The May Sons of Norway Kong Sverre Lodge’s event will be held on Monday, May 13, at the Community Center, 503 Elm Avenue, in Story City.


David Amdahl, from Decorah, will present the program, “Syttende Mai.” David will speak about the beginnings of Syttende Mai at the end of the Napoleonic Wars and how it is celebrated in Norway today. Along the way we learn why the Swedish Royal Family today is actually French! Norway’s national day, Syttende Mai, means 17th of May in Norwegian. It stands for the historic day in 1814 when some Norwegians signed the Kongeriket Norges Grunnlov, making Norway’s constitution the second-oldest written constitution in the world.


There will be a Norwegian appetizer table plus a special dessert buffet. Social time is 6 p.m. with a catered dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for members and $12 for guests, the meal is free if you join that evening. Sons of Norway events and dinners are open to all interested in learning more about Scandinavian heritage and culture and guests are always welcome. For reservations, phone Shirley Frandson (515-733-4482) or Ingrid Place (515-292-7513) by Thursday, May 9.