MN 150Norwegian Statehood Pioneer Project
Celebrating Minnesota's Sesquicentennial

History of  the Pioneer Project


The Norwegian Statehood Pioneer Project was a Sesquicentennial project created by Norwegian bygdelags.  It included a pioneer recognition program, sesquicentennial celebration, and Sesquicentennial heritage book. 

The success of the Sesquicentennial project was due to the support and assistance of its participating organizations.  We encourage you to visit their websites and, if appropriate, consider membership in these organizations.

Bygdelags are national organizations of descendants of Norwegian immigrants from specific areas of Norway.  Of the approximately 30 active bygdelags, 11 chose to become directly involved in NSPP.  Focusing on genealogy and culture, they offer expert assistance for researchers interested in specific valleys and communities in Norway. The Norwegian-American Genealogical Center in Madison WI is not formally affiliated with the bygdelags; it is a vital part of the Norwegian-American community with extensive resources that identify and track our Norwegian immigrant ancestors.




Hadeland Lag of America

Hadeland is an area just north of Oslo in Oppland County, Norway.  It is made up of the townships of Gran, Jevnaker and Lunner.  Gran includes the historic township of Brandbu.   The Hadeland Lag  celebrates its 100th birthday in 2010. The Hadeland Lag is responsible for the on-going Certificate Program.





Hallingdal is a mountain valley in Buskerud County. Hallinglag celebrated its centennial in 2007.






Landingslaget i America

Land is also located in Oppland County and is made up of the townships of North and South Land. Landingslaget celebrates its centennial in 2010.






The west central coast of Norway is served by Nordfjordlaget, which was established in 1909.




Nord Hedmark and Hedemarken Lag

This lag, organized in 1995,  includes 16 kommuner in three districts of Nord Østerdal, Sør Østerdal, and Hedemarken/Hamar: Alvdal, Elverum, Engerdal, Folldal, Hamar, Løten, Os, Rendalen, Ringsaker, Stange, Stor-Elvdal, Tolga, Trysil, Tynset, Vang, and Amot. 



The Norwegian-American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library

The premier facility for Norwegian-American Genealogical Research, it was until recently associated with the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, IA.  Now an independent organization, NAGC is located in Madison Wisconsin.




Opdal is the southernmost township in South Trøndelag County on the west coast of Norway. The lag was first organized in 1920 and continued until the 1940's.  It was reorganized in 2002. 


bannerRingerike-Drammen Districts

RDD represents the communities in eastern Buskerud County, including Ringerike township and  Ådal, Hønefoss, and  Norderhov; Hole; Modum; Upper Eiker; North Eiker; Drammen, Bragernes,  Strømso, and Skoger; Lier; Røyken and Hurum.


flagRomerikslaget i Amerika

Romerikslaget represents Akershus and Oslo in Norway.  One of the youngest bygdelags, it was organized in 1990.






Telelaget celebrated its centennial in 2007. Its members are descendants of immigrants from all parts of Telemark County in western Norway.



Toten Lag


Toten Lag

Toten Lag covers the kommunes (townships) of Gjøvik and East & West Toten in Oppland County, Norway.  The lag celebrates its 100th birthday in 2010.





Trønderlag is celebrating its centennial in 2008. Its members are descendants of immigrants from the Trøndelag region on the west coast of Norway.



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