Our 2005 tour to Land was filled with unforgettable moments and our stories could fill many newsletters. Our collective story is told in pictures, assembled by Landingslag newsletter editor, Ann Edwards, at the bottom of this page.
As in past tours, we were received once again with the warm hospitality that Norwegians are so famous for. We were honored to be luncheon guests at the Storting, and dinner guests of the mayors of Nordre and Søndre Land. Those of us who wanted help with genealogy were given access to the resources of Lands Museum and assistance from the museum staff. We visited ancestral farms and churches, and along the way some of us met with relatives from the area.
Prior to our departure, the Landingslag Executive Board chose a museum project to support with a financial gift, which was presented to the museum at the Bygdedag on Sunday, June 5th. Here are the words that accompanied the gift:
“Last time our lag visited Land we presented Lands Museum with a Native American peace pipe, which was representative of the American culture that has shaped the lives of the American Landings. Today we present a gift which demonstrates our connection to Land. Several months ago Alastair and I discussed the desire of Landingslag to support a museum project that involved a period of history when our ancestors were still living in Land. When asked if there were any ongoing projects or any wishes for future projects, Alastair mentioned his hope that one day Lands museum would own a replica of the bridal crown from Vest Oppland from the late 1700s or early 1800s that could be worn by brides of today. The Landingslag executive board was enthusiastic about the idea when it was presented to them. A project like this would reflect our interest in our common heritage, but it would also touch the lives of Landings of today and of the future. With this in mind we decided to make a financial contribution to Lands Museum, designated to this project. It is our sincere hope that in the near future Lands Museum will have its replica of the bridal crown, and that many Landing brides will have the opportunity to wear it. When they wear it, may they pause to reflect on the brides of the past who wore it, and the on the rich heritage that is theirs. We are honored to have this opportunity to contribute to a project that connects our past with the future of Land.”
As the years between the immigration of our ancestors and the present day increase in number, our connection to their homeland diminishes and family ties become more distant. There are a few steps that can be taken to maintain a close relationship to the area, and to honor our ancestors who left. It is heartwarming for me to see the Per Einbu relief that stands at the entrance to Lands Museum. Contributed by Ann Edwards, it stands as a memorial to those Landings who immigrated to America. The periodic visits to Land by our members give us an increased awareness of its history and culture, and demonstrate our interest in the area and its people. This latest project that we have chosen to support is another expression of our interest in Land, past, present, and future.
We will observe our centennial year in 2010 and are planning to visit Land once again as part of our celebration. I invite you to join us and to be a part of this historic event.
Hilsen Fra Sandy