2022 Calendar

Tentative 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



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 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 16, Saturday, 12 PM New Member’s Brunch

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

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


June 18, Saturday, 7 PM 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.

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

July 16, Saturday, 4 PM Picnic

August 21, Sunday, 4 PM Picnic

September 17, 7 PM Cultural Skills Program

October 15, 7 PM Lodge Meeting TBD

November 19, 7 PM Losge MeetingTBD

December 11, Sunday, 2 PM Christmas Party