Velkommen

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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Upcoming Lodge Meetings & Events

Festival Open House # 2
Saturday, November 15, 12 PM to 5:30 PM at Norway House
3846 Meredith Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030

 We are holding our 2020 Christmas Festival! But of course we’re making changes to keep everyone safe. In accordance with health guidelines, we will require face masks and social distancing. Instead of holding it at our usual venue, it will be held over several days at our lodge (Norway House). 
We are having the first Nordic Fall Festival on Saturday, October 24th from 11 am until 4 pm. Please plan to come by choosing an ideal time that suits your schedule by clicking on the Sign-Up-Genius link provided.  We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing with you our wonderful Nordic collection this year!  We will be holding similar events on November 15th and December 4th and 5th.

15 November - Volunteer sign up
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4eaea62ea46-volunteer 

15 November - Guest Sign up
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4EAEA62EA46-guest1 

4 December - Guest Sign up
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4eaea62ea46-guest2 

5 December - Guest Sign up
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4eaea62ea46-guest3

The dates are Saturday, Oct. 24, Sunday, Nov. 15, Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5. We’ll have all of our merchandise available, including delicious Norwegian chocolates, cheeses, jellies, and Solo drinks! We’ve worked hard this year to find new and unique merchandise including, for our first time ever, Dale of Norway sweaters!! We’ll also offer traditional baked goods, with an autumn theme for Oct. and Nov., and our usual Christmas offerings in Dec. We’ll have a food truck in December serving pølse, reindeer dogs, and more. Check your email in the coming weeks for details and the link to sign up to attend Email festival@norwaydc.org if you have questions.

Norwegian History Roundtable (NHR) 

NHR Website 

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)
Kirkebøker, GIG Survey By Joel Myklebust 
Zoom Meeting  Oct. 31, 3 PM 

The GIG will meet via Zoom on Saturday, October 31, at 3:00 PM EST. The presentation will focus on Church Books (Kirkebøker). Picking up from a previous presentation on how to trace Norwegian ancestors from the U.S. back to Norway, we will discuss how to find the right parish, then dive into the digitized records and see how the records have evolved over the years. The discussion will include reading the gothic script, vocabulary, and understanding Norwegian feast days that are often used to indicate dates. 

To receive the Zoom link for the meeting, email Joel Myklebust at joel.myklebust@gmail.com. 

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. 

There has been a robust initial response. Initial responses suggest a strong interest in learning more about the Norwegian Digital Archives (https:// www.digitalarkivet.no). Anyone who has not responded to the questionnaire is encouraged to complete it by October 15. Anyone with an interest in genealogy who did not receive the questionnaire should email joel.myklebust@gmail.com to receive a link.

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 Zoom Meeting October 20
Clearing Out by Helene Uri

We will be discussing Clearing Out (Rydde Ut in the original Norwegian) by Helene Uri from 7:30 - 8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 20th. This novel has an intriguing origin. While she was writing a novel with a language researcher as her protagonist, Uri received an unexpected call from a distant relative. She learned that a Sami fisherman had been discovered on their family tree. She decided to weave this discovery into her story and sent her heroine to the far north to study the dying languages of the Sami people. We are sure to learn more about the often overlooked Sami people. 

If you plan to attend contact Christine Meloni at reading@norwaydc.org. She will send you a Zoom link. All are welcome!

Submitted by Reading Circle facilitator Christine Meloni

For any questions, contact me at reading@norwaydc.org. 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.

The
 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 programs@norwaydc.org or call 202-270-9528 (9 AM to 9 PM).





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 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.


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 language@norwaydc.org.


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3846 Meredith Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

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