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.
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.
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
A print ready Registration Form is available at this
site 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