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1990 Hadeland Stevne
Amerikabesøk “America Visit”
June 22-24, 1990
The Hadeland Lag celebrated its 80th anniversary by sponsoring another trip to Hadeland for its lag members. On this visit the majority of the 55 Americans made their own flight arrangements, depending on the time they wanted to arrive and to depart from Norway. The headquarters for the 1990 Hadeland visit was the Tourist Hotel in Gran. E. Palmer Rockswold, president of the Hadeland Lag, was the coordinator together with the Hadeland Host Committee for this visit.
The visit began on Friday, June 22 with an annual meeting of the Hadeland Lag by the visiting Americans and their Norwegian guests. According to the information in the Brua, there was a “Welcome to Hadeland” program by the Host Committee that afternoon after which a delicious smørbrød luncheon was served. There must have been an evening program, but there is no evidence of it in the Hadeland Lag records.
Saturday, June 23 was St. Hans Day (Mid-summer Day) in Norway. There was a bus tour of Hadeland that day which included a guided tour of the Hadeland Glassworks and visits to selected sites in Hadeland. A delicious buffet banquet and program was held that evening at the Tourist Hotel. A traditional Mid-summer celebration bonfire was planned for later that evening, but because of the extremely dry conditions, no outdoor fires were allowed in Hadeland that June.
Sunday, June 24 worship services were again held at the Nicolai Church with special music by the Mannskor KK. The afternoon was spent at the Hadeland Folkemuseum where the visiting Americans and hundreds of Norwegians enjoyed a program by the Jevnaker Bygdeungdomslag leikarring (the Jevnaker Youth Folk Dance Group). Special presentations to the Folkemuseum were made by two of the visiting Hadeland Lag members. Robert Means, Edina, Minnesota, presented the museum with a World Craft Show Gold Medal which was awarded to his grandfather, a Hadeland immigrant, Lars Grinager, for the violin he made and which was exhibited at the World Craft Show in Paris in 1886. At the same ceremony, Paul Grinager, Sacramento, California, presented his exact and very intricate model of the old Grinager Stave Church.Ase A. Lange, Director of the Folkemuseum accepted the gifts.Both of these two items are on display at the Hadeland Folkemuseum.
Three extended tours for visiting lag members were offered by members of the Hadeland Lag. Each had a different length and traveled through different parts of Norway. Tom Skattum’s 14-day tour of western and central Norway departed Oslo on June 7 and ended in Hadeland on June 21. Verlyn and Evonne Anderson’s 7-day tour into western Norway left on June 27, after the Hadeland visit and returned to Oslo on July 1. Priscilla Sorkness Grefsrud’s 14-day began at Alta, in northern Norway on June 27 and visited scenic north Norway, including North Cape, Same (Lapp) villages, Tromsø and the Lofoten area before heading into the western fjord country where the tour ended in Bergen on July 10th.
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