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Schedule of Speakers
Sons of Norway District 5 Convention 2024
June 19-22
Indianapolis Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel

We are proud to present an impressive group of speakers at the District 5 Sons of Norway Convention.
Speaker presentations begin Wednesday morning and continue until Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, June 19

Corlene Bartels: Stave Churches in America 10:45 am
Corlene Bartels is the President of the Norsemen of the Lakes of Walworth County, WI. She is the daughter of a 100% Norwegian mother descending from the area northeast of Stavanger. She grew up in northern MN and lived in the northwest of that state near Bemidji that has many families of Norwegian descent. In 1997 she and her sister traveled to Norway to visit their ancestral country. Having visited a Stave church in Wisconsin before one in Norway, she found out why they were called “Stave”. Returning home, she created a PowerPoint to inform others of Stave churches
in America and why they were built in our country. She loves to show you each of them.

James Nelson: Norwegian Folk Beliefs 1:00 pm
Jim Nelson has a music education degree from Augustana College, Rock Island; and graduate degrees in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin (Madison); and the University of Washington (Seattle). He has taught Scandinavian courses at the University of Wisconsin, Camrose Lutheran College (now the Augustana campus of the Univ. of Alberta), Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota), the University of Washington and the University of Oslo. He taught public school music in the US and for 15 years in Norway. He also created and taught courses in Nordic and Norwegian folklore and traditional beliefs at Concordia College and the University of Oslo. 
Jim has been a featured performer at folk music festivals and sung with or directed three Norwegian male
choruses. He is a member of Duo Scandinavica and Lingonberry Jam. Jim and his wife, Irene, are members
of Scandiana lodge in Chesterton. He is past president of the lodge. 
He will give a presentation on Norwegian folk beliefs and superstitions based on classes he has taught.

Rivojen Jørn Magnus Langseth 2:30 pm
Rivojen Jørn Magnus Langseth will present insight into Sami art in his four presentations which will all center around the topics:
From old ornaments till today’s bit data: How do we communicate?  Shapes and context within Umesami ornaments. 

Thursday, June 20

James Nelson: Norwegian Music and Dance 9:00 am
Jim Nelson has a wide range of things Norwegian to share. His interests range from music to language, to cultural customs, and beyond. He will present a program on Norwegian music, with a couple of traditional dance steps: the reinlender and the medieval "songdans" or Færøydans. In the songdans, one person leads the dance and the singing. In Norway and the Faroe Islands, the dance-and-song leader sings on the verses (which tell a story) and the other participants sing the refrain. The step is always identical - two steps to the left, then one to the right, over and over, while forming a circle or a large "S".

Mike Charman 10:30 am
I have had a very varied and wonderful life starting in Liverpool England in 1944 and taking me to Norway in 1970. I have spent 40 years in Norway or working on Norwegian ships. I have sons and grandchildren in Norway. We visit every year and yes, I have been a Norwegian citizen since 1984.
I will talk about the early years of my life and come quickly to my time in Norway. 

1:00 pm District 5 Presentations to be announced
1:50 pm District 5 Presentations to be announced
3:45 pm Delegate Orientation for delegates and interested members

Rivojen Jørn Magnus Langseth 7:00 pm
Rivojen Jørn Magnus will continue to discuss symbols of the Umesami culture used on drums and other objects and discuss communication with these symbols.

John Arneson 8:00 pm
John Arneson packed up the family vehicle, persuaded his wife to be the navigator, and followed the trail of his great-grandfather’s Civil War experience.  He will talk about that trip and share genealogy resources he found helpful.

Friday, June 21

Amy Beyer: The Salt Story 9:00 am
Amy Beyer and her husband took a trip to Norway and became interested in Norwegian salt. That adventure
turned out to be the motivation for starting Salty Provisions. Enjoy her story and visit her booth featuring salt
of many flavors from Norway.

Adolf Hansen, PhD. : A Boy in Brooklyn, Growing Up in a Norwegian Colony in the 1940s and 50s 10:45 am
Adolf Hansen grew up in a community of Norwegian immigrants in New York City. He wrote a book about the culture of this group of immigrant families and how he was deeply influenced by meaningful relationships with peers which continue to the present. His story is a wonderful counterpoint to the immigrant stories we usually hear which most often are about growing up on a farm.

