of Norwegian Liberation. The Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas will be the featured speaker. 

We would like to recognize individuals who were in Norway during the liberation. If you or someone you know was in Norway at that time, please contact us. We are also interested if you have stories about someone who was there or if you have objects (photographs, documents, letters, etc.) from that time.

For more information please email Program Director Bill DeRoche at or call 202-270-9528 (9 AM to 9 PM).

Are You Interested in Genealogy?

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..  
If you are interested contact Joel Myklebust  Genealogy meetings are held at Norway House. 
At our February meeting several members will make brief presentations about the software they use.

Norwegian History Roundtable

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

Needle-Felted Wool Workshop  at Norway House;
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 to reserve your spot in another fun workshop! Norway House is at 3846 Meredith Dr., Fairfax, VA.


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.

The Norwegian language class meets most Wednesday evenings at Norway House in Fairfax. Classes are open to lodge members and the community at large. All new and continuing language learners are welcome to attend.

The beginner class meets from 6 to 7pm (textbook: På vei).

The intermediate class meets from 7 to 8pm (textbook: Stein på stein).

 The advanced class meets from 8 to 9pm.

Language learners can decide which level(s) of instruction will work best for them and how many hours they wish to spend in class on Wednesday evenings. Lodge members pay $10 per evening to the instructor. Non-members pay $10 per evening to the instructor plus $5 per evening to the Lodge. Coffee and other beverages are provided each week. Students pay only for the evenings they attend.

The instructor is Anne-Grethe Phillips. Please send questions to

See Meetings and Events for more information.

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Norway House
3846 Meredith Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

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