November 2022 Lodge Newsletter

What's inside:
November Bunad program
and more!
Upcoming Programs & Meetings

November Program & Meeting

7:00 PM, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022

6:30 PM Social time

At Immanuel Methodist Church, 2900 49th St., Des Moines

October meeting:

Norwegian Folk Costumes, A Living Tradition

Presented via Zoom by Laurann Gilbertson, Chief Curator, Vesterheim Museum
Norway's tradition of colorful folk costumes is as old as the Middle Ages and as young as the 1940s. Learn about the history of costumes from Hardanger, Telemark, Hallingdal, and many other regions of Norway. The forces of politics, fashion, and immigration have left their mark on this important part of Norwegian and Norweigan-American folk culture.

Learn Norwegian at monthly meetings

This year we are learning some words in Norwegian. The goal is to learn at least 5 new words each meeting. If you don't already have your notebook of past months' words, see Sheryl Farrand.

November meeting:

Taste of Norway recap and other agenda items

2022 Programming & Hostesses

Make plans to attend these upcoming programs. Guests are welcome. All programs are 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of the month at Immanuel United Methodist Church.

If you are able to host, please contact Lesia Smith.
Dec. 6
Program: Christmas
Hostesses: All sisters bring something to share for our annual holiday potluck

November Birthdays

Happy birthday from your lodge Sisters to you!

Nov. 8: Ann Campbell
Nov. 15: Alexa Mitchell

Nov. 22: Joyce Friederich

May your birthday and every day be filled with the warmth of sunshine, the happiness of smiles, the sounds of laughter, the feeling of love, and the sharing of good cheer.

Bits and Pieces
  1. Email December newsletter articles no later than Friday, Nov. 25, to Lee Ann Bakros
  2. If you know of a Sister who is ill, having surgery, or experiencing other health issues, inform Sunshine Chair Karma Cahill.
  3. Take a moment to LIKE us on Facebook and see what is happening.
  4. View our Daughters of Norway's Lodge webpage for Calendar, Yearbook, Photos, Special Events, etc.
Eva Nansen Lodge 46 2022 Officers


President: Debbie Ellsworth (second year)
Vice President: Lesia Smith (second year)
Judge: Sharon Knudsen (second year)
Secretary: Kay Sacquitne
Financial Secretary: Janice Evans
Treasurer: Pat Fischer
Marshall: Shirley McLaughlin
Trustee, 1 year: Terry Askelson
Trustee, 2 years: Sheryl Farrand
Trustee, 3 years: Kathy Roat
Cultural Committee: Carol Calkins, Sheryl Ferrand, Becky Patterson
Communications: Lee Ann Bakros, Sandy Hansen
Greeters: Cheryl Newsom, Lois Wergeland
Musicians: Lee Ann Bakros, Christy Wilkins
Scribes: Sharon Knudsen, Alexa Mitchell
Sunshine: Karma Cahill, Alexa Mitchell
About Eva Nansen

Lodge 46 was named in honor of famous Norwegian romance opera singer, Eva Helene Sars Nansen (born Dec. 17, 1859 in Christiania, Akershus, Norway, and dIed Dec. 9, 1907 in Lysaker, Bærum, Akershus, Norway).

Eva was the youngest of 21 children of Michael Sars and Maren Cathrine Welhaven. At age 28, she left for Berlin to study opera with a contemporary of Tchaikovsy. Eva knew Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and she performed his music beautifully. 

Eva was relatively short but very athletic and became a pioneer in mountain and cross-country skiing. She was a smart and practical woman and realized the need for women to stop wearing only dresses while practicing the sport. Thus, she became the first woman in Norway to wear “trousers” while skiing!

Eva married ski pioneer, famous Norwegian explorer and scientist, Fridtjof Nansen on Sept. 6, 1889. They were a very “modern” couple, both continuing their individual vocations after their marriage. Eva not only continued to sing in operas at home and in other parts of Europe and Scandinavia, but she also gave lessons when at home.

At the age of 49 (1907), Eva sang a final concert in a well-received performance in London. Not long afterwards that same year, Eva died suddenly of pneumonia. That left her husband a widower with five relatively young children to raise: Liv (14), Kåre (10), Irmelin (7), Odd (6), and Åsmund (4). 
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