Annegrete Langseth 1:00 pm
Annegrete Langseth works to preserve Sami culture and art. She constructed the traditional dress outfit for her husband, an example of only one of her talents. She will speak on a topic of her choice.

Daron W. Olson, PhD.: Vikings 3:45 pm
Daron Olson is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University East. He will present information on Vikings from his extensive research. He is author of Vikings Across the Atlantic, Emigration and the Building of a Greater Norway, 1860-1945

Sara and Rick Long: Fjord Horses 7:00 pm
Sara and Rick Long love Fjord Horses. Learn about their work with these special horses. Check out the Facebook page for Steppin’ Out Stables to see pictures of their fjord horses and other breeds they raise. 

Rivojen Jørn Magnus Langseth 8:00pm
Rivojen Jørn Magnus Langseth continues his series of talks about communication with symbols featuring Sami culture examples.

Saturday, June 22

David Ostrem: Carving in Wood 9:00 am
David Ostrem will share information about working with wood to transform a simple block of wood into things ranging from useful utensils to whimsical figures. He has been wood carving for 45 years, has taught the craft for many of those years, and has been a judge at several wood carving shows. David has studied with many outstanding carvers in the United States, Switzerland, Austria, and Canada.  He has taught classes at Vesterheim
and at the Clearing in Door County.

Rivojen Jorn Magnus Langseth 1:00 pm
Rivojen Jorn Magnus Langseth presents his last program of Sami art and cultural connection to communicating with traditional Sami figures and designs.


Rivojen Jorn Magnus Langseth will present insight into Sami art in his presentations at the Sons of Norway District 5 Convention.
The presentations will center around the topics:
From old ornaments till today’s bit data: How do we communicate?   Shapes  and context within Umesami ornaments. 
The artist will give presentations Thursday and Friday evenings and during the day Wednesday and Saturday of convention week.

Lynx Lynx Entertainment at D5 Banquet Dinner

Lynx Lynx to present entertainment at Convention Banquet

Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg are the duo known as Lynx Lynx which will perform at the banquet of the District 5 Sons of Norway convention Saturday evening, June 22, 2024. They join their Scandinavian forces to play a variety of string instruments including fiddles, Hardanger fiddles, guitars, and mandolin. The mix of tunes is put together by both their original and traditional Nordic fiddle tunes.

Patrik Ahlberg is a multi-instrumentalist from Sweden. He regularly plays and performs music of both the United States and Sweden. His current projects include duets of contemporary tunes and arrangements with Nashville fiddler George Jackson, a duo with Norwegian hardanger fiddler Vidar Skrede, and a solo exploration of Swedish fiddle tunes on the classical guitar. Vidar Skrede

Vidar Skrede is from Haugesund, Norway, currently living in Milwaukee, WI. He is a performer and teacher of Hardingfele, fiddle, and guitar, with a background in traditional music from his home area, Rogaland, and has a master’s degree in performing Nordic folk music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Vidar has numerous bands, projects, and record albums to his credit both in Scandinavia and America. He has received nominations and awards for his albums in both Norway and Finland. He has toured all the Nordic countries, Scotland, Canada and the United States, and has performed with a wide range of artists, including Liz Carroll, Bruce Molsky, and Natalie Haas from the US. Vidar is a leading musician on the Nordic folk music scene, well known for his own tune creations played and recorded by many artists besides himself

General Schedule for Sons of Norway District 5 Convention 2024

Here’s what is happening and when it is happening in Indianapolis
from June 19 to 22, 2024,
at the Indianapolis Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel

Classes begin Wednesday as requested by previous delegates.
Some classes last 3 ½ days, some are only one day long, one class is a half day offered twice, one class lasts 1 ½ days.
Students need to register for the class they wish to take ASAP to ensure that they have a place.
They also need to choose carefully since no refunds will be given.

Delegates are free to take classes Wednesday and Thursday if they are not on a committee.
Delegate fees for the 3 ½ day classes are prorated for the amount of time they are available to attend.
There will be no refunds for classes unless there are not enough students to offer a class.

