Sons of Norway was organized as a fraternal benefit society by 18 Norwegian immigrants in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 16, 1895. The purposes and goals of the Founding Fathers were to protect members of Sons of Norway and their families from the financial hardships experienced during times of sickness or death in the family. Over time, the mission of Sons of Norway was expanded to include the preservation of Norwegian heritage and culture in our Society. We have grown since our beginning and are now the largest Norwegian organization outside Norway.
We promote Norwegian traditions and fraternal fellowship through the cultural and social opportunities offered in local lodge and district lodge activities. These activities include language camps and classes, scholarships, handicrafts, cooking and heritage classes, heritage programs, sports programs, travel opportunities, Viking Magazine, and outreach programs sponsored by the Sons of Norway Foundation.
We're a thriving organization fueled by the participation and support of our members. As of December 2014:
Trollheim Lodge 6-110 currently is the largest Sons of Norway lodge in District 6 with 365 active members. Our active membership meets every 3rd Monday evening of each month for our General Meeting at 7:00pm.
As a Norwegian group, we love to sample and eat the great foods of Norway and other places with our monthly pot luck dinner. Come to enjoy breads and cheeses, potatoes, chicken, meatballs, herring, salmon, open-faced sandwiches and more in a buffet style dinner. We encourage you to begin or end at the dessert table to sample all of the home-made desserts of the season. This is a dinner to look forward to each month! After dinner a cultural experience is planned for the group and may include a presentation of language, arts, foods or travel. This is a great time to reconnect with your Norwegian heritage or your love of Norway. Simply hearing the stories from other members is a treasure not soon forgotten.
Trollheim Lodge sponsors many cultural activities ranging from Norwegian Language Class, Rosemaling, Genealogy, Cooking, events for the children, Crafting, History and more.
Dinners are a large part of our lodge. January brings the Lutefisk dinner, May is the Smorgasbord, September is traditionally the Walleye Fish Fry. Each November, our focus is on the Christmas Fair. Our local handmade Norwegian crafts are available for purchase as well as lunch, which may include open-faced sandwiches and/or meatballs.
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