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.  We ask that each member family bring a dish to pass.  Table service and drinks will be provided.  Guests are invited, and can either inquire through the Contacts webpage or leave a comment on this website.

List of Speakers at the Slooper Society Annual Meetings

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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