Speakers on various topics will begin sharing their knowledge Wednesday afternoon and continue throughout the convention.
There will be entertainment Wednesday evening, speakers Thursday and Friday evenings, and the banquet Saturday evening.
Speakers and evening gatherings are included in the registration fee.

The banquet has a separate fee which includes the meal and entertainment.
Friends who wish to come only for the banquet are welcome. They may order tickets through someone who is registered.

Out-of-town delegates will need to arrive Thursday evening so they are ready for the start of business at 8 am on Friday morning.
The second day of business begins Saturday morning also at 8 am.
Delegates who are elected to offices will be installed at the banquet Saturday night.

What a wonderful opportunity to show off bunader!
Plan your schedule, reserve your hotel room, register for the convention and for classes you wish to take, then come and enjoy!

Sons of Norway District 5 Convention Classes Offered

June 19 – 22, 2024 Indianapolis, Indiana
Read the requirements for Rosemaling, Hardanger Embroidery, and Carving to find the skills required to earn medals. Many of those skills will be covered in class. Do the extra work and earn medals for your accomplishments.

Rosemaling: June 19-22, 2024
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am-4pm;
Saturday 9am-11am,
Cost: $165 including blank plate.
Lois Mueller, Vesterheim Gold Medalist, instructor
Lois Mueller has been a member of Circle City for many years and is a well-known, experienced rosemaling instructor. She has taught many classes for Norwegian groups including the three-day rosemaling class she developed for the D5 convention held in Appleton, WI.  Lois has been rosemaling since 1977 and teaching rosemaling since 1979. She first taught at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI and since then has taught throughout the United States. During the pandemic she added virtual teaching to her repertoire. Since receiving the Gold Medal from Vesterheim in Decorah, IA in 1998, Lois has written 9 rosemaling instruction books. She was part of a group that created a new organization called Rosemaling Coast to Coast which
connects rosemalers from throughout the country.

Students, please bring the following supplies:
Paper Towels
Palette (Could be a Styrofoam tray/plate)
Container for water or small containers for oil mediums
Container to put palette with paint in overnight
Tracing Paper
Transfer paper –light color
Palette Knife ( Can be a plastic knife)
Painter’s tape
Box for a 12” plate for transportation
12” ruler
Experienced painters please bring your own brushes.
Brushes may be purchased at class for about $15 for the two brushes that will be used on the project.
Acrylic paints will be provided. Lois also works in oils for those who bring their own oil paints.

Knitting—a Two-Color Project -June 19-22, 2024
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am-4pm; Saturday 9am-11am,
Cost: $150 instruction only
Berit Skaare, instructor

Berit Skaare is an avid knitter. She is also very busy helping young people get an education in an impoverished area of the world. The foundation she started in Tanzania has grown from supporting educational fees for a few orphans, to providing new buildings and staff for elementary, middle, and high school levels of school for hundreds of children. There is now a plan for helping students at the college level. The knitting class is for students who have a basic understanding of knitting - knit, purl, cast on, cast off, etc.

The project will be in two colors.
Students supply the following:
Pattern of choice
Two colors of yarn (wool yarn recommended)
Needles recommended for the pattern
Students interested in the knitting class may contact Judy Ghastin at for help choosing a pattern.

Needle Felting -June 19, 202
Wednesday, 9am-4pm,
Cost: $65 including materials
Barb Johnson and Connie Kross, instructors

Connie Kross and Barb Johnson celebrate their Norwegian heritage 24/7/365! If there is a Norwegian organization meeting or a Scandinavian celebration happening, they will probably be there. Barb is cultural director for her lodge and has facilitated numerous opportunities for members to earn cultural medals. Connie serves on the Board of Directors of District 5, including the Cultural Committee. Both instructors are creative
and avid crafters.

Hardanger Fiddle
Friday 9am-4pm,
Saturday 9am-noon
Cost: $150 instruction only
Vidar Skrede: instructor

Vidar Skrede is a well-known hardingfele musician who teaches and performs throughout the United States and other parts of the world. He is from Milwaukee, WI, via Norway and is half of the duo, Lynx, Lynx, which will perform at the convention banquet Saturday evening. Vidar plays multiple instruments, produces albums, and works with several bands/groups.
The class is designed for students with at least basic fiddle experience who have a hardingfele and can tune it.

