Sigrid Undset focus of March 7 Sons of Norway event

Sigrid Undset, one of three Norwegian authors to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature, will be the focus of a program celebrating Women’s History Month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in the Auditorium of the North Suburban District Library, 6340 N. Second St., Loves Park.

The other authors are Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, the national bard, in 1903, and Knut Hamsun in 1920. Undset received the Prize in 1928 for her powerful description of life during the Middle Ages in Scandinavia in the extensive three-volume Kristin Lavransdatter, and the four-volume Olav Audunssønn.

Valhall’s Book Group will host the evening’s program and share their research into and reminiscences of Undset’s appearance at Rockford’s former Armory on North Church Street during WWII. Undset made her way to the United States after fleeing from her homeland when Germany invaded Norway in 1940.

The March Valhall Venner Klubb program will also feature “Norwegian Cake Day,” mimicking the tradition in Norway of celebrating birthdays with everyone who attends bringing a cake to share. A variety of Norwegian cakes will be provided, with an exotic classic Tropical Aroma spice cake with chocolate frosting; Festive Cream Cake with apricots; Lingonberry Cake; Almond Nut Cake; Apple Cake; and Cherry Cream Cake. The public is invited to attend free of charge, with or without a cake.

Sons of Norway Valhall Lodge has been active in Rockford since 1915. Today, Valhall Lodge is positioned as a regional lodge, with active members from Rockford, Poplar Grove, Freeport, Caledonia, Belvidere, Oregon, Davis Junction, DeKalb, South Beloit, and Rochelle in Illinois and Beloit, Wis.

Sons of Norway is the world’s largest Norwegian-American organization.

From the Feb. 28-March 6, 2007, issue

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