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“The Norwegian Society was created as a forum where Norwegians can gather and socialize”

The Norwegian Society, or “Det Norske Selskap i District of Columbia”, as it was first called, was formally founded on February the 19th, 1902. Everyone, i.e. men only, of Norwegian descent were eligible for membership. Ladies would be admitted only on special occasions. The growth of Washington between World Wars I and II marked a change in the purpose and direction of the Society. Women joined the ranks as the membership grew, increasing emphasis was placed on culture along with good fellowship. After World War II, the Society took on a new direction. It became a helping hand for the Norwegian Embassy..

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The Norwegian Society, or “Det Norske Selskap i District of Columbia”, as it was first called, was formally founded on February the 19th, 1902. Everyone, i.e. men only, of Norwegian descent were eligible for membership. Ladies would be admitted only on special occasions. The growth of Washington between World Wars I and II marked a change in the purpose and direction of the Society. Women joined the ranks as the membership grew, increasing emphasis was placed on culture along with good fellowship. After World War II, the Society took on a new direction. It became a helping hand for the Norwegian Embassy.

The Norwegian Society was created as a forum where Norwegians can gather and socialize.

Our Gallery

  • Annual Sankthans Picnic / Midsummer Celebration at the Staalesen Farm in Frederick, MD