Stamping (special stamps designed for SofN District 5) - June 19-22, 2024
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am-4pm;
Saturday 9am-11am,
Cost: $150 instruction only
Ann Corbiere-Scott, instructor, Connie Aiello and others assisting

Ann Corbiere-Scott is an artist who designed a series of special stamps for District 5 to use in making unique Scandinavian cards. Her website is anncorbierescottdesigns where you will find her artsy designs. Connie Aiello serves on the District 5 Board and has previously taught stamping and on-line cooking classes for District 5. She is an energetic, creative crafter who is interested in a variety of craft work. Other talented crafters will also assist during the week.

Supplies and equipment for purchase at the class:
Beginning Stamp Kit (needed for class $15) tape runner, gridded stamp block, memento (Tuxedo Black) ink pad, and boning tool.
Stamp sets $16 per page Alphabet, Christmas, Easter, more
Gridded stamp block ($6)
Ink pad – Memento (Tuxedo Black) ($8)
Boning tool ($1.50)
Mini artist glue ($3)
50 foam dots (1 sheet/$1)
Enamel dots (10 pkg/$1)
Ruler ($2)
Colored pencil pack ($2)
Twine (1 yd/25¢)
Silicone mat ($3)

Hardanger Embroidery -June 19-22, 2024
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am-4pm;
Saturday 9am-11am,
Cost $175 includes kit
Donna Olson, instructor

Donna Olson became interested in Hardanger embroidery in the early 1970s when she learned the craft from descendants of Norwegian immigrants in Stoughton, WI who were preserving the tradition of their families. She continues to maintain the Hardanger tradition through her teaching. She has taught at seminars for the national Embroidery Guild of America which honored her with a feature article about her Hardanger embroidery work in their magazine.

Students bring small scissors.
The basic kit is included in the class fee. (pattern, fabric, thread, needle)
The project, Small Treasures, is four 6” x 6” doilies of different designs.

Skills covered in class include:
thread counting/stitching issues
beginning/ending threads
clean back side of doily
various flower styles
weaving/lacing styles

Carving Ornaments
Thursday 9am-noon;
Friday 9am-noon
Cost: $60 including one wood blank
David Ostrem, instructor

David Ostrem has been wood carving for 45 years. He has taught the craft for many of those years and has been a judge at several wood carving shows. He has studied with many outstanding carvers in the United States, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. He has taught classes at Vesterheim and the Clearing in Door County. David’s philosophy is to give students a fun experience in a highly motivated atmosphere.

Students bring:
a good carving knife
Fisherman’s glove
Sharpening tools will be available in class.

Sami-Inspired Bracelet
Thursday, June 20, 2024
Cost: $75 including materials
Dawn Gunderson, instructor

Dawn Gunderson is president of Sons of Norway Lodge Cleng Peerson, 5–525. In 1905 her grandmother's parents and siblings came from Ibestad, Troms, Norway. Since Trøms is in the Northern part of Norway, Dawn was hoping that her family had a relationship with the Sami people. That is how she started making Sami influenced bracelets

Materials are included, but there are some things you need to bring:
Small scissors
Hand towel
Small needle-nose pliers (to pull sinew through the leather) 
A lighted magnifying glass (if you have bad eye sight) 
Rubber cement or Elmers glue.

An Invitation to be a Volunteer at Convention

2024 District 5 is hosting the 2024 convention at the Indianapolis Crowne Plaza Airport hotel June 19-22 since no local lodge offered to host the meeting. The Executive Committee and the Convention Committee are leading the planning with help from the other District 5 Board members. The hosts will be busy with District 5 business Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of convention week. Volunteers are needed to help while the Board membersare in meetings.

