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Rosemaling Event at Historic Trondhjem Church Saturday, April 23, 2022

March 22, 2022

  • Rosemaling Class in Trondelag Style – 10:00 a.m. to noon
    • Taught by Louise Bath, Gold Medal Rosemaler
    • Paint a 4″ wooden circle, all materials & brushes provided
    • Limited to 25 pre-registered participants, $25.00 per person
    • appropriate for older children and adults
    • Lunch included!
    • Information and registration: or call 612-965-3005
  • 1:30 p.m. Presentation: Rosemaling Traditions in Trondelag
    • slide show presentation by Louise Bath, Gold Medal Rosemaler
    • Learn about rosemaling from the Trondheim region of Norway
    • view the new commissioned pieces created for the Historic Trondhjem Church
    • Free and open to the PublicPlease Join Us!

Louise Bath, Vesterheim Gold Medal Rosemaler, has created several unique pieces of rosemaled folk art for the Museum at the Historic Trondhjem Church. This commission as well as the events above, are all made possible by a grant from Partners for Sacred Places, Nordic Churches Project (

Pie & Ice Cream Social

July 8, 2021

Historic Trondhjem’s Old Fashioned
on the lawn of the Historic Trondhjem Church
8501 Garfield Avenue – Lonsdale

“You can see the steeple from the highway”

Sunday, July 18th, 2021
12:00 to 3:00 pm

Pie, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Sloppy Joes, Potato Salad,
Coffee, Lemonade, Root Beer Floats
Bake sale with home-baked goods
including Norwegian Ethnic Specialties

Music by “The Smisek Brothers”

A fundraiser sponsored by
Restoring and Preserving the Century-old Trondhjem Church

Christmas Eve Service online

December 24, 2020
“Do not be afraid; for see-I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” -Luke 1:10

Dear Friends of the Historic Trondhjem Church, 

There is much that is happening in the world that may cause us to be afraid. The angels sent from God with the good news of Jesus’ birth reminds us that we need not fear anything – for God has come to live among us as one of us. There is nothing we face, nothing we can experience, and nothing so great that the love of Jesus cannot overcome.

May the birth of Jesus replace any fears, doubts, worries, or grief with the great joy only He can offer.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Pastor Sue

Christmas Eve Worship 12/24/2020 – YouTube


Thanks for Supporting TCPS!

June 30, 2020
Hands holding thank you card

Your financial gifts are always appreciated but they are especially appreciated at this time as we’ve lost income opportunities. Due to Corvid 19 we have had rental cancellations and are uncertain what the Ice Cream Social holds.

Please consider sending a donation to:
PO Box 259
Lonsdale, MN 55046

Thank you to those who are donated from October 2019-April 2020.

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant!

June 30, 2020

Brent D. Christianson
September 12, 1951- May 13, 2020

Rev. Brent Christianson passed away on May 13, 2020. He was the last pastor to serve the Trondhjem congregation in our historic building.
Brent served at Trondhjem from 1984-1989. His leadership was crucial as the new church was built and this historic building was placed in our care.
His faith and heart was crucial as he preached the gospel and cared for our congregation through life’s celebrations and challenges.
Well done, good and faithful servant!


Pastoral Timeline at the Historic Trondhjem

June 30, 2020

The following pastors have served at our Historic Church. If you have biographical information or photos to share on any of them, please contact Ann Pocker.  We’d like to include additional details in future newsletters, and on our website.

N. E. Wikre 1876-1881
Rasmus Anderson 1881-1883
C. I. Wold 1883-1888
E. L. Aas 1889-1904
E. M. Hanson 1905-1911
G. M. Oftedal 1912-1913
B. L. Sundal 1913-1940
A. E. Windahl 1940-1941
E. A. Evenson 1941-1948
Dr. M A Helland 1943-1949
Norman Nelson 1948-1949
Maruis Haakenstad 1949-1957
Morris Vaagenes, Jr 1957-1961
Paul Ronning 1961-1965
Carl Lorenz 1965-1968
James Almquist 1969-1972
Gerald Melby 1972-1976
Ronald Schornhorst 1976-1984
Brent Christianson 1984-1989

Norwegian Wedding Traditions

June 30, 2020

Our annual Syttende Mai celebration with our traditional Norwegian treats had to be cancelled for this year, but for our readers who are fans of history and traditions from the “old world” we are sharing a story from Orkdal, Norway (just outside of Trondheim, and home of the Fossum family ancestors). This is taken from a little book called “Mat og Skikkar”, which translates to “Food and Customs”.

