The logo for the
2013 stevne includes the battle cry found on the flag given to the
15th Wisconsin (Scandinavian) Regiment by the Society
Nora in Chicago as the newly formed unit made its way to the front
in March of 1862. One
in five Norwegian immigrant men served during the Civil War.
Over 1,000 lost their lives.
Six received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
We will explore the experiences of Norwegian-American
soldiers on both sides of the fighting and learn about the war’s
impact on those waiting at home with expert speakers along with
sessions that will provide invaluable tips on
genealogy and presentations on the history and culture of Norwegian
immigrants in 33 classes
during the stevne.
You'll also have a chance to try your hand at rosemaling, hardanger,
Norwegian Finger Weaving, making Julekurv, and folk
On Thursday afternoon you’ll have a chance to soak up some
local history at the Stearns County Museum. The Oliver Kelly Farm
will transport you back to the farms of the 1860s. Just
minutes from the campus of St. John's University, take the
opportunity to learn aabout the St. John's Bible Project and view
the illuminated Bible created using authentic medieval methods.
Join the tour of Camp Ripley on Friday and learn about the Norwegian
Exchange, the longest running military training partnership between
two countries anywhere in the world and explore the artifact-filled Civil War exhibit
at the Minnesota Military Museum. On the way back to St.
Cloud, a stop at the
boyhood home of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh
is thrown in for good
We’re encouraging working folks to join us for the week-end,
beginning with the buffet supper and program on Friday evening.
Saturday morning the genealogy room and vendors will be open and
there will be a full slate of classes.
Kids are welcome, with special programming just for them
throughout the stevne, including their own Thursday afternoon tour
and supervised activities while the adults
attend individual lag meetings on Saturday afternoon. Everyone will
enjoy the Saturday
evening banquet, with entertainment by members of
Furuleiken spel og danselag from Gran, Lunner, and
Rooms at the Holiday Inn are available starting at $89.95 a night
plus tax. The Days Inn
faces the Holiday Inn entrance across a low traffic side street with
more budget-friendly rates starting at $62.96 plus tax.
Contact the Holiday Inn & Suites at 320-253-9000 or the Day’s
Inn at 320-253-4444 and ask for the ‘7-Lag Stevne’ rate. There are
campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, and dozens of other hotels and
motels for you to choose from in the St. Cloud area.
One word of warning for those who require handicap accessible
lodging: book early as these rooms are limited and go quickly!