Norwegian Day, Norse, TX, Saturday, October 8, 9:45am
Varhaug, president of the Norwegian Society of Texas, has graciously
offered to accompany us on this trip to share his historical perspective
on the Norwegian community in Bosque County and on the venues we will
visit. We have also added a visit to the historic Ringness House Museum
in Clifton for this trip. Thanks to members Buzz and Paula Bartlett for
helping to set this up.
This Texas history trip will take us to the unincorporated community known as Norse. Norwegian immigrants, driven out of East Texas by malaria, headed west and settled on a landscape that is reminiscent of Norway. The isolated families soon centered their social life upon a scattered group of buildings, including a rock school and a few stores, which they named Norse. Once numbering thousands, only about 100 widely-dispersed people remain in this community today.
We will have a country buffet lunch at Johnny's Place in Clifton (pay for your own lunch), have a brief stop at the historic Ringness House Museum, and then visit two beautifully preserved, historic churches. The restored Ringness House was the home of early Norwegian pioneers Jens and Kari Ringness. It was the site of many worship services held by the early pioneers before they established the congregation of Our Savior Lutheran Church. This church, also known as the Old Norse Church, is still in regular use today. We will also see the grave of Cleng Peerson, "The Father of Norwegian Immigration", who is buried in the Norse Cemetery adjacent to the church. Due to the community's strong ties to its original Norwegian heritage, this area was visited by King Olav V of Norway in 1982 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Cleng Peerson's birth. The second structure is the newer but arguably more famous St. Olaf's Kirke, also known as the Old Rock Church. The church was built to accommodate the movement of settlers west, but is no longer in regular use due to the demise of its congregation. St. Olaf's also has a beautiful adjoining cemetery which we will explore.
When: Saturday, October 8, 9:45. We will have a briefing on the event then hit the road. Please be on time.
Where: We will meet at the Starbucks at 7429 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth. See map below. Arrive earlier if you wish to have breakfast on your own.
Signup and Cost:
We will charge an event fee of $5 per person for each MBCA member and their immediate family members. Non-members are welcome, and will be charged $10 each. The event fee will cover planning expenses and other sundries. Pay for your own lunch. There is no charge for admission to the Ringness House and to the churches, but donations will be appreciated.
1) To pay online using your credit card:
You can pay for this event with your credit card via PayPal. Your online payment serves as your registration. You do not need a PayPal Account to do so. If you have a mix of members and non-members attending, use the drop-down menu below to select "MBCA Member", then click the "Add to Cart" button. From the PayPal screen, click "Continue Shopping" (Note: if PayPal's "Continue Shopping" link takes you to the wrong place, click on your web browser's "back" arrow.) Then, use the drop-down menu below to select "Non-Member", then click "Add to Cart" . After you are done, click "Proceed to Checkout" from the PayPal screen. Please ensure the quantities for members and non-members reflect the number of attendees in your party.
2) To pay with a check:
Please register and send your event fee as soon as possible to assure your spot(s). Make your check out to MBCA and send to DJ de Jesus, 4159 Charron Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76116. To advise the club you are sending a check, click to email DJ de Jesus or call him at (817) 319-3033.
Saturday, October 8, 9:45am. Starbucks at 7429 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth.
From I-20 head south on Bryant Irvin. The Starbucks is in the shopping
center on the left near the corner of Bryant Irvin and Oakmont Blvd.