Category Archives: Norway in the U.S.

Brooklyn Lodge’s 90th birthday

Photo: Ester Hall Brooklyn Lodge’s president of 12 years, Sigrun DiRienzi, and incoming president Corinne Hall cut the birthday cake.

After almost a century, Brooklyn’s Sons of Norway Lodge is not only surviving but thriving Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. On Saturday, April 26th Brooklyn Lodge celebrated its 90th Anniversary at Sporting Club Gjoa in Brooklyn. Besides the Brooklyn Lodge members and friends, about 60 others came out to wish them well, with a good representation from many Sons ...

Theodora Cormontan, forgotten composer

Photo: courtesy of Nancy Clasen, great-great-granddaughter of Theodora

A Minnesota couple discovered this little-known Norwegian composer in a box of discarded music, but they’re bringing her works to life Roy Jorgensen Hopewell Junction, N.Y. In May of 2011 Bonnie Jorgensen, a professional pianist, ran into some friends in a grocery store in St. Peter, Minnesota. They offered Bonnie some boxes of music that had been in ...

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Photo courtesy of the Looking Glass Theatre To save her father and mother, a young daughter makes a promise to live with a beastly bear, whose palace is secretly filled with nasty, bumbling trolls. East of the Sun and West of the Moon, based on a Scandinavian folk tale, is on now at the Looking Glass Theatre.

Looking Glass Theatre’s Norwegian folk tale turned play delights audiences of all ages in Brooklyn Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Perhaps you have seen the iconic Norwegian image of a beautiful young girl, hair cascading over her shoulders, riding a polar bear. Perhaps you did not know the genesis of this image; for it serves as a popular illustration ...

Stories from the Heart of America: Thirty-two generations

Photo: Larrie Wanberg Rick James Marzullo, Master Papercutter in front of his design honoring the 115 original settlers of Solvang, Calif.

Larrie Wanberg Features Editor Rick and Linda’s dream is to visit Scandinavia and set foot on the lands of their family heritage, dating back 32 generations. Their dream combines folk art, genealogy and a philosophy from generations past of a utopian cultural village. It seemed like it was destined to happen since childhood. “In Disneyland when I was ...

Fredheim SON Lodge: A modern-day Lazarus

Photo: Evelina Gustafsson / Wikimedia Commons Fredheim Lodge managed to involve young Norwegian Americans even when it’s not Syttende Mai.

While many Sons of Norway lodges suffer from diminishing numbers, this one turned the trend around Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Many Sons of Norway lodges across the country have been suffering from diminishing numbers. However, in Staten Island there has been a tremendous success story. Fredheim Lodge’s membership was down to 59 in February 2011, but currently boasts ...

From seaboard tabloid to cultural treasure

From the wayback machine, the back page of Norway Times from May 31, 1990, that paper’s 100th year of publication.

As NAW looks forward to its 125th birthday this May, here’s a brief history of the Nordisk Tidende, the paper responsible for 117 of those years Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles Mentioned in nearly every historical account of the Norwegian American immigrant experience, the early Nordisk Tidende—Norway Times—was a colorful, integral part of the tapestry woven by the ...

Weekend at Bredo’s

Photo: Matt Beldyk/Flickr A decorated hearse in the Frozen Dead Guy Days parade of hearses. Other events include coffin races, polar plunge, frozen salmon toss, and a "frozen dead guy" lookalike contest.

  A frozen Norwegian grandpa inspires the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days festival in Nederland, CO Denise Leland Norwegian American Weekly In 1989, Norwegian Bredo Morstoel (or Morstøl) died of heart conditions. He then traveled to the United States with his grandson, Trygve Bauge. But he was not in a coffin or urn as most of the deceased travel. ...

How to tag a Scandihoovian: on names

Photo: Anne-Lise Reinsfelt / Norsk Folkemuseum / visitnorway.com The Numedal Farmstead at the Norsk Follkemuseum in Oslo. Many Norwegian names are derived from the names of farms.

                  Though the countries share many cultural features, names usually identify a person as a Dane, Norwegian, or Swede Nancy L. Coleman & Olav Veka Brumunddal, Norway Most people know that there are many descendants of Scandinavian immigrants living in the USA today, but few know how many. The most recent estimates, from 2009, show that some 1,516,126 Americans ...

FLL Champions

Photo: Ove Røeggen FLL Champions in Hammerfest.  Photo: Ove Røeggen   from left: Dina Mølmann Hansen, Rasmus Rønning, Petter Brataas, Embla Kristiansen, In front from left: Marius Hagen, Ann-Kristin Schleis, Tonje Larsen

Hammerfest First Lego League team invited to World Festival in US Benedicte Schleis Hammerfest, Norway First Lego League (FLL) is an international competition whose purpose is to make science and math interesting to children and young people (ages 9-16). The theme of this year`s FLL challenge was “nature`s fury,” and the teams had to choose a natural disaster, ...

Artisans and ancestry

Photo: courtesy of Ray Kerns. Ray Kerns with one of his stained glass projects.

Ray Kerns, veteran and artisan, reflects on ancestry and connections with – and separation from – the past Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor A sole artisan designed and built the “7 Trails Trading Post,” which is home of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation as a “friends group” in support of the U.S. Park Service Knife River Historic Indian ...