HALLINGLAG of America
founded in 1907
"Lat oss inkje forfederne gløyma"
(Let us not forget our forefathers)
100th Anniversary Group Photo
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"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.
2014 HALLINGLAG STEVNE WILL BE IN
AUGUST 21 – 24 (THU – SUN NOON)
Planning is well underway, led by the Blooming
Prairie team of Knutson and Trom. Blooming Prairie/Austin was the
largest Halling settlement area in the entire country at one time.
All stevne events will take place at the Holiday
Inn in downtown Austin. A block of rooms will be available there at
one rate and also at the Days Inn (same location) at a lower rate.
The distance between the two facilities is short and very walkable.
Meal plans are still being worked out, including a picnic in the
park. There is plenty to see and do in the area. Tours or visits are
being considered for St. Ansgar, IA, Hormel Institute and House,
Spam Museum, Westfield Lutheran and other churches, etc. Look to
future Hallingens and this web site for more details as they are
Index 1984 - 2011
above link loads a 335k .pdf file with an index to issues of the Hallingen,
published by the Hallinglag of America between 1984 and 2011.
information on where these issues may be found.
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 : www.fellesraad.com
have been visitors to this page since Oct 15,
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