Sons of Norway, Valhall Lodge No. 168 Records (Rockford), 1907-2004
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Brief Description:

The records for the Sons of Norway, Valhall Lodge No. 168 consists of five series: Valhall Lodge No. 168, Valhall Building Association, Daughter of Valhall, Convention, and Other Norwegian Organizations/District/National/International.  The records date from 1907 to 2004.

The Valhall Lodge No. 168 series consists of meeting minutes, financial records, membership records, and other information pertaining to the Lodge.  The early records are written in Norwegian. The secretary and assistant secretary books include meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence, and program information. The meeting minutes for the years 1996 through 1997 are missing. The Vall Hall Newsletters since 2013 are in electronic form and may be accessed in the Center's reading room.

Valhall Building Association series consists of meeting minutes, financial records, Lodge rental, and insurance information.  The Building Association was responsible for the sale of the first Lodge locate on Kishwaukee Road in Rockford and the purchase and sale of the second Lodge located at 9936 Norman Avenue in Machesney Park.

The third series, Daughter of Valhall includes meeting minutes, a photograph album, and a VHS tape of their luncheon and program on September 18, 1996.

A majority of the records found in Series IV pertain to the Biennial Convention held in Rockford in June 2002.

Series V consists of information from other Norwegian groups, the District, the National, and the International Son of Norway organizations.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/265
Volume: 12.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 12/09/2004. Additional records were donated at later dates.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the collection.
Subject Index
Ethnic groups.
Norwegian Americans
Norwegian Americans--Illinois--Rockford
Rockford (Ill.)
Sons of Norway (U.S.)
Valhall Lodge No. 168
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Norwegian [nor]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Sheryl Almquist Hall  Sheryl Almquist Hall, President of the Sons of Norway, Valhall Lodge No. 168, donated the records for the organization to the Regional History Center on December 9, 2004.