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Are you interested in Norway Literature, History, Folklore, Genealogy, Food, or Language? Do you want to connect to your roots, study the Viking age or the Norwegian Resistance in WWII, or discuss the latest in Norwegian culture?

The Sons of Norway members in the nation's capital, representing a diversity of background and nationality, share an interest in Norwegian and Scandinavian Culture. We trust that all ages will find something of interest -- in our web site and in our lodge. We have almost 400 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.

For information on membership, contact Shelley Mitchell (703-815-4367) or .

To Join Washington Lodge Click Here

For other information, contact Dave Brown .

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Lodge Meetings

November 19 (Saturday) 7 PM

Lori Ann Reinhall will be the featured speaker for the November meeting/As the Editor-in-Chief of The Norwegian American, Vice President of the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society and President of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, she is a major force in the Norwegian American Community. Lori Ann will talk about Norway and the Norwegian American Community today. Because of the Festival, this will be a Zoom only meeting. We will be emailing the Zoom information a week before the meeting.

Lori Ann is a forceful advocate for our heritage. In an article about Leif Erikson she said “Perhaps it’s in our DNA to be curious about the world around us, and the seafaring Vikings dared to venture out and discover what was beyond the horizon. No other historical figure embodies this Viking spirit better than Leif Erikson (spelling variations include Eriksson, Eiriksson, or Ericson), who made it all the way to North American shores. Leif is symbol for anyone who wants to go beyond set boundaries. Legend and archaeological evidence place him on shores of the New World centuries before Christopher Columbus. He has come to personify the Nordic immigrant spirit, and all immigrants for that matter.” (Norwegian American, September 20, 2021)

Because of the Christmas Festival, this meeting will be held only on Zoom. Zoom information will be provided a week before the event.

December 18 (Sunday) 2 PM - New Date

The Christmas time is the time to celebrate our heritage and traditions and share them with our children and grandchildren. This year we will have a special celebration for everyone in the lodge with special attention to our youngest members. We will have games, prizes, Norwegian songs and dances, and a wide range of holiday food, beverages, and sweets. Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share and feel free to bring an adult beverage of your choice. This is a party not a potluck dinner. Owen and Elspeth Christianson will provide entertainment for the children and adults.

Julenisse will make an appearance and with your help will have gifts for the children. If you are bringing children please bring a small wrapped gift which will be collected by Julenisse’s helper at the door, and please contact Youth Director Elspeth Christianson at so Julenisse knows you’re coming.

This will be a in-person event.

2022 Norwegian Christmas Festival

Saturday, November 5, 10 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, November 6, 11 AM to 4 PM

Friday, December 2, 10 AM to 5 PM

Saturday, December 3, 10 Am to 5 PM

Nordic café on site. Imported foods for sale (fiskballer, cheeses such as Nøkkelost, gjetost, Lefse, chocolates & more), Dale of Norway sweaters, jewelry, rosemaling, handicrafts, Nordic themed games/toys, Christmas décor, Kitchenware, linens, books and more. Visit the fjord horses and Lundehunds (unique Norwegian horse and dog breeds) – check the website for horse & dog schedules. The festival will be held at Norway House.

Reserve your spot – reservation system will launch Mid – October on this website.

Check this website for the current information on this event.

Questions email

Genealogy Interest Group

On October 22 at 3 PM (Eastern Time), Liv Birgit Christiansen ( took take a deeper dive into the many resources in the on-line Norwegian National Archives. Video of this event is available to Sons of Norway members until November 19th. Contact Joel Myklebust for the link.

Cultural Skills

This fall the lodge is running a Cooking Pin Challenge. Photograph the Norwegian treats and main dishes you cook this fall, and let’s see how many lodge members can earn a first, second, or third cultural skills pin before the end of the year! Email to find out more about the Cultural Skills program.

Norwegian Church Service

The Norwegian Church Service in Washington cordially invites you to a festive service to celebrate our 75th Anniversary on Sunday October 9th at 3 pm. After the service, there will be refreshments (Kirkekaffe) downstairs in the social hall. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20187. Please RSVP by October 2nd.

December Reading Circle, December 13, 7:30 PM

The Bell in the Lake

by Lars Mytting

As long as people could remember, the stave church’s bells had rung over the isolated village of Butangen, Norway. Cast in memory of conjoined twins, the bells are said to ring on their own in times of danger. In 1879, young pastor Kai Schweigaard moves to the village and has already made arrangements for the sale of the stave church with its bells. It will be dismantled and taken to Germany for reconstruction there. A young woman, Astrid Hekne, is attracted to the pastor and begins to imagine her role as the pastor’s wife. But when the young German student arrives to make sketches of the church as it is dismantled, she is also attracted to him and sees a potential way out of her village. She is suddenly caught between past and future, and dark forces begin to come into play. A complicating factor is that it was Astrid’s ancestors who gave the bells to the church and she wants them to stay in the village

For more information, please contact Christine Meloni

Swedish Genealogy

Drott Lodge of Vasa Genealogy Seminar Join VASA Drott Lodge #168 on Saturday, November 12, 2022 for a day of research at its Virtual Swedish Genealogy Conference. Our presenters are all experts in the field of Swedish genealogy. Register using the following link.

Norwegian Conversation Sessions

Until we resume weekly in-person language classes at Norway House, our intermediate and advanced students meet by Zoom for informal conversation most Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 PM. If you’d like to participate, please email