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."
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.
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
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.
Upcoming 2018 Stevne will be held in Decorah IA.
August 9-11, 2018
Our Opening Reception will be held at the Bruening
Visitor Center (on the same block as Vesterheim, 520 W.
Water Street, Decorah IA) beginning at 6:00 pm on
Thursday, August 9. Come greet old friends and make new
acquaintances while sipping on coffee and enjoying a
treat and the beautiful artwork of Sigmund Arseth.
We have secured the use of the Decorah Lutheran Church,
309 Winnebago Street in Decorah for the 2018 Stevne. We
will hold our Annual Business Meeting at 9:00 am Friday,
August 10, followed by a presentation by Laurann
Gilbertson, Chief Curator at Vesterheim on “Gifts From
Norway”. She follows her presentation with Antique ID
(you bring the artifact and Laurann will supply
information about it). A catered lunch will be
available at the church.
Friday afternoon we will journey to nearby Spring Grove
MN to tour the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center,
followed by a meal at Trinity Lutheran Church. A
special concert by the Luren Singers, a men’s chorus
well known in the area, will be held at the church after
the meal to which the public is invited funded by a
Saturday morning, August 11, will find the entire group
at Vesterheim Museum for tours, both for the inside
exhibits and the many outdoor buildings and artifacts.
We will return to the church Saturday afternoon for a
presentation by the Boone Fiddler, David Swenson, who
will entertain with music and various forms of
We finish the Stevne with a Bunad Parade at 5:00 pm at
the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, 1725 Washington
Prairie Road, just outside of Decorah. Our banquet will
begin at 5:30 pm. Our evening entertainment will be by
the Ladies of the Fjord, three accomplished hardanger
You are encouraged to seek lodging in Decorah as soon as
possible as they have limited rooms available in that
city. We do have blocks of rooms at the Quality Inn &
Suites and next door at the Super 8. It will be
necessary to request the Hallinglag rate.
A print ready Registration Form is available which outlines all costs.
Printer friendly Registration Form.
Hallingen Index 1984 - 2014
Click here to load index.
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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.
For a mail in Membership Form
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 page of the local radio station in Hallingdal.
This site hosted by Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad