District 2 - 100th Anniversary Celebration
In 2010, the District 2 Sons of Norway will celebrate their 100th Anniversary. Join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion.
Why Fram, forward into the future? Fram means forward in English! The Sons of Norway organization continues to move forward into the future by developing programs to honor our ancestry and interest in historical and modern Norway while adapting to new technologies.
The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic Countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to our members.
2010 honors the centennial of the consolidation and merger on 9 July 1910 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, of the Grand Lodge of the Sons of Norway of the Pacific Coast organized on 13 May 1903 with Sons of Norway organized on 16 January 1895 in the Midwest to become Sons of Norway with two districts.
This medallion commemorates the formation of District 2 which was comprised of lodges in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia then. From 1913-1924 lodges in Montana were part of District 2 as well. In 1952, California lodges were transferred to the new District 6. Then in 1966, British Columbia lodges were transferred to District 7. We now have lodges in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
The polar ship, Fram, sailed to both the North and South poles. "She has voyaged further both north and south than any other ship in history." In August 2010 she celebrates the 100th aniniversary of the beginning of her historic voyage to the South Pole with Roald Amundsen and his crew.
Roald Amundsen visited the Pacific Northwest many times and included stops in Seattle and Stanwood so he could raise funds for his explorations and celebrate birthdays with friends. He spent a great deal of time in Seattle while another of his ships was being repaired.
The original masts for the Fram came from the Pacific Northwest in the early 1890's. The Fram was built to test Fridtjof Nansen's theories on the currents of the Arctic Ocean. She is considered an "ice ship" and was specifically built for this type of exploration. Then (summarized from Taftezon memorial history located in the Stanwood Area Historical Society Museum) in 1930 Captain Otto Sverdrup contacted G.B. Joergenson of East Stanwood requesting interested people to secure masts for the restoration of the Fram. Subsequently a committee appealed to Ole Lervick, a logger in East Stanwood.
Mr. Lervick happened to be logging Zakarias Martin Taftezon's donation claim in what is now Oak Harbor, Whidby Island. Martin was the first known Norwegian settler in 1849/1850 in the Oregon Territory. Later Martin's sister, mother, brother, and sister-in-law came to the Stanwood, Camano Island, Coupeville, and Oak Harbor areas of the Washington Territory. Three masts were secured by Mr. Lervick measuring 110 feet long and four feet in diameter at the base and he delivered them to Oak Harbor. Captiain O.O. Havattum towed the logs from Oak Harbor to Seattle and later the logs were shipped to the Fram committee in Oslo, Norway, where the ship is now on display in the Fram Museum!
D2 members are active during the year with:
- Three summer youth camps for children 9-15 years of age
- Trollhaugen, our recreational area near Stampede Pass in the beautiful Cascade Mountains
- Adult cultural and heritage retreats
- Sports programs including bowling, golf, and cross country skiing
- Border Festival with District 7 in the Peach Arch Park in Blaine, Washington
D2 offers Sofie/Olson Memorial Scholarship Funds to camp participants and the Carl M. Saltveit Scholarsip for students attending the International summer School in Oslo, Norway.
Mange takk to the Sons of Norway Foundation for grants from the General Heritage/Culture Fund and Matching Funds for our District 2 centennial!
Fram design by Brent Swenson of Rhombus, Inc
District 2 design by Northwest Territorial Mint