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From: "Fred Matson" <>
Subject: Re: Tre Lag Stevne
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2006 09:15:16 -0500
References: <037001c6932a$1f7a8330$ab5c4718@genealogist>

I see a Trempealeau county tour is in the plans. I am guessing possible
areas might be around Osseo, Strum, Eleva, Pigeon Falls, York, Whitehall,
Blair. For a taste of a very Norwegian settlement in far northern
Trempealeau county, twenty miles south of Eau Claire, I invite you to go to
my Matson-Garson family and Strum & Town of Unity WEB site
or and read the entertaining 75 page online version
of "A History of Strum and the Town of Unity" by my late father, Roy H.
Matson of Strum. Born in 1909, Roy had a special sense and interest for
family and community history even as a kid. He talked personally with many
early settlers and knew if he did not record the tales and facts that such
might be lost. You can pick and choose what to view.

Strum and Unity Township were first settled by New Englanders and then in
the 1860s Norwegians moved up from Vernon County, Wisconsin and came direct
from all points of Norway including Gudbrandsdal, Hedmarken of your Tre Lag
Stevne to take over the unclaimed land. The name Strum is itself likely
Norwegian, after Louis Strum, a register of deeds in Eau Claire county who
used to make frequent visits to Strum in his support of temperance. A few
key New Englander families remained and survived the Norwegian influx to
become key community leaders.

My WEB site is listed with WEB Sites of Norway Listers. No ads. Just
stories, pictures, genealogies and enjoyment.

Fred Matson
Oakdale, Minnesota (east side St. Paul)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Olaf" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2006 5:54 PM
Subject: Tre Lag Stevne

> You are invited to learn more about your Norwegian heritage at a special
> gathering in August 2006. The combined Norwegian-American organizations of
> Gudbrandsdalslaget, Nord Hedmark og Hedemarken Lag and Trønderlag of
> America
> will hold their annual "Tre Lag Stevne" in Eau Claire, Wisconsin from
> August
> 2-5, 2006 at the Plaza Hotel & Suites. The event is open to the public.
> The stevne (gathering) will include genealogy labs and research assistance
> with all the resources of the bygdelags (organizations): books, films,
> maps,
> family histories. Six genealogy classes will also be offered.
> There will be multiple seminars on genealogical, cultural and historical
> Norwegian-American topics. The program includes a tour to settlement areas
> of Norwegian emigrants in Trempealeau County, a visit to the Chippewa
> Valley
> Museum and Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, Norwegian food and music. Keynote
> speaker, local historian Dick Feeney, will tell us about the Norwegian
> settlement of Eau Claire. Other seminar topics include: “Norwegian
> Settlement in Dunn County,” “Learning to Sing Norwegian,” “Norwegians in
> Science,” “The Birkebeiner,” “Learning to Speak Norwegian,” “A Sample of
> Bunads,” “The Selbu Community in Washington State,” Readers Theater: Three
> Hedmark Writers” and more.
> And, of course, there will be opportunities to visit with others of
> Norwegian ancestry at the Kaffe Stue. Participants can also enjoy a social
> hour followed by a banquet on Friday evening. Bunads are welcome!
> Entertainment will be provided by the Norske Folke Sangere. The stevne
> concludes on Saturday with a luncheon and entertainment by Lewis Peterson
> on
> “Han Ola & Han Per.”
> Advance registration for the event is requested. Tours and meals must be
> reserved by July 15.
> Additional information, including hotel information, the program schedule
> and registration forms are found on the Trønderlag web site:
> or or contact Dixie
> Hansen at , 651-690-0872 (evenings)
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