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“Daughter’s of Norway: Past, Present and Future” with Jill Beatty
April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFREE
This is a virtual ONLY event via Zoom: Register here
The Daughters of Norway first began in Minneapolis in 1897, with expansion adding the Pacific Coast Lodges in 1905. The organization’s bylaws provided for a governing body, which is the Grand Lodge, to hold annual conventions. This would promote social and cultural exchange among its members. Business was conducted relating to governance and maintenance of the modest fraternal burial fund that existed at that time for the benefit of individual members. All convention and lodge meetings were conducted in Norwegian. (In 1915 a sister lodge to Idun in Madison, WI, was formed: Fremsyn 53, Daughters of Norway. After the mid-western Sons and Daughters lodges formally merged in 1952 Fremsyn lodge was disbanded.) The lodges along the west coast from California to Washington continued to flourish and grow into adjoining western states. More recently, lodges have been added in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. Currently there are 30 active Lodges and about 1550 members.
About our speaker:
Jill Beatty is a 3rd generation Norwegian-American, and very proud of her 100% Norwegian heritage. She was born in Minneapolis, MN, attended the U of M graduating with a BS in Elementary Education. All her family members belong to the Sons of Norway.
Her grandparents and great-grandparents were homesteaders in Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Her Norwegian family roots are from Stamnes, Hordaland, Holt, Aust-Agder, Vang, Valdres Oppland, Sveio, Hordaland and Amøt Buskerud. Each area is quite different, and in 2005 she visited and explored these areas.
In 1986 she moved to Petaluma, California. She belongs to Anna Kolbjørnsdatter Lodge #36 in San Francisco. She is a dual member of the Minot, ND Lodge Mina Aasen #55, and currently serves as their Cultural Director as well as being a dual member of the Pauline Fjelde Lodge #51 in Minneapolis, MN. That is one of the lodges she helped organized during the time she was the Organizational Chair for the Grand Lodge.
The Daughters of Norway Goals are as follows:
To unite into a sisterhood, women who wish to preserve Norwegian heritage To maintain among members a knowledge of the history, culture, and language of Norway To build a strong support system and bond of friendship within the sisterhood.
Please register at the top of the page and watch this interesting program with us on April 22!!