Washington DC Lodge (3-428)

Sons of Norway

Version 1.4 October 15, 2021


“The Viking Heart” by Arthur Herman


We are pleased to welcome author Arthur Herman to our October Lodge Meeting. He is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller “How the Scots Invented the Modern World.” The Zoom meeting will be on Saturday, October 16 at 7 PM. See Upcoming Events for more information.


The Story of “Roosevelt’s Vikings” - the 99th Infantry Battalion

In the Footsteps of Norwegian War Sailor and WWII Combat Veteran Hans A. Larsen


Join us on the Norwegian History Round Table to learn about the 99th Infantry Battalion - the famed Norwegian-American army unit which fought in Europe during world war two. A large number of the battalion’s members were Norwegian sailors - one of them was Hans A. Larsen from Tønsberg, Norway.


Presenting the battalion story will be the Norwegian journalist and author of “The Canal Drive: The 99th Infantry Battalion and the Liberation of Belgian Limburg”, Antoni Pisani - while relatives of Hans A. Larsen will share his story; nephew Ove Vennerod, daughter Rita Kurtz and son-in-law John Lunde.


Hans left Norway in 1939 to join the Norwegian Whaling Fleet. The following spring Hitler invaded Norway and he was now unable to return to his parents and siblings. He arrived in New York and found work. Later joined the 99th Infantry Battalion and trained with them in the Rockies - skiing and hiking in preparation for action in Norway.


In this session, we follow in the footsteps of Hans and the battalion - during training in the US and Great Britain, the fighting in Normandy, Belgium, and Germany. And we learn about Hans’ and the other men’s long-awaited return to Norway in 1945.


I will be sending out the link on October 17. Contact me for the Zoom link. (Programs@NorwayDC.org)


Velkommen to our new Website

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).

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

To Join Washington Lodge Click Here

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

You will have noticed that we have redesigned the website. The new site will provide better graphics and a seamless integration with external web sites such as Facebook and YouTube. It will also allow the special interest groups control over their part of the website. The disadvantage is that we are using two methods of navigation. The brown buttons are used to navigate outside of the main website (the one you are using now) to external website or documents. The tabs (on the black bar above main picture) are used to navigate within the main website.

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.