Members of Circle City, Skandiana, and members from throughout the district are invited to volunteer their time to help introduce speakers, register guests, check in with instructors and vendors for any needs, stand by at the District 5 Lodge meeting to call for any help needed from hotel staff, watch over the cultural arts display, check meal tickets, and other tasks that make the convention machine keep rolling.
•If you live in or near Indy, close enough to drive over for a day, come volunteer for a day or a half day.
•If you attend as a non-delegate, volunteer during part of your stay.
•If you are attending only during your volunteer hours, you do not need to register.
•The shifts are half a day in length with informal breaks arranged among those at the same station.
•You will check in at registration to pick up your special identification.

Your extra effort will help make the convention run smoothly.
Thank you for any help you can offer.
Judy Ghastin Convention Chai

Classes Offered at the D5 2024 Convention

Another reason to go to Indy in June!

The following classes will be offered at the Sons of Norway District 5 Convention in
Indianapolis June 19-22, 2024.

Classes will start Wednesday to allow delegates to attend two days of class as requested in the past. 
Work toward Cultural Arts medals in Rosemaling, Carving, and Hardanger Embroidery.

Details will be posted soon. 

Figure Carving
Hardanger Embroidery
Stamping with D5 commissioned stamps
*Sami-influenced Bracelet making
*Needle Felting
Knitting - pending
Hardanger; regular fiddle - pending

Classes are open to delegates on Wednesday and Thursday. 
Non-delegates may take classes Wednesday through Saturday.
*indicates one-day class

Jorn Langseth Sami Artist Guest Speaker at District 5 Convention

Sons of Norway District 5 will feature a Norwegian artist of Sami heritage at the 2024 convention in Indianapolis from June 19-22. 

 Jorn Magnus Rivojen Langseth  is well-known for his drums and other artistic pieces connected with the Ume Sami culture as well as interesting presentations advocating for Sami language preservation and describing Sami culture and history.  He will give presentations on Sami culture, specifically regarding the significance of Sami drums.  The presentations will include slides of his drums and other works of art ranging in size from large outdoor installations to small, exquisite knives.

Langseth’s passion about his Ume Sami heritage fuels his creativity and is expressed in his works to preserve the symbols, language, art, food — every aspect of the Sami culture.  He shares his knowledge with others through art shows, personal appearances, and at the Umesamisk ressurssenteer in Norway.

His art has been featured in shows throughout Norway and in other parts of the world. Arrangements are being made for Langseth’s art to be displayed at Vesterheim Norwegian-American museum in Decorah, Iowa next year.

Rivojen Art can be found on line for examples of Langseth’s work.

Langseth will be available after June 23 for speaking engagements in June and into July. 
If your lodge or an organization in your area is interested in arranging a personal appearance, contact
Judy Ghastin at

Judy Ghastin
District 5 Sons of Norway
Cultural Director
Convention Chair

2024 Cultural Arts Display

Calling all members of Sons of Norway District 5!
Prepare your cultural arts projects for display at the District 5 Convention in June, 2024 in Indianapolis.
Any cultural arts project completed since June of 2022 is eligible for display. An important part of the convention is the presentation of folk art projects completed by members. Your work will be appreciated by members from throughout the district. What a wonderful opportunity to display your skill and show others your contribution to carrying on traditional skills.

This year our display space is somewhat limited, so it is more important than usual to register your pieces as soon as they are completed.
The judging will be people’s choice;
  • there is no fee;
  • preregistration is needed
  • work must have been finished after the last convention;
  • SofN members only may enter
  • work must be completed by the person registered as the artist
  • each item must have appropriate identification attached
  • items will be kept in a locked room overnight
  •  volunteers will monitor the display during the day.
Cultural Skills Categories include:​
  • ​rosemaling,
  • Norwegian weaving,
  • Nordic or Sami-influenced knitting,
  • Norwegian needlework (Hardainger embroidery, Klostersøm, Diamantsom, Nålbinding),
  • crocheting,
  • tatting,
  • wood carving (figure, relief, chip carving),
  • bent wood construction,
  • photography,
  • painting,
  • knifemaking,
  • stained glass,
  • kolrosing.
Cultural arts items may be checked in at the display area Thursday, June 20th between 1 pm and 3 pm
Items may be sent with someone if the artist is not attending the convention

Send questions to Judy Ghastin at

Judy Ghastin
District 5 Cultural Directo