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Hovedstad (Austin)

Welcome to the Norwegian Society of Texas, Hovedstad Chapter in Austin, Texas! 

We enjoy, preserve, and promote the Norwegian heritage through social events, arts, recreation and more...

You do not need to be Norwegian or of Norwegian descent to participate.

Our established annual events are as follows (2019 dates)...

Syttende Mai picnic (5/18)
Midsommer’s Day-Sankthansaften (6/23)
Leif Erickson Day (10/9)
Juletrefest (12/15). 

Dates are subject to change. 

In addition, we get together more frequently for 
-Happy hours
-Music and film
-and More....

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Registration link below......

The Norwegian Society of Texas - Hovedstad / Austin Chapter invites members and non members to a free orientation meeting regarding the upcoming change in Norwegian Law, allowing dual citizenship.

Norway's "Yes" to Dual Citizenship – and what it means for you.....

In December 2018, Norway finally voted yes to allowing dual citizenships. Nordmanns-Forbundet /Norwegians Worldwide (NWW), the only interest organization in Norway representing and safeguarding Norwegians abroad, has been in the forefront of this fight, advocating for dual citizenship for several years. Please join us when we get a visit from Linn Helene Løken, Secretary General of NWW. She will give insight into the new law, what implications it might have for you, and how you might reclaim your Norwegian citizenship. Get ready for an interesting event about this long-awaited change in Norwegian legislation!

Date: May 22nd
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Barton Hills - 2314 Westrock Drive, Austin, 78704

We would like to point out that this is a Norwegian Society of Texas event, and not an official Consulate event. You do not need to be a member of NST to attend. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

This event is free and all are welcome, but registration is required. Limited space!

Please register HERE!

Email for any questions….

2-4 inches of rain are expected to fall during the event with lightning and strong wind.

We will reschedule with a big party for Sankthansaften in late June - stay tuned...

Join us for our Syttende Mai celebration on Saturday, May 18th, 2019!!!

Please RSVP at link below....

Hot dogs, sausage, drinks, cake & ice cream provided. Vegetarian options will also be available.

Sign up to bring something to share.

Suggested donation:

$5 for adults / $3 for children


Tusen Takk to all of you who attended our 2018 Juletrefest.  It was a great success with savory food and fine fellowship.  It was YOU who made the gathering so much fun!! Thanks to Brent Sjoseth for accepting and being elected President and Erik Fossum accepting and being elected Treasurer. Special Thanks to Mari-Anne Moore for her 4 years as Hovedstad Chapter Treasurer (2014-2018) and Erik Fossum for 4 years as Hovedstad Chapter President (2014-2018).

Turgoose Jazz Trio ( was outstanding!  Thank you Erik Fossum and Lisa Westerbeck for making it happen!
It was wonderful to hear Randi Parker, Carol Stimson, Erik Fossum, Lydia Fitzmaurice, & Maren Bridges sing Christmas Carols along with the band!

Special thanks go to:
Pam Rabon for her hours of enthusiastic help with so many of the event details.  She also printed name tags / programs and provided all the beverages.
Celeste Holbrook for her energetic support.  She picked up all the food,  helped me unload and reload my car. Rolled 75 napkins with red ribbon. Basically, anything I needed help with.
Randy and Sherry Lee for collecting dinner admission, membership dues, raffle money and silent auction money. Randy also shared some interesting info on St Lucia’s Day.
Sherry Lee for setting up the silent auction table.
Don Gaskin for once again coming as our Nisse !
Randi Parker and Kay Knutsen for providing children’s treats for Nisse.
Kay Knutsen for putting up the flags and providing Norge tourist guides.
Randi Parker, Anna Marie & Mike Leystra, Maren Bridges for the handmade table decorations.
Leila Tackett for the LED candles.
Yvonne Connell for reciting the lovely prayer.
Lydia Fitzmaurice for wearing her exquisite Bunad and explaining the specific details.
Everyone who brought silent auction items!
Marne Olson for donating the beautiful Norwegian sweater to the Raffle.
Janet Merideth for donating the special dog collar/leash and embroidered pillow cases to the Raffle.
Ella and Zoe Holbrook for helping Randy Lee with the Raffle drawing!  It was a huge success!!
Everyone who brought the delicious desserts, mashed potatoes and rutabaga !!
Marne Olson for the mountains of delicate Krumkake & Rosettes.
The Sunde Family for the exceptional Kranskake !  Again !!
Pam Rabon, Celeste Holbrook, Randi Parker, Kay Knutsen, Anna Marie & Mike Leystra, Maren Bridges, Randy & Sherry Lee for the amazing “set up in an hour” and amazing “clean up in an hour”
You guys are a MACHINE !!

Hovedstad - Syttende Mai 2014

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

2019 Chapter Officers

    President – Brent Sjolseth
    Vice-President – Deborah Holbrook
    Treasurer – Erik Fossum
    Financial Secretary – Randy Lee
    Secretary – Christina Moore
    Membership/communications – Position open, please inquire

Contact Information

Hovedstad Chapter Norwegian Society of Texas
2314 Westrock Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Brent Sjolseth

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