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

The Norwegian History Roundtable has launched a new website.   Click here to view the site,

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September Newsletter (PDF) posted 9/1/2020

Upcoming Lodge Meetings & Events

September Lodge Zoom Meeting – Saturday, September 19,  7 PM

 We are pleased to welcome Lee Morgan, an expert on the Iditarod race, to our September Zoom meeting

The Iditarod is the premiere long-distance sled dog race.  Each March teams of 14 dogs travel the 938-mile distance from Anchorage to Nome.  In 1973 the race became an annual event. Since then only five non-Americans have won the championship. Of the five, four are Norwegian.  In the last three years, two of the winners have been Norwegian.

Lee has participated in this race as a veterinarian. He is a widely respected Veterinarian, having won numerous awards including WebMD Magazine “Heroes of Health”, Morris Animal Foundation: Best Veterinarian in America/Northeast Region, and Veterinary Practice News: Veterinarian of the Year. He has been associated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Geographic, the Department of the Navy, International Space Station, and other organizations.  He has treated or studied a wide variety of animals including Crocodiles, Seals, tropical poison arrow frogs, and Egyptian falconoid mummies. In addition to his many accomplishments, he speaks Norwegian and Spanish.

Zoom Information
Time: Sep 19, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 725 315 4889  - No Password
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October Lodge Meeting:  Our Man in Oslo   Saturday, October 17, 7 PM

Richard Phillips was posted to the American Embassy in Norway about three year ago. We have been enjoying his observations about life in Norway in the Capital Viking.  He is back in the states and will be discussing his experience along with his observations on Modern Norway and the future of Norwegian and American relations.

Zoom information will be provided in October.

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.

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.

September NHR Meeting Tuesday, September 22,  7 PM  Viking Stories

We are pleased to have members of the Longship Company talk to the NHR. The Longship Company, Ltd. is a non-profit educational organization which operates two replica Viking ships in St. Mary's County, Maryland, though we have been known to travel as far north as Canada. 

Bruce Blackstone and other members of the group will talk on several topics concerning the Vikings and answer questions.  The topics of the talk are:
1) Ships and Ship Building in the Viking Age
2) Viking Woman and Their Significance.
3) Vikings in the Media – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Zoom Information
Meeting ID: 725 315 4889

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October  NHR, October 27,   7 PM

Wendy Swallow on Understanding Ibsen

Zoom Information will be provided in October

Wendy Swallow will speak to the Norwegian History Roundtable about how she drew from her historical and literary research to fashion a compelling and authentic work of historical fiction rich with themes of love, family, self-determination, truthfulness and forgiveness. Searching for Nora recently won two awards for fiction about the American Midwest, including a silver medal IPPY (Independent Publisher Book) award.

Swallow is a former Washington Post reporter and professor emerita at American University in Washington, DC, where she taught journalism for nearly two decades.  She lives in Reno, NV, and Orleans, MA.  She gave a talk of her book, “Searching for Nora”, at a lodge meeting last year.  This talk will concentrate on her research into Ibsen and his plays.

You can learn more about Swallow and her novel at Searching for Nora. The novel, published in fall 2019, is available as a trade paperback ($16.99, list price) or an e-book ($9.99, list); for details, see Searching for Nora Book Deal

August Meeting “Odd Nansen and his diary ‘From Day to Day’” by Timothy Boyce

The August Meeting is now available on our YouTube Channel  along with other meetings.
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

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

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 She will send you a Zoom link. All are welcome!

Submitted by Reading Circle facilitator Christine Meloni

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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