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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June Newsletter (PDF) posted 6/3/2020

Upcoming Lodge Meetings & Events

July Lodge Zoom Meeting:   Norway Today  Jul 18, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time 

We are pleased to have Inger Dreng discuss Norway Today.

Inger Dreng was born and raised in Larvik, Norway, a small town on the coast about 2 hours southwest of Oslo. She has degrees from both the US and Norway.  For the past 15 years, Inger has worked as a Language Instructor at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington teaching Norwegian language, culture, geography, history, politics, and much more, to prepare State Department and/or DOD employees for their overseas assignments in Oslo, Norway. She loves her job and it keeps her on her toes since she always has to keep current on all things Norwegian. She visits Norway twice a year. Married to a fellow Norwegian, Fredrick Hamrell, one daughter, Nina Skyler Dreng Hamrell, 18, lives in Sterling, VA. The whole family are members of Sons of Norway, Washington Lodge (Inger received her 30-year pin in November 2019).

Contact Bill DeRoche for Zoom information (

Need help with Zoom?

While the lodge remains closed to meetings, we’re using Zoom because it’s relatively user-friendly for presentations. You can join a meeting by simply clicking the link you are sent by email for a specific meeting. There are many options for how to participate. You can listen quietly and not be visible to others or you can have the full experience of talking with and being seen by everyone. If you need help with Zoom please contact Program Chair Bill DeRoche and he will walk you through the process.   Call 202-270-9528 between 9 AM and 9 PM.

Genealogy Interest Group, July 18

The Genealogy Interest Group will meet by Zoom on July 18 at 3:00 PM.  The speaker will be David Wilderberg Howden. David is the Website Editor and Board Member of the Norwegian Genealogical Society.  He is the Administrator of the Norway DNA Project and has participated in a "cold case" shown on Norwegian television TV2 Crimescene Norway where DNA was used to help identify the family of a child found in a trash container.

If you are interested in joining the meeting please email Joel at
To get tips from last month’s GIG meeting on finding your ancestor’s birthplace, see page 7 of the June Newsletter. 

Norwegian History Roundtable  July 21
July Meeting: “Fridtjof Nansen, the godfather of all modern polar explorers” a talk by Timothy Boyce
Time: Jul 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Fridtjof Nansen (1861—1930) is considered the godfather of all modern polar explorers. In 1888 (at age 26) he became the first person to successfully cross Greenland from coast to coast.  At age 31 he organized and led a second expedition to the North Pole, which lasted three- and one-half years. Although he and his crew ultimately did not reach the Pole, they came closer than any humans had ever before, breaking the previous record by 150 miles. This lecture will explain who Fridtjof Nansen was, how and why he organized his polar explorations, focusing on the incredible challenges his venture to the North Pole faced, and his indomitable will to overcome all obstacles.

Timothy Boyce practiced law for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm with offices in 13 countries. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Finance, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  Tim, who currently lives in Tryon, NC with his wife Tara, two horses, two dogs, three cats, and almost 5,000 books, retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing
August Meeting “Odd Nansen and his diary ‘From Day to Day’” by Timothy Boyce
August 18, 7 PM

Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” From Day to Day is a World War II concentration camp diary—one of only a handful ever translated into English—secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen (Nobel Peace Prize, 1922), was held captive in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany. This inspiring diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity.  After having been out of print for over 60 years, Timothy Boyce rescued the diary from oblivion after reading the memir of another Holocaust survivor, whose life, as a 10 year-old boy, was saved by Nansen while both were prisoners in Sachsenhausen

Please contact Bill DeRoche for Zoom meeting codes and other information.

The Reading Circle

The Reading Circle will meet on Tuesday evening, June 16. It will be a Zoom meeting. 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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