The Wedding Celebration
“Preparations started well in advance. The storehouse (“stabbur”) and the baking house had to be clean and tidy; they set the table and made up as many beds as possible. Sometimes the bench was made up in the kitchen so they could bed down a heap of kids there, up to six.
Stable room for horses was necessary as guests arrived by horse with the intention of staying 2-3 days. It was customary for neighbors to assist with finding extra room, for people and horses.
Then to the preparatory work of the food and drink. The ale from the corn had to be brewed, in both a strong ale and a lighter brew. Then they baked the crispy flatbread. Animals had to be slaughtered. The day after slaughtering, two cooks arrived, the head cook and an assistant. They ground enough meat for meatballs, meatcakes and sausages. The women of the house made cheese and butter in decorative forms, baked cakes and biscuits.
For the feast itself, two “food mothers” oversaw the serving, and two toastmasters took care of seating and overseeing the ceremonies. These were honorable tasks, often given to two couples in the neighborhood, or to kinfolk.
On the “night previous” – the night before the wedding – the “food mothers” were to receive the guests and “beinings”, gifts of cream cakes, homemade breads, fruitcakes, coffee bread rings, rice or egg porridge. Close kinfolk often brought trunks full of food.
Also on the “night previous” the milkmaids would arrive. These were young girls from nearby farms who brought milk to the farm hosting the feast, and they were treated handsomely. The amount of milk they brought was typically in proportion to the size of the farm they came from. Food served to guests on the “night previous” usually consisted of a warm meal of fish, meatcakes, rice and milk.
The first day of the wedding, the breakfast was a solemn event. Guests were seated as the bridal couple entered dressed in their finery. The decorative butter forms were put on the table and the porridges and cheeses were passed around. The “beinings” from nearest of kin were offered first.
After the wedding when everyone was back from church, dinner would be served, “sodd” (stew/soup) and dessert porridges with both prunes and apricots. Then there was coffee and cakes, and later there was supper
On the second day the bride and groom would get up early and perform their first task together, which was to serve coffee to guests. On this day the couple also received milk and often cream from neighbors, and ate rommegrot (sourcream porridge) and either meatcakes or stew. Before the porridge was served a fiddler would play a march, with the bride and groom following him. The groom carried the bowl of porridge and the bride – wearing a bonnet to signify she was now a mistress — carried the ladle. Guests followed in pairs; this procession was one of the highlights of the wedding.
In the afternoon there was typically a “chopping block” dance. A chopping block was placed in the middle of the floor. This had to be climbed by the bridal couple first, then the cooks and the toastmasters and thereafter all the others young and fit enough.”

Cemetery Corner

June 30, 2020

The Trondhjem Cemetery Corp, like the Historic church, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was established in 1876 when Johannes Fossum donated one acre of land for its use. According to his obituary, Johannes was buried in the cemetery after he died of TB “consumption” on November 22,1911 at the age of 71. Johannes Fossum is the Great-Granduncle of our Vice President Ramona (Fossum) Pumper and our past President Merle Fossum.

The Trondhjem Cemetery is an entity of its own. While we work closely with Trondhjem Lutheran Church and the Trondhjem Community Preservation Society, the cemetery is not funded by either of these organizations. As we come into the spring season, we will once again begin necessary but costly lawn care. The cemetery is very difficult and time consuming to mow due to the headstones, many of which are not in a straight line which increases our costs. If you would like to help support our cemetery, donations for this historic site can be sent to:

Trondhjem Cemetery Corp
PO Box 123
Northfield, MN 55057
Deb Simon
12527 50th St W
New Prague MN 56071

Please write checks to “Trondhjem Cemetery”
Deb (Johnson) Simon, Treasurer, Trondhjem Cemetery Corp

Want to research a burial? Go to and click on “Cemetery” for name search to locate the cemetery

Annual Meeting and Budget

June 30, 2020

With the cancellation of our Syttende Mai celebration this year, we lose the opportunity to hold our Annual Meeting for Members. At this meeting, we regularly present our budget for the coming fiscal year (May 1 through April 30) and approve appointments to the Board of Directors. Given current circumstances, all current Board Members have agreed to stay on, and we are offering our proposed budget for the coming year below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at with any questions.

Contingency Building Repair Fund $3,000.00
Electric 1,000.00
Events (Musicians, misc. expenses) 1,500.00
Insurance 3,800.00
Internet 600.00
Lawn care, snow removal 2,000.00
Maintenance 600.00
Museum 500.00
Printing and Mailing (newsletter, etc.) 1,100.00
Office Supplies 300.00
Propane 2,800.00
State Property Tax 100.00
Security System 800.00
Miscellaneous 400.00
Technology 600.00
Total: $19,100.00


A Word from our President

June 30, 2020

As I sit down to write this, our Nation as well as our local communities are engulfed in an unprecedented response to a pandemic, which is unpredictable and devastating on so many levels. Like you, I have been receiving messages by the hour from government, organizations and businesses about their status and response to this virus, whose severity and unknown longevity are causing so many closures and changes.

We don’t know what will happen over the next months, but it is clear that things will still be unsafe into May. As a result, we have made a decision as a Board to cancel Syttende Mai for next month, with the hope of perhaps hosting an event in the Fall. We are hoping we will be able to safely hold our Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social in July, however. We will keep you updated on our website.

All of this has made me consider how much of our fundraising is dependent upon the events we host for the benefit of our Members and our community – primarily our annual Syttende Mai celebration and summer Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social. When/if we are forced to cancel these events, what impact will that have on our financial status and health? While the bulk of our annual budget comes from donations, annual and special events bolster our mission and our visibility. Like you, our monthly bills must be paid even when our events are cancelled.

Elsewhere in this newsletter you will see our best estimate for next year’s budget (May 1 to April 30). Our expenses are pretty basic, and set. This seems to highlight the necessity to move from a focus on event based fundraising to planned, annual giving as a more stable, sustainable financial structure. Please take a moment to review our proposed budget, and think about planned annual giving to the Trondhjem Community Preservation Society, as we move past this chaotic and frightening time. It would mean a great deal to our stability going forward.

While our scheduled community events may have to be postponed, the regular work at TCPS goes forward: care and maintenance of our precious historic structure, museum committee when possible, and hosting a few private events. As always, we are grateful for your interest and support. If you have ideas on new and innovative ways we can live out our mission, please let us know!

Be well and be safe-

Nancy Halverson Norton President TCPS Board of Directors