Hallinglag of America

Founded in 1907.

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

Group photo from 2018 in Willmar, Minnesota.

Group Photo


"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.
Back to Top

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.
Picture of new banner. The original banner was retired in 2017 and is housed at the Myra Museum in Grand Forks ND. That original banner was beautiful and a treasure, however, transporting it to yearly Stevnes became a logistical problem. This new, retractable banner was created in 2017 and will be used from here forward. The new banner is 7 feet tall and weighs 5 pounds, making it easy to transport and store.
Back to Top

Stevne Information

Upcoming 2019 Hallinglag Stevne – New Ulm MN.

August 1-2-3, 2019

Our Opening Reception will be held at the Best Western Plus Hotel in New Ulm beginning at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 1. Come greet old friends and make new acquaintances while sipping on coffee and enjoying a treat in their Pre-Function area.

Our first speaker on Friday, August 2 will be Lori Lahlum from Mankato State who will explore the history of rural life and gender responsibilities of early Norwegian-Americans. Our second speaker will be Deb Nelson Gourley. Her talk will be centered around the 24 August 1862 Belmont Massacre of the Norwegian Settlement (~ 12 killed) in Jackson County, MN which was part of the Sioux Indian Uprising.

We will hold our Annual Business Meeting at 9:00 am Saturday, August 3, followed by a presentation by Joel Botten, a native of Hanska MN just down the road from New Ulm, on the Norwegian composer Theodora Cormontan.

Friday afternoon we will offer the movie “The 12th Man”, the true story of Jan Baalsrud and his incredible escape from the Nazis after a failed mission as a Norwegian resistance fighter. A group of 50 people will take part in a tour of the Schell Brewery (space is limited) after signing up at the Registration table. First 50 will be on the tour. Our evening meal will be at historic Turner Hall for the German specialty Geschnetzeltes.

Saturday afternoon will offer a chance to ask questions of Brekke Travel about our August 2020 group tour of Hallingdal. A special treat will be the appearance of Narren of New Ulm. A group sure to please with costumes and humor about the German culture in New Ulm.

We finish the Stevne with a Bunad Parade at 5:00 pm at the hotel. Our banquet will begin at 5:30 pm. Our evening entertainment will be by the Wendinger Band, a local group of musicians renowned for their German music.

A print ready Registration Form is available at this site which outlines all costs.
printer icon Printer friendly Registration Form.


Back to Top

Hallingen Index 1984 - 2014

Click here to load index.

Artwork of 

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.







Back to Top

Membership Information

Flyer about registration.

For a mail in Membership Form Click Here

Back to Top

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.
Back to Top

This site hosted by Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad : www.fellesraad.com