Anna KolbjØrnsdatter Lodge #36
Founded: March 13, 1988, San Francisco, CA
When: Second Sunday of month at 2:00 pm (The lodge does not meet in July & August)
Where: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 33rd and Ulloa, San Francisco, CA (street parking)
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Anna Kolbjørnsdatter Lodge, also known as Anna K, is one of the San Francisco Bay Area Lodges. Members are actively involved in the Nordic life of the Bay Area.
Some of the proud Anna K members 2017 in Nordic attire
Many lodge fund raisers help to support the Daughters of Norway Scholarship Fund. In addition to the monthly and cultural program, members meet in small groups to focus on learning skills such as hardangersom, rosemaling, scrapbooking, wheat weaving and genealogy. Several times a year they met to share insights at bokkluben, movie reviews, and perform music and skits. Members encourage a desire to learn and teach each other about the Norwegian heritage and culture.
Some of the lodge's varied cultural and summer Nordic programs are:
- Summer Educational Field Trips
- San Francisco Bay Area Cultural Events & Celebrations
- Musical, Dramatic & Dance Performances
- Crafts such as: The Art of Wool Felting & Scandinavian Wheat Weaving & Rosemaling
Norwegian Wood Architecture (from Stave Churches to Modern Lines)
- Nordic gods & Folklore
- Bryllup: A Norwegian Wedding
- Primstav: The Ancient Norse Calendar Stick
- "They Painted Norway: A Historical Look at Norwegian Art"
- Favorite Nordic Keepsakes: Norwegian Antique Roadshow
- How to write your family history: "I Remember Mama", Your Story - A Writing Workshop, Sharing stories of the Nordic women in your family tree.
- Christmas food demonstrations (Favorite Norwegian Christmas Recipes)
- Jul Tre Fest: annual Christmas party sharing Nordic foods, entertainment, singing and dancing around the tree
Members Debra Jensen Orner, Borghild Neset and Grethe Holtan representing Akershus, Rogaland and Hordaland regions
A Daughters of Norway lodge had previously existed in San Francisco honoring Anna Kolbjørnsdatter. It was the fourth lodge formed in 1908 of the the Døtre Av Norge of the Pacific Coast, but the name was spelled as Anna Kolbjørnson. This lodge disbanded in the 1960's and was re-organized in 1988 by Florence Buck and others, when they were beginning new lodges in the San Francisco Bay area. The members of the new lodge decided to name the lodge after the same woman, but used the appropriate gender ending to her name (i.e. datter).
Anna Kolbjørnsdatter is considered the heroine who saved Norway from being captured by the Swedish army. She also saved the silver mines in Kongsberg from being taken by Sweden in 1716.
The lodge logo was designed in 1998 by Charter Member Kay Isaacson (1920-2004), she served as Cultural Director from 1988 - 2004.