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 2017 Stevne will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Grand Forks ND
August 10-12, 2017
Our program schedule is set starting with an optional
tour of the Heritage Village in Grand Forks, Minnesota,
5 miles across the Red River from our hotel followed by
our opening Reception at the hotel. Friday, we have a
professor from nearby Mayville State College speaking on
her experience working with elementary students and
teachers in Norway. We also have a very qualified local
genealogist speaking Friday morning, who will lead a
limited number of our member researchers on the
afternoon tour of the Special Collections Library at the
University of North Dakota. For those who are not going
on the tour, we have enlisted two of our members to
entertain us at the hotel. Ken Domier of Edmonton
Canada will share information on “Norwegians in Canada”
and Bill Teie of California will have some interesting
tales about his great grandfather, Osten Pladson, to
You can choose to enjoy the meatball/lefse dinner at the
Sons of Norway Lodge on Friday evening, followed by a
film at the hotel. Saturday morning is our annual
business meeting, followed by some very special music.
In the afternoon we will tour the Myra Museum to see our
artifacts and other pieces, plus their outbuildings.
One of these pieces will tie in with Bill Teie’s
presentation on Osten Pladson’s altars. With high
recommendations, we have booked Loy, Lloyd and Larry
Larsen to entertain us at and after the evening banquet.
Add all this together with several vendors, our Silver
Singers, the Bunad Parade, the Silent Auction, Awards
and the fun of seeing old friends and meeting new ones –
and this should be a great Hallinglag!
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Hallingen Index 1984 - 2014
Click here to load index.
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 Click Here
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