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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 start Thursday, Jan. 19 at Norway House  (see below for more information)

Saturday February 18, Lodge Meeting 

The February potluck and lodge meeting at Norway House will be an evening of humor, storytelling and song presented by member Helene Dick-Hendrickson. Helene, a native Norwegian, is an accomplished performer and musician. While on an extended visit to Norway last year, she performed in Oslo’s youth opera programs at the Norwegian National Opera.

She has created a special program to perform live at Norway  House. If you can’t attend in person, you may join by Zoom at 7 PM for the program. The Zoom link will be emailed closer to the date. Please bring a potluck dish to share if you are attending at  Norway House. Doors open at 4, potluck at 5. All are welcome!

Tuesday February 14, Reading Circle 

The Reindeer Hunters by Lars Mytting

Saturday February 25, Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)

Jens Johan Hyvik, Professor of modern history, University of Southeast Norway, will join us by Zoom to speak about the period 1814 – 1850 in Norway. All are welcome to attend. Participants may join by Zoom or come to Norway House and watch the program on our new A/V system.  The Zoom link and information about the meeting format will be emailed closer to the presentation.

This program promises to shed light on the type of society many of our ancestors experienced prior to their journeys to America. Prof. Hyvik describes his program: “The Norwegian state that was founded in 1814 inherited its administrative elite as well as many structures from the absolutist Danish-Norwegian Monarchy that ended that year.

Sunday February 26, Norwegian History Roundtable (NHR)

Narvik, the History behind the Netflick Movie  3 PM  Zoom only.  The Zoom link and information about the meeting format will be emailed closer to the presentation.

Saturday March 18, Lodge Meeting   Scandinavian Modern Design in Norway

Description: Norway’s contributions to the Scandinavian Modern Design movement were many, even though the artists and products were not as well-known as their Danish, Swedish, and Finnish counterparts. Meet some of the most important designers of the mid-twentieth century and learn about their work in furniture, textiles, silver, glass, ceramics, and enamel. We are pleased to have Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim Chief Curator, give this presentation.  We have enjoyed Laurann's  presentations in the past.


Laurann holds a BA in Anthropology and an MS in Textiles & Clothing, both from Iowa State University. She has worked at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, for 30 years. She worked as the Textile Curator for 19 years and is now the Chief Curator. Among her duties are overseeing the collection of more than 30,000 artifacts, creating exhibitions, and leading Textile Study Tours to Norway.

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.

Norwegian Language Classes

We are delighted to resume in-person Norwegian language classes at Norway House on January 19. Classes will meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. (beginning), 7 p.m. (intermediate) and 8 p.m. (advanced). Lodge members pay a discounted fee of $15/class. Non-members’ fee is $20/class. Beginning and intermediate students will use the same textbooks used before the pandemic interruption: Påvei for beginners and Stein på stein for intermediate. Materials for the advanced class will primarily be articles distributed by the instructor.

Our wonderful instructor, Anne-Grethe Phillips, is returning to teach the classes. Anne-Grethe is a native Norwegian speaker who has many years of experience as a certified Norwegian/English teacher. She was born and raised in Norway, where she lived until she moved to Virginia eight years. ago. She is a graduate of the University of Oslo and has worked as a high school teacher in both Norway and the US. She is now working as a language instructor in Washington, DC. Anne-Grethe is looking forward to helping everyone in her classes enjoy their studies. Welcome back, Anne-Grethe!

If you have any questions please email Anne-Grethe at language@NorwayDC.org .