District 5 Merchandise
Scandinavian Photo Contest Playing CardsThese playing cards are the final product of the District Five
Scandinavian Photo Contest. There were 72 entrants from over 25 lodges
who submitted photos from their personal travels to Norway, Sweden,
Denmark and Iceland. From the 331 entries, District 5 members voted on
their 10 favorite scenes and favorite troll. The top 10 scenes and top
troll became the Peoples' Choice awards. Additional photos were
selected to create an entire deck of playing cards, with these Nordic
scenes printed in the center of each card, where a group of spades,
hearts, diamonds or clubs normally would be shown. The title of the
cards are on the top of the cards, with the photographer and their lodge
at the bottom. Click here to view all photos submitted to the contest
Thank you to Nancy Andersen of Polar Star lodge - Montgomery IL for compiling the index
of the playing cards, which gives you more information about each picture in the deck.
The index is a supplemental information, something that is NOT going into the deck,
Click here to download a pdf copy of the file, To learn more about these beautiful Nordic scenes.
Cards will ship on or before October 1, 2020.
You may place an advance order using the order form.
The Norwegian Settlement BookThis book is based on The First Chapter of Norwegian Immigration, written by Rasmus Anderson in 1895. He was spellbound by tales his neighbors told about their pioneer life. He was the first professor of Scandinavian Studies anywhere in the United States. As old pioneers were dying off, he began a letter writing campaign to ask them to write down their memories. Anderson added excerpts of old interviews of pioneers from Billet-Magazin. This book, The First Norwegian Settlements in America is an abridged version of Anderson's book. The sequence has completely changed. Additional research has been added. Photos from the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library and public domain sources have added to more richly illustrate and add meaning to this work. If we want to understand our Norwegian-American roots, it is important to learn about our immigrant ancestors. Hopefully, this book will help broaden your understanding of your Nordic heritage.