2022 Calendar

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Schedule for 2022

January 15, Saturday, 7 PM Tom Spindler on Norman Borlaug

Tom Spindler of Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation will talk on the formative years of Norman Borlaug. One of the three Norwegian Americans who have received the Noble Prize, Borlaug is the father of the “Green Revolution”. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “His work in developing countries, especially on the Indian subcontinent, is estimated to have saved as many as one billion people from starvation and death”.

January 22, 2022, 3 PM Y chromosome and the prediction of haplogroup from Y-STR values

Whit Athey, Physicist and genetic genealogist, developer of the first publicly available haplogroup predictor we will discuss how recombination has occurred in the autosomal chromosomes of a family group, and how the contribution of each grandparent can be determined from sibling autosomal matches. Both a numerical/computational approach and a visual/graphical approach will be presented. Knowing the particular grandparent origin of each part of one’s genome can assist in determining the relationship to distant matching cousins.

Tuesday, February 15, Tuesday, 7:30 PM The Viking Heart by Arthur Herman

The Viking Heart, Arthur Herman melds a compelling historical narrative with cutting-edge archaeological and DNA research to trace the epic story of this remarkable and diverse people. He shows how the Scandinavian experience has universal meaning, and how we can still be inspired by their indomitable spirit. For more information, please contact Christine Meloni cfmeloni@hotmail.com. Arthur Herman will join the discussion.

February 19, Saturday, 7 PM History of Norwegian Sweaters

Laurann Gilbertson Learn about the history of different types and styles of Norwegian sweaters, including Setesdal, Fana, Marius, and Olympic. Gilbertson will also talk about the symbolism behind some of the patterns and colors on sweaters made today. Be sure to wear their favorite sweater to this talk.

February 26 Saturday, 3 PM Using Bygdebøker for Norwegian Genealogical Research

Many bygdebøker contain details about individuals and families and, thus, are useful resources for researching Norwegian ancestors. This presentation will provide search strategies and tips, utilizing a couple of research examples, along with advantages and disadvantages to using bygdebøker. In addition, I will discuss the history and activities associated with our Arne G. Brekke Bygdebok Collection at the University of North Dakota. -- Michael Swanson, Archivist, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, University of North Dakota. For more information, please contact Joel Myklebust at Joel.Myklebust@gmail.com

March 19, Saturday, 7 PM St. Patrick’s Day celebration The Vikings and the founding of Dublin

Jennifer Paxton will talk on the Viking influence on the Founding of the city of Dublin. Jennifer Assistant Director of the University Honors Program and Clinical Assistant Professor of History at The Catholic University of America. She was previously a Professorial Lecturer in History at Georgetown University, where she taught for more than a decade. The holder of a doctorate in history from Harvard University, where she has also taught and earned a Certificate of Distinction, Professor Paxton is both a widely published award-winning writer and a highly regarded scholar, earning both a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and a Frank Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowship. She has given several popular talks to our group.

March 20, Sunday, 1 PM Lundehund Play Date The local Lundehund families invite you to join them at their next puppy play date in the backyard of Norway House.

March 26, Saturday. 3 PM The Barony Rosendal

The Norwegian poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, author of Norway’s national anthem, published a poem in 1890 where he claimed that Norway was a nation of cottages and not castles. He was mostly right, but not entirely. In the 1670s, three lordships was established in Norway, and at one of them – the Barony Rosendal – a small stone castle was built. Even though the Barony Rosendal is exceptional, it is still representative for the Norwegian economy and social mobility throughout most of the nation’s history. By claiming that Norway was a nation of cottages, Bjørnson also implied that it was a nation of modest farmers. However, at least at the coastline Norway was a nation of entrepreneurs that engaged in pre-industrial enterprises and trade both locally and overseas. This is revealed when studying the history of the Barony Rosendal in the 17th and 18thcentury. -- Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, Professor in legal history at the Department of Public and International Law, University in Oslo, Researcher at the National Library. For more information, please contact Joel Myklebust at Joel.Myklebust@gmail.com

April 5, Tuesday and April 19, Tuesday 10 AM to Noon. April Library Hours & Festival Food Sale

The Lodge Library will be open! Your can check out your favorite books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, and VHS. You can also purchase a selection of Festival food at 20% discount. Check out the Library section for a complete catalogue of our Library's holdings.

April 19, Tuesday, 7:30 PM Reading Circle Encircling by Carl Frode Tiller (Facilitator -- Ruth Nybro)

The brilliant first novel in the Encircling Trilogy, a searing psychological portrait of a man by his friends. David has lost his memory. When a newspaper ad asks his friends and family to share their memories of him, three respond: Jon, his closest friend; Silje, his teenage girlfriend; and Arvid, his estranged stepfather. Their letters reveal David’s early life in the small town of Namsos, full of teenage rebellion, the uncertainties of first love, and intense experiments in art and music. For more information, please contact Christine Meloni cfmeloni@hotmail.com

April 23, Saturday, 10 AM . New Member’s Brunch


The annual New Member Brunch has been a wonderful tradition for our lodge but, for obvious reasons, we've had to cancel the last two. Now we are very happy to once again invite all members to a brunch to celebrate our newest members. We will offer a Zoom option for those who'd prefer to attend virtually.

Also, we are mindful of the new Omicron variant which has now reached the US. We are keeping an eye on its progression and will adjust our plans should local rates and/or rules change. All who attend in person should be fully vaccinated and please wear a mask if you are more comfortable doing so.

Norway House, 3846 Meredith Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030 directions

April 23 Saturday, 3 PM Finding information about ancestors in less well known places

Alexis Steen, GIG member with extensive experience in finding information about ancestors will discuss finding information about ancestors in less well known places. This program will focus on ways to go beyond vital statistics (Birth, Marriage, Death) and bygdeboker, such as epitaphium and Norwegian Church Biographies.

For more information, please contact Joel Myklebust at Joel.Myklebust@gmail.com

May 28 Saturday, 3 PM Beginning DNA

Beth Sparrow, President, Nebraska State Genealogy Society. In Beginning DNA, we will discuss where you can get a DNA test, why you should or shouldn’t test, what you might expect, what results mean, and a little bit of what to do with the results. I am not an expert on DNA, so I promise I won’t speak “over your head”. This will be good for those who are thinking about testing, and those who have tested but don’t know what to do now.

For more information, please contact Joel Myklebust at Joel.Myklebust@gmail.com

June 18, Saturday, 5 PM Picnic and Meeting -
Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration through the Lens of Knud Knudsen

Chris Johnson, Laurann Gilbertson Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Look for answers in the dramatic black and white photographs of Knud Knudsen, considered one of Norway’s most important early photographers. He often returned from his studio in Bergen to the village of Tokheim to capture scenes of everyday life. Despite the idyllic landscape, Knudsen’s work vividly shows some of the factors that led to above-average rates of emigration from this region. The Picnic will be at 5 and will be followed by a hybrid Zoom/ lodge meeting at 7 PM. Zoom links will be provided by email.

June 22, Tuesday 7:30 PM -- Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen (Facilitator -- Mary-Eileen Earl Manning)

For more information, please contact Christine Meloni cfmeloni@hotmail.com

July 16, Saturday, 4 PM Picnic

August 16, Tuesday, The Half Brother by Lars Christensen (Facilitator -- Richard Henninger)

For more information, please contact Christine Meloni cfmeloni@hotmail.com

August 21, Sunday, 4 PM Picnic

September 17, Saturday, 6 PM. Meet our Members Part 1

We will have short presentations from two of our members and some beautiful videos of Norway on our new A/V system. Rhonda Ferguson-Augustus will talk about her experience in Norway as an au pair, U.S. Council, and retiree. R.C. Allen will talk about his visit to Petersburg, Alaska, and his pictures of this remote but thriving Norwegian American community.

September 24, Saturday, 3 PM. Ethnicity Estimates from DNA, Genealogy Interest Group

Many of us have had one or more DNA studies and have received varying and changing estimates of ethnicity. On September 24 at 3 PM (Eastern Time) Dana Kelly, Executive Director, Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (https://www.nagcnl.org) will return to speak to our group. She will discuss how ethnicity estimates are calculated and why they often don't match our expectations.

October 15 (Saturday) 6 PM Meet our Members Part 2

We will have short presentations from two of our members and some beautiful videos of Norway on our new A/V system. Tina Keune will talk about rosemaling and her award-winning creations. Blake Ryan Thompson will talk about new discoveries concerning the national liturgy of late medieval Norway.

October 18, Tuesday 7:30 PM Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen (Facilitator -- Laurie Jaghlit)

For more information, please contact Christine Meloni cfmeloni@hotmail.com

October 22, Saturday 3 PM The Norwegian National Archives Genealogy Interest Group

Liv Birgit Christiansen (https://genealogicalresearchnorway.blog) will take a deeper dive into the many resources in the on-line Norwegian National Archives. Joel Myklebust will send an invitation soon for anyone who would like to suggest ancestors to serve as examples for her presentation.

November 5, Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM Norwegian Christmas Festival

November 5, Sunday, 11 AM to 4 PM Norwegian Christmas Festival

November 19, 7 PM Lodge Meeting Lori Ann Reinhall, Editor of the Norwegians American Newspaper

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)

December 2, Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM Norwegian Christmas Festival

December 3, Sunday, 11 AM to 4 PM Norwegian Christmas Festival

December 18, Sunday, 2 PM Jultrefest (Christmas Party)

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 youth@norwaydc.org so Julenisse knows you’re coming.

December 13, Tuesday 7:30 PM The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting (Facilitator -- Elizabeth Bruening)

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 cfmeloni@hotmail.com