The Friendly Fifth

History of Lodges

Trollhaugen 417
South Holland, Illinois

The roots of Trollhaugen go back as far as 1866 or 1868 when Roseland #3 was under the "Knights of the White Cross" (RHK Order). The R.H.K. Order merged with the Sons of Norway in December 1938, and thus on January 20, 1939 Roseland 417 came into being.

Because the lodge was no longer meeting in Roseland and had few members there, it was decided in 1978 to choose a more Norwegian name which had more meaning for us. Trollhaugen, the name of Edward Grieg's home, was chosen by the membership and accepted by the Supreme Lodge.

Though our lodge has never boasted a large membership, it is most enthusiastic about Norwegian heritage, always giving support to the organizations of the "Chicagoland Norwegian Community". We have participated in the 17 d. Mai Parades in Chicago and Park Ridge for many, many years. Long hours have been spent in baking and making craft items to be represented at Ethnic Fairs.

Our monthly meetings are a mixture of business, fun, and learning. Fun consists of refreshments, parties and games. Learning experiences include a half hour Norwegian Language Lesson before the meeting (now being taught by our president). We have had demonstrations and presentations on rosemaling, folk dancing, bunads, trolls, and other Norwegian interests.

For over 30 years Trollhaugen Lodge has been responsible for decorating the Norwegian Christmas tree in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. This past year our tree was dubbed the "Tree of Love, Giving and Sharing". We had sent over 375 letters to Sons of Norway lodges in the United States, Canada, and Norway requesting a rosemaled ornament for the tree. The response was so good we are continuing the project until every state and every province in Canada and Norway are represented.

In 1989 Trollhaugen will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Plans are now underway to make this a memorable occasion and year.

.... Erlinga Kendall