Every August we have a get together, called a stemne, in a town or city in the upper Midwest. At our stemne we gather to celebrate our Norwegian heritage, to share in fellowship and friendship, to learn about our own genealogy and family history and to listen to speakers and entertainers. Every fourth year we travel together to Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, together to keep alive connections between our two countries.
Make plans to join us for our next stemne:
August 9-11, 2018
2018 Hallinglag Stevne – Decorah IA 2018
Sognefjordlag Stemne – 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/Stemne. Hallinglag and Sognefjordlag will hold their Annual Business Meetings in separate rooms 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 free-will offering.
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 (2 pm) for a presentation by the Boone Fiddler, David Swenson, who will entertain with music and various forms of Norsetalgia.
Sognefjordlag will end its stemne Saturday afternoon after David Swenson’s entertainment. There was no space available for Sognefjordlag to join Hallinglag’s evening acivities.
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 (special rate requires 3-night stay). It will be necessary to request the Hallinglag rate.
A print ready Registration Form is available which outlines all costs. Registration due by August 1.
Reserve your room now at the:
Quality Inn - Decorah ($115 incl. breakfast)
mention Hallinglag Group Lot when you call 563-382-2269 their direct reservation line.
or Super 8 - Decorah ($84 incl. breakfast)
mention Hallinglag Group Lot when you call 563-382-8771 their direct reservation line