New Videos on the Lodge YouTube Channel
Norman Borlaug - YouTube
Norman Ernest Borlaug developed the groundwork for the “Green Revolution” that revolutionized agricultural technology. 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”. His numerous awards include the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the United Nations FAO Agricola Medal.
The lodge was pleased to partner with the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation (NBHF) in presenting a program this distinguished Norwegian American. Our featured speaker was Tom Spindler who is a Past President, Property Manager and Education Coordinator for the NBHF in Cresco, Iowa.
Finnmark Witch Trials
Finnmark Witch Trials - YouTube
We’re all familiar with the Salem, MA witch trials of 1692-93, but did you know there were witch trials throughout northern Europe in the 17th century, and that in the remote region of Finnmark, Norway, over 100 “witches” were tortured to death or burned at the stake during that time? Dr. Liv Helene Willumsen will discuss the Finnmark witch trials at a joint Zoom meeting of the Reading Circle and the Norwegian History Roundtable on Sunday, Nov. 21. Dr. Willumsen is Professor Emerita of History, University of Tromsø, and translated the Finnmark witchcraft trial transcripts to English. Her publications include Witchcraft Trials in Finnmark, Northern Norway and Witches of the North, Scotland and Finnmark. The Reading Circle learned about these fascinating and appalling events thanks to the historical novel The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, who cites Dr. Willumsen’s “invaluable” research. You might want to start reading this novel now, before the meeting. The Zoom link will be emailed to the newsletter distribution list shortly before the meeting.
Brick Walls in Genealogy and how to Deal with Them.
If you do Genealogy, you have met Brick Walls. You have the name of a Great Grandfather but do not know where he was born. In this “nuts and bolts” session members discuss these problems and show how they got around them.
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. Many the battalion’s members were Norwegian sailors - one of them was Hans A. Larsen from Tønsberg, Norway. Antoni Pisani, Norwegian journalist and author of “The Canal Drive: The 99th Infantry Battalion and the Liberation of Belgian Limburg”, presented the overall history of the unit. Relatives of Hans A. Larsen shared his story. This was a Zoom meeting of the GIG on September 25, 2021
The Viking Heart
At the October meeting of Washington Lodge, Dr. Arthur Herman discussed his most recent book, "The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World." Herman is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Pulitzer finalist, and the author of nine books. From a Wall Street Journal book review: "The Viking Heart is an absorbing and humane account of how the long-ago ancestors of modern-day Scandinavians—the Vikings—shaped Europe as warriors and how, later, their more orderly descendants left a profound cultural and material mark on the U.S. as immigrants." The presentation was given via Zoom on October16, 2021.