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* January 6, 2020, we are releasing a completely new Trønderlag of America website.
*The old site had some maintenance issues which were difficult to solve.
*The new site allows us to more easily have key information available.
* More site visitors are using mobile devices.
*The new site is a "responsive" design that adapts to the size and orientation of the device being used
*Try using your phone or tablet. Notice how the way the page and elements on the page change when you use smaller and smaller screens. Turn your phone from vertical to horizontal and back to notice how the information changes.
We hope this new implementation makes our site and information about Trønderlag of America more accessible to you.

Nancy Hawkinson, Secretary

January 3, 2019

We relect with sadness at Nancy's passing and remember all she has done for Trønderlag of America.

Nancy's contributions to Hudson, Wisconsin, were significant.

She was recognized for her many efforts on behalf of genealogy researchers and those interested in the history of Hudson and the St. Croix Valley with the naming of the Nancy L. Hawkinson History Room at the Hudson Area Public Library.

Nancy was posthumously named 'Citizen of the Year' at the Town of St. Joseph annual meeting on April 11, 2019. Nancy's husband, Art Hawkinson and members of their family were present to posthumously accept the award.
Nancy was one of the many poll workers the township relied on every election day. Nancy had a passion for documenting the history of the area, genealogy, traveling, reading extensively, was an active participant in organizing the History Room at the Hudson Area Public Library and much, much more.

Half of Nancy's Norwegian ancestry came from Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag, her great grandfather's family emigrating to Minnesota in the 1880.


NORWAY HOUSE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
We recently made another $500 donation to Norway House taking our total to $1,100 (and with matching grants, effectively $2,100).

 NIDAROS DOMKIRKE, Trondheim, Norway
Trønderlag of America donated 15.000 NOK to Nidaros Cathedral to help pay for the restoration of the Steinmeyer organ. The donation was presented at the cathedral in 2014 where our Heritage Tour group was given a private tour of the cathedral, a private performance on the organ and photographed and interviewed by the Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten. When it was learned we were in Trondheim, we were interviewed by three different newspapers, attended church services at Nidaros with the King and Queen and marched in the Syttende Mai parade on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian constitution.

Officers of Trønderlag of America were also present at the 1930 dedication of the organ. That year the Norwegian-American community also donated a Silver Crucifix in 1930 made of 90 KG (198 pounds) of silver.  This was all done on the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Stiklestad.
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HANS BARLIEN MEMORIAL, Sugar Creek (Keokuk), Iowa
When a group of 30 Trønders came from Norway to place a memorial at Scandinavian Cemetery in rural Lee County, Iowa, Trønderlag of America assisted with some tour logistics and donated $500 to help pay for the placement of the memorial. Our President traveled to Iowa for the placement ceremony and our Treasurer and the Norwegian Consul General of Chicago were guest speakers at the groups farewell dinner prior to their returning to Norway. Our President also made a generous personal donation to the group.  Hans Barlien has been credited with the 1839 establishment of the first Norwegian-American immigrant settlement in Sugar Creek, Iowa. On our 2019 Heritage Tour our group traveled with one of the original members of the group to the Norwegian area of Hans Barlien's heritage.
Photo Attribution: Lauren Zechin / Daily Gate City

Trønderlag of America has published a series of Årbøker (year books) which contain family histories, biographies, etc.).  In 2017 our Board voted to donate årbøker to genealogy/family history organizations. That donation list can be found on our publications page.