Hallinglag of America

Founded in 1907.

"Lat oss inkje forfederne gløyma"
(Let us not forget our forefathers)


"Hallingdal is a rugged mountain valley in Norway, part of Buskerud County (fylke).  Many people migrated from this valley coming to America and Canada, especially during the 1800's. The Hallinglag is an organization formed in 1907 by these immigrants and their descendants. The Hallinglag aims to preserve and promote the unique cultural heritage given to us by these pioneers."

The above paragraph appears in each issue of Hallingen-the magazine that keeps Hallinglag members up-to-date on lag happenings and the message sums up why this group has actively pursued knowledge about its Norwegian heritage. The Hallinglag has published Hallingen, which was given that name in 1912, since 1908. The magazine is just one of the lag's many strengths. Several historical societies and libraries have complete collections, as do members and others. Although Hallingen was printed entirely in Norwegian for years, today only an occasional article is written in Norse.
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The Hallinglag banner was presented to the Hallinglag of America in Gol, Norway, June 1914. Members of the Hallinglag of America take pride in the lag's banner, which is pictured on the front of each issue of Hallingen and was depicted on a commemorative plate created in 1975.

Sixty-one years before that, Hallinglag members helped establish the tradition of commemorating the lag's heritage when a group of them traveled to Norway to celebrate the country's 100th anniversary of independence. A total of 1,242 Norwegian Americans went on that trip. 

The Americans brought the Norwegians many gifts; in return the Norwegian Hallings traveled to America the following year and presented the Hallinglag of America with a silk banner made in Christiania.

The banner's motif is from Hol, Norway, and Hallingskarvet is in the background. The man's costume is from the Norwegian town of Aal and the woman's is from the town of Gol. The banner proudly declares the lag's theme, "Let Us Not Forget Our Forefathers" which is from an Ivar Aasen poem.


Picture of man next to banner with same clothes.
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Stevne Information

Upcoming 2017 Stevne will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Grand Forks ND

August 10-12, 2017

Our program schedule is set starting with an optional tour of the Heritage Village in Grand Forks, Minnesota, 5 miles across the Red River from our hotel followed by our opening Reception at the hotel. Friday, we have a professor from nearby Mayville State College speaking on her experience working with elementary students and teachers in Norway. We also have a very qualified local genealogist speaking Friday morning, who will lead a limited number of our member researchers on the afternoon tour of the Special Collections Library at the University of North Dakota. For those who are not going on the tour, we have enlisted two of our members to entertain us at the hotel. Ken Domier of Edmonton Canada will share information on “Norwegians in Canada” and Bill Teie of California will have some interesting tales about his great grandfather, Osten Pladson, to share.

You can choose to enjoy the meatball/lefse dinner at the Sons of Norway Lodge on Friday evening, followed by a film at the hotel. Saturday morning is our annual business meeting, followed by some very special music. In the afternoon we will tour the Myra Museum to see our artifacts and other pieces, plus their outbuildings. One of these pieces will tie in with Bill Teie’s presentation on Osten Pladson’s altars. With high recommendations, we have booked Loy, Lloyd and Larry Larsen to entertain us at and after the evening banquet. Add all this together with several vendors, our Silver Singers, the Bunad Parade, the Silent Auction, Awards and the fun of seeing old friends and meeting new ones – and this should be a great Hallinglag!

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Hallingen Index 1984 - 2014

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Artwork of Hallingdal

The above link loads a .pdf file with an index to issues of Hallingen,
published by the Hallinglag of America between 1984 and 2014.

This file also includes information on where these issues may be found.







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Membership Information

Flyer about registration.

For a mail in Membership Form Click Here

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This is the home page of the Red River Valley Genealogical Society in Fargo, North Dakota where the 400+ resources in the Hallinglag of America M.Kay Buckingham Memorial Family History Collection are housed and available to researchers.  Click on the "Norwegian Collection" button for more information.

This link is to the online version of local newspaper in Hallingdal.

This link is to the page of the local radio station in Hallingdal.
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This site hosted by Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad : www.fellesraad.com