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SKJOLD LODGE
MARCH MEETING FEATURES AWARD WINNING AUTHOR KATHLEEN ERNST

March 17, 2019 -2:00PM
AUYA Ukrainian Center
136 East Illinois Avenue
Palatine, Illinois
2nd floor meeting room
GUESTS ALWAYS WELCOME AT SKJOLD LODGE MEETINGS!
BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

Our March meeting’s speaker, author Kathleen Ernst, will discuss “Chloe Ellefson: The Stories Behind the Stories” (with a special focus on Norwegian culture and heritage).

THE AUTHOR:
Kathleen Ernst is the award-winning, bestselling author of thirty-six published books, which together have now sold over 1.7 million audio, eBook, and printed copies.

Working as Curator of Interpretation and Collections for 12 years at the outdoor living history museum, Old World Wisconsin, Ms. Ernst has woven this experience into the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series.

Photo Credit: Kay Klubertanz




THE CHLOE ELLEFSON SERIES:
The series is for adults and mature teens with each book being a traditional mystery (no explicit sex, violence, or gore) about a reluctant sleuth and her police officer boyfriend Roelke McKenna. She's a curator at Old World Wisconsin (sound familiar); he's a cop in the nearby village of Eagle.

YOU CAN HELP! Print a color copy of a flyer and post at your local library or bring to any club or organization meeting of a group you belong to. <Click on the thumbnail to the left>.




Trønderlag of America
2019 Norway Heritage Tour
July 19-August 2, 2019

OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS FOR THE FIRST TIME
  13 nights hotel lodging with Scandinavian breakfast buffet.
11 dinners / evening meals.
5 lunches
Tour manager with the group during the whole trip.
Train ticket Oslo Airport – Oslo (downtown)
City tour with guide Oslo
Oslo Pass 72 hours (free access to most museums and attractions in Oslo, free public transportation)
Entrance to other museums as described in the program
Train ticket Oslo–Trondheim (A comfortable and scenic train ride by Lake Mjøsa with the cities Hamar and Lillehammer, through Gudbrandsdalen, across Dovre Mountain, Oppdal, through Gauldal to Trondheim (not commonly part of any Norway tour).
City tour with guide Trondheim
Boat trip to Munkholmen
Bus transportation Trondheim – Snåsa – Namsos – Verdal – Trondheim
Ticket to «Spelet om Heilag Olav» in Stiklestad (see picture below)
Transfer from Trondheim to Trondheim Airport Værnes
*SPECIAL VENUES, AND MORE
<Learn more at the tour website>

*WE EVEN VISIT THE "STAVE KIRKE" BUILDING DISASSEMBLED AND MOVED FROM "LITTLE NORWAY" IN WISCONSIN TO ORKDAL IN NORWAY WHERE IT WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT FOR THE 1893 INTERNATIONAL COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION IN CHICAGO (next picture)
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Picture: Dedication of the "Norway Building" back in Norway
Image Credit: madison.com
<Click-Tap Here> to read about the dedication of a memorial plaque placed in Chicago at the original site of the building in Chicago in 1893. You may have been in this building during a visit to "Little Norway". This is a chance to see it back in its original home!
<Click/Tap on the Image> to view a slideshow of the buildings journey.
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You will attend Spelet om Heilag Olav (A Saint Olav outdoor theater performance held at Stiklestad every July)
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*THOSE WHO HAVE TRAVELED TO SCANDINAVIA BEFORE WILL RECOGNIZE THIS CUSTOM TOUR AS A GREAT VALUE AND NOT JUST YOUR PLAIN OLD PACKAGED TOUR!

TOUR: $3,490 (single supplement $690)
AIR FARE: Heritage Tour members often do additional travel before and/or after a tour. With so many variations, members need to arrange their own air fare.




Trønderlag of America is a "bygdelag" (organization which focuses on a specific area of Norway for genealogy and family history research and to maintain a connection between its members and their heritage). Founded in 1908, Trønderlag of America members trace their Norwegian heritage back to north and south  Trøndelag fylker (counties) in Norway.  A main goal is to aid in the preservation of Norwegian history, culture and heritage for coming generations by collecting and preparing historical information and data relative to immigration and settlement and to encourage research and writing of family, immigration and settlement histories.

Trønderlag's 2014 Heritage Tour included marching in the Syttende Mai parade in Trondheim, a private tour and organ performance in Nidaros Cathedral where the lag made a 15.000 NOK donation, a special genealogy research session at the regional archives, and attendance at a special Nidaros Cathedral service with the King and Queen. The tour group was interviewed by 3 different newspapers while in Trøndelag.

Your bygdelag may sponsor similar tours. Many times these tours are simply an existing travel company's tour that happens to go through the area of your heritage, with a couple of modifications. Now is your chance to experience one that by its very nature is a custom experience in Norway.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LET OTHERS KNOW ABOUT YOUR BYGDELAG'S TOUR?
Skjold would be happy to let others know about your tour or any Scandinavian-American event in or near Chicago.

Remembering Lillian Berge.

Remembering Lillian Berge. BERGE, Lillian Agnes (nee Evenson), 93, of Wildwood, MO formerly of Huntley, IL. Loving mother of Wendy Berge Gray (fiancé Joseph Christopoulos), the late Eric Oscar Berge and Lisa Berge (Ronald Lee) Johnson. Former long devoted wife to Oscar J. Berge. Beloved grandmother of John-Austin Gray and Evan Oscar Gray. Dear eldest sister of the late Helen (late Edward) Froelich, the late Edward "Buddy" (late Emily) Evenson and Elese (late Joseph) Filepek.

Born in Sister Bay, WI, Lillian lived in Door County most of her childhood days. Lillian moved to Chicago's Northshore after honorably serving as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy in San Francisco, CA. She worked in the family business, Berge Builders and Gobe Management for over 30 years. Proud of her Norwegian heritage, she was active in the Skjold Lodge/ Sons of Norway and well known as "Lefse Lil".

Her true joy in life was being a devout Christian within her many church circles throughout her life. Her beautiful spirit is now at rest with her heavenly Father above, yet may it live through each of us.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to Foundation Baptist Church (204 Spring Street, Cary, IL. 60013). If this is not possible, an unexpected act of kindness for some unfortunate soul in her name would be heartfelt.

Family and friends are welcome to a private graveside service and internment at Mount Emblem Cemetery, 520 East Grand Avenue, Elmhurst, IL at 12:00 PM on September 21st, 2016.

A "MEMORY BOOK' SHARING IMAGES OF LILLIAN OVER THE YEARS IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW BY CLICKING/TAPPING HERE.