90th Annual Meeting of the Slooper Society of America

Dear Sloopers and friends,

You are cordially invited to the 90th annual meeting of the Slooper Society of America.  Please mark your calendar for Sunday, October 11th, 2015, and make plans to join us at the Norway Community Building, Norway, IL, just off Route 71.  Dinner will be served promptly at 1:00 pm.  We ask that each family bring a dish to pass.  Table service and drinks will be provided.

Our speaker this year will be Ms. Anna Pierce of North Aurora, IL. She graduated from Aurora University in 2015, with a Bachelor’s in History and a Minor in Museum Studies and Film Studies.  Within her presentation, “Creating a Museum from Forgotten Treasures,” she will discuss her personal experiences in the challenges and joys of operating and organizing a museum….and the preservation of its collection into the future.

There will be a short business meeting following the program.  As in the past, the Norsk Museum will be open for those interested.  The Norway Store has many Norwegian items and foods and will be open until 5:00 p.m.

The newly re-printed book, The Sloopers: Their Ancestry and Posterity, will be offered for sale at a cost of $78.

Please join us for an afternoon of great food and fellowship!

Sincerely,
Lou Wise, Secretary

The Sloopers Collector’s Edition book is here!

The new The Sloopers: Their Ancestry and Posterity Collector’s Edition of the J. Hart Rosdail classic book was presented at the 89th Annual Sloopers Society meeting on Sunday, October 5, 2014, in Norway, Illinois.  Many of the low-numbered books were sold that day.

Also present were many from the Sons of Norway lodges Cleng Peerson #5-525 (Norway, IL) and Polar Star #5-472 (Aurora, IL).  Welcome!

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The beautiful hardbound book is available for purchase online from the Slooper Society on this website by going to “The Sloopers” Book page.  Price is $78 plus shipping & handling.

The Sloopers Collector’s Edition book soon available

We are pleased to announce that the new re-printed Collector’s Edition of The Sloopers: Their Ancestry and Posterity, by J. Hart Rosdail, will be released for the first time at the annual meeting of the Slooper Society of America on October 5, 2014.

In contrast to previous re-prints, this edition is close to identical to the original, including the hardbound cover.  There is also a dust cover (see picture below) to protect the cover of this Collector’s Edition.

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There is a limited number of these Collector’s Edition books, as they are individually embossed and numbered by the Slooper Society.  The Slooper members and others in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase the first low-numbered books, before the remaining are released to the public for sale in November.  In addition, these are for sale at a 25% discount, or $58.50, with a coupon presented at the annual meeting or through the Norsk Museum during the month of October.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a discount coupon — there will be extras at the meeting or at the Norsk Museum.  All you have to do is be present.

As more information is made available from the publisher, Ivitek Publishing, we will be posting it on this website.

The Slooper Society 2014 Annual Meeting

Dear Sloopers and friends,

You are cordially invited to the 89th annual meeting of the Slooper Society of America.  Please mark your calendar for Sunday, October 5th, 2014, and make plans to join us at the Norway Community Building, Norway, IL, just off Route 71.  Dinner will be served promptly at 1:00 pm.  We ask that each family bring a dish to pass.  Table service and drinks will be provided.

We are pleased to announce that our newly re-printed book, The Sloopers: Their Ancestry and Posterity, will be presented and offered for sale.  One of our honorary members, Bill Injerd, will be making the presentation.  The list price for The Sloopers is $78.  However, attendees with a discount coupon (enclosed) can purchase the book for $58.50 — a 25% discount off the list price.  It will also be available for sale at the Norsk Museum.  We encourage all to make it to the annual meeting as these are the first books “off the press” to go on sale before The Sloopers is released for sale on Amazon.com, as well as at museums and bookstores.  For more information, visit our website listed at the bottom of this letter.

Our nearby Sons of Norway lodges (Cleng Peerson #5-525 and Polar Star Lodge #5-472) are invited to participate in this event.

There will be a short business meeting following the book presentation.  As in the past, the Norsk Museum will be open for those interested.  The Norway Store has many Norwegian items and foods and will be open until 5:00 pm.

Please join us for an afternoon of great food and fellowship!

Sincerely, Lou Wise, Secretary

Re-Publishing The Sloopers book

The Slooper Society no longer has for sale new copies of the book, The Sloopers: Their Ancestry and Posterity (1961), by J. Hart Rosdail.  Ivitek Publishing has agreed to look into having this book digitized, updated, and re-published (both bound book and e-book).  We need original pictures or best copies of the book’s pictures available to the publisher no later than end of February 2014 — if at all possible.  Our goal is to have this new Sloopers book printed and available for sale by the next annual meeting in October 2014.  Contact Bill Injerd of Ivitek Publishing on 586-764-1082 (bill.injerd@ivitek.com).