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Museum Blog Autumn 2017

November 17, 2017

Ladies Aid, Trondhjem style:

Do you remember when your mother went to Ladies Aid? That was the big social event of the month for the women of the church. Everyone would be dressed up and would have on those freshly polished nice black shoes that laced up the front with black shoe laces.

The hostess would work for days doing a thorough house cleaning. Then she would spend a day or two baking goodies for the big lunch. She cooked a large pot of “egg” coffee and served sandwiches made from homemade bread, pickles, cake, cookies and some times a bowl of red jello.

The pastor was usually present and would give devotions. A collection was taken and each lady was expected to give 10 cents. If they needed additional money once a year they would have an auction of items the women had made.

The Trondhjem Ladies Aid was organized in 1778. The first meeting was held at the home of Johannes Fossum. There were 32 members. It was also called Trondhjem Kvindeforeningen (woman’s society).

This photograph from the TCPS Museum Collection was taken in 1910 at the home of J.K. Johnson. Writing on the back of the photograph states “the man in the tall hat was our Pastor Oftedal. We liked him very much.”


Museum Blog: July

July 22, 2017

July 2017

The Museum Committee of the Trondhjem Community Preservation Society has embarked on making Trondhjem Community history a part of this TCPS Website. Our first installment focuses on early community member and World War I veteran Ole Berg. This blog, by Merle Fossum, is followed by links to more information about Ole Berg, posted on-line by the Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Reflections, part of the Minnesota Digital Library.

Check it out! And visit our blog in the months to come.

Ole Berg

1890- 1960     World War I Veteran

Ole Berg was born in the Trondhjem community to Norwegian immigrant parents. They lived in a squatters’ dwelling that they built in what was called “The Indian Woods.” This was a heavily wooded area that had not been cleared for farming located about a mile or two southeast of the church and owned by an absent investor. They supported themselves with a large vegetable garden and by hunting small game in The Indian Woods. Ole’s father, Johannes worked for cash helping community farmers doing odd jobs and especially tiling wetlands to drain them and make them available for agriculture.

Ole was known in the community as a very intelligent person. He loved to read and gain knowledge. When World War I broke out he was drafted and served in France, fighting in the battle of the Argonne Forest, one of the bloodiest and most brutal battles of the war. Ole received many letters from friends and family in Trondhjem during his service and saved all of these letters for the rest of his life. We don’t have any of the letters he sent home but in from his mother she wrote, “What you wrote about (in last letter) have scared the life out of me. Live well Dear Son Ole

 When he came home from the battles, he suffered terribly from what was called “shell shock”, today known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is said that in the middle of one night he knocked on the door of his neighbor, Eddie Halverson, in great distress and said, “I shot Melford Docken!” (Another young neighbor). That was his terrifying hallucination and was not true but Eddie didn’t know it was a hallucination until he went to the Docken home and found everyone there was just fine.

A near neighbor to the Berg family, Leif Fossum and Ole spent many hours in their youth hunting together. Ole taught his younger friend, Leif, much of what he knew about hunting. Leif was a teen-ager when Ole returned from the war and he described taking Ole to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis to get help for his shell shock. After a period of hospitalization, he was granted a military disability and a monthly stipend. A guardian was appointed for the rest of his life. He was never again known to have delusions or in any way shown signs of mental disorder. For much of his life, his old neighbor and hunting friend, Leif, became his legal guardian and Ole took up where is father had left off, digging trenches to lay drain tiles and draining much of the wetland of the Trondhjem community.

More about Ole Berg:

MNHS Education Portal

 Minnesota Reflections, Minnesota Digital Library
Read more…

Ice Cream Social

July 8, 2017

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Sunday July 23rd, 2017
Noon to 4:00 PM

We’re very excited to be able to move our summer
event back to the Old Church, in the newly remodeled building!
We’ll have the same menu you’ve enjoyed in the past;
Lonsdale Country Market Hot Dogs,
Homemade Sloppy Joes
Potato Salad
Ice Cream
Root Beer Floats

And we’re excited “Cheryl and Friends” have agreed
to come back to entertain us.

Mark your calendars to
join us for the Pie and Ice Cream Social on Sunday,
July 23 from 12 to 4 pm!

Syttende Mai Celebration & Annual Meeting

May 3, 2017


Come join our celebration of the Norwegian National Holiday,  Syttende Mai, when we gather at the Old Church – with the newly renovated social hall on Sunday, May 21st at 2:00 PM.

We’re thrilled to have “Twin Cities Hardingfelelag” providing our entