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*What is a Bygdelag?
             "Bygdelag are organizations comprised of descendants of emigrants from Norway to North America.  Every "Lag" seeks to preserve and strengthen bonds with its home district or community-of-origin in Norway." (from: )


From Kenneth O. Bjork's Forward to Odd S. Lovoll's  A Folk Epic - The Bygdelag in America, published by the Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA) in 1975:

    "The bygdelag ... were essentially social organizations of people from the same homeland district—usually rural.  They date their origin from 1899, when immigrants from Valdres met in Minneapolis.  More significantly, about fifty other lag with nationwide appeal were formed thereafter.  Many with members drawn from a limited geographical area also proudly made their appearance.  Their annual stevner (meetings), the high point of their activity, were colorful demonstrations of local old-country speech, food, customs, and characteristics—a welcome relief to the transplanted Americans from the monotony and strain of their everyday life."


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