Washington Lodge Website

 Version 3.4a  April 19, 2024 

 April Lodge Meeting
New Member Brunch
Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Norway House 3846 Meredith Dr.  Fairfax, VA 22030 (Directions)  

Sorry, but all reservations are filled for this event.  However, the meeting will be available on Zoom.  Contact Bill DeRoche  (Programs@NorwayDC.org) for the Zoom information. 

Each spring we host a brunch for members who have joined or transferred into our lodge during the last year. We want to get acquainted and thank them for joining.

Since this is not potluck, and since space is limited, we ask lodge members to use this reservation link to reserve a place for each person  who will attend. Due to space limitations, we must limit our invitation to members only. Please be sure to cancel if needed so others can attend. You can cancel using the confirmation email you will  receive from Eventbrite, or contact editor@NorwayDC.org. Questions about brunch? Email VP Jeff Jorgenson at VP@NorwayDC.org. Hope to see you there!

In honor of the award of the Nobel Prize in literature to Jon Fosse, we have added a page to the reading circle website with articles by Christine Meloni on Fosse and his work.     

Click to check out the Jon Fosse Page

How Miss Oslo Fought the  Germans 
Norwegian History Roundtable,
Sun., April 28, 3 pm, Zoom  

Author and actor Chris "C.C." Humphreys will regale us with the remarkable story of how his mother, Ingegerd Holter  Humphreys, used her position as Miss Oslo to assist the  Norwegian Resistance. C.C. is an author, actor, and swordsman and has played Hamlet in Calgary, a gladiator in  Tunisia, and a dead immortal in Highlander; he’s waltzed in  London’s West End, commanded a Starfleet in Andromeda,  and voiced Salem the cat in the original Sabrina. Mr.  Humphreys also was the voice artist for two of Janet Oakley's WWII audio books. Rest assured, this talk promises to be anything but dull. Email Bill DeRoche programs@norwaydc.org for the Zoom  information.  

May 19 NHR meeting: The Norwegian Gold Run, how Norway’s gold was saved during World War II.  

 Language Classes Resume 

The lodge offers beginning, intermediate and advanced Norwegian language classes every Thursday evening at Norway House. Our instructor is Anne-Grethe Phillips, a native Norwegian speaker with many years of experience as a certified Norwegian/English teacher. See page 9 of the January Newsletter.

 Treasure Hunt for Ancestral Sigdal Farms
Genealogy Interest Group
Saturday, April 27, 3 PM, Zoom  

The Genealogy Interest Group (GIG) invites you  on a captivating journey with lodge member  Jenn Forrest, a fourth-generation Norwegian  American, as she presents the research she  conducted to find her family farm in Norway. The years-long project aimed to find the farms where all of her immigrant ancestors had lived before  making the journey to America. This project culminated with a trip to Norway in October 2023  with her toddler son and mother to visit Brandbu  and farms in Sigdal. To meet the needs of all participants, the tour included playgrounds and libraries in Oslo! For this project, Jenn received support from Robert Johnson, 7 + Lag Stevne, Ancestry.com, her grandfather, and the Red River Genealogical Society.  

Jenn is furthering her research by taking a six-week immersive Norwegian language class at the University of Oslo this summer. She hopes to relocate to Oslo.   Following the presentation we will have an open discussion about future topics for the GIG.  

To receive the Zoom link email genealogy@NorwayDC.org.  

Check out the revamped GIG website with videos of several past meetings and a GIG calendar through May. 


For more information contact Joel Myklebust, Genealogy Interest Group Co-chair genealogy@NorwayDC.org.

Welcome to our Website

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 Jeff Jorgenson  at Jas_jorgenson@yahoo.com

To Join Washington Lodge Click Here

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

Hint: When you push a brown button, it will open a new tab on your screen. However, if you close the tab, it will return you to the previous screen.

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.