Previous Meetings

The annual meeting of the Slooper Society of America meets each October on the Sunday closest to October 9th, the date of landing of the Restauration at New York harbor in 1825.  Unless otherwise announced, the meeting is usually at the Norway Community Building, Norway, IL, just off Route 71.  Dinner is served promptly at 1:00 pm. Please note that the meetings are not limited to Slooper descendants. Anyone with an interest in Norwegian-American history and culture is welcome.

List of Speakers at the Slooper Society Annual Meetings

MTG#:  98
Sunday, Oct. 8th, 2023

This year the Sloopers partnered with the Norsk Museum and members of the Cleng Peerson and Polar Star lodges to put on a very special meeting. A wonderful meal was provided by the Norsk Museum which included cod, ham with kumla, lutefisk, meatballs, cabbage, Jarlsburg cheese, specialty breads, breads with lingonberry sauce, kringla, lefse, Norwegian desserts and guma.

Our feature presentation this year was, “The Sloopers of 1825” by Dale Goodman. Dale is a descendant of Tormond Madland and Siri Iversdatter Seldal who sailed aboard Restauration in 1825.

The meeting was very well attended by approximately 85 people which included a very special visit from Art Mortvedt who traveled all the way from northern Alaska to join us in beautiful Norway, IL. But that is really nothing for Art as he has travelled the world including multiple visits to the North and South poles. To learn more about this very interesting Norwegian-American and his airplane, the Polar Pumpkin, check out .

2023 Secretary Notes

MTG#:  96
Sunday, Oct. 10th, 2021

With the bicentennial of the Sloopers 1825 arrival in America fast approaching, it’s time to think about the early days of those pioneers.  Dave Johnson, board President of the Norsk Museum and Slooper Society Historian will present, “The Slooper Story”. You might think you know all there is to know about the Sloopers and their history, but Dave’s exhaustive research of the Sloopers and Cleng Peerson has uncovered some new stories and history you may not have previously known.  This program will also serve as a sneak peek at Dave’s new book, “The Cleng Peerson Story” and his upcoming video, “The Sloopers Story“.

MTG#:  95
Sunday, Oct. 11th, 2020

95th annual meeting of the Slooper Society of America scheduled for Sunday, October 11th, 2020 was canceled. We are very disappointed but after careful consideration of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the members of the Slooper Society Board of Directors did not feel it would be responsible to hold the meeting this year.Looking forward to better conditions next year and hope to see you October 10th, 2021!

MTG#:  94
Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2019
  Laurann Gilbertson; Chief Curator, Vesterheim
  Vesterheim, The National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, Decorah, IA
“The Power of Silver: Traditional Norwegian Jewelry”

MTG#:  93
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
 Bill Injerd
Norwegian-Americans (especially Sloopers) and World War 1

Special Guests:  The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers

MTG#:  92
Sunday, Oct. 8th, 2017
  Kirk and Renee Mies
  Lindenhurst, IL
  “An enduring legacy… How the lives of our ancestors shape our lives today”

MTG#:  91
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
  Linda Anderson
  Norsk Museum (Norway, IL)
  The Leif Erikson Legacy

MTG#:  90
DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
SPEAKER:  Anna Pierce
FROM:  North Aurora, IL
TOPIC:  Creating a Museum from Forgotten Treasures

MTG#:  89
DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
SPEAKER:  Bill Injerd and others
FROM:  Washington, MI
TOPIC:  Release of new re-print, The Sloopers: Their Ancestry and Posterity

MTG#:  88
DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
SPEAKER:  Chris Ardis
FROM:  McAllen, TX
TOPIC:  Following Cleng Peerson: A Niece’s Journey

MTG#:  87
DATE:   Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012
SPEAKER:  John Huston
FROM:  Evanston, IL
TOPIC:  Lessons From the North Pole – The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole

MTG#:  85
DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010
SPEAKER:  Lorrain Straw
FROM:  Oregon, IL
TOPIC:  Restoring the Gokstad Viking Ship

MTG#:  81
DATE:  Oct. 8, 2006
SPEAKER:  Della Moen
FROM:  Freeport, IL
TOPIC:  Trolls & Life’s Important Lessons

MTG#:  80
DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005
SPEAKER:  Vera-Elisabet Littlejohn
FROM:  Elburn, IL
TOPIC:  Viking Women

MTG#:  79
DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004
SPEAKER:  Margaret Knutson
FROM:  Millbrook, IL
TOPIC:  Rosemaling

MTG#:  78
DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003
SPEAKER:  Bill Injerd
FROM:  Washington, MI
TOPIC:  The Fox River Settlement Project

MTG#:  77
DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002
SPEAKER:  Lynn Sove Maxson
FROM:  Des Plaines, IL
TOPIC:  Music and Norwegian Culture

2 thoughts on “Previous Meetings

  1. Jan Rosdail-Aegerter

    My husband and I had hoped to attend the annual meeting, but just today realized the date was a week earlier than we had on our calendar (October 12) We are sorry we will miss this year due to a wedding. I am a descendant of the Rosdail family: J. Hart Rosdail was a first cousin of Dad’s and a guest in our home many times growing up. Thank you for getting the book reprinted and updated. Wish we could be present for the program! Jan Rosdail-Aegerter.

    1. Bill Post author

      We will update the website with information for ordering the book if interested in purchasing a copy. Sorry you couldn’t be here for the unveiling.


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