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May 15, 2023 Version 2.5a

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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 vp@norwaydc.org .

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For other information, contact Dave Brown President@norwaydc.org .

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Norwegian Language Classes every Thursday at Norway House

Beginner at 6 PM, Intermediate at 7 PM, Advanced at 8 PM -- stay for as many classes as you like in one evening. Email Language@NorwayDC.org if you have questions.

Saturday May 27, 3 pm Politician and Pirate — Two Sides of the Same Coin   Zoom Meeting

Genealogy Interest Group (GIG) Christoffer Trondssen Rustung (app. 1500-1564) has often been portrayed as a pirate in Norwegian history. However, we must remember that politics in 16th century Europe was violent and that those who performed politics also performed violence. From this perspective, Rustung was very much a man of his age. He seems to have been well educated, he had meetings with emperors, kings, queens and other magnates, two of his daughters were at the court of Queen Mary in Scotland, was a very successful admiral who fought large warships with small vessels in dangerous waters, and was known for his riches.

The GIG presentation on Rustung will be by Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, Professor in legal history at the Department of Public and International Law at the University of Oslo. He has written extensively on Norwegian legal history, courts and police from medieval times to the present, winning numerous awards. From 2002 to 2021 he was a researcher at the Rosendal Barony resulting in the book From a Shetland Lairdship to a Norwegian Barony: The Mouat Family and the Barony of Rosendal.

This book was the basis for a presentation to the Genealogy Interest Group last year. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGRLQBcnXkQ).

Submitted by GIG Co-chair Joel Myklebust, genealogy@NorwayDC.org.

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 culturalskills@norwaydc.org to find out more about the Cultural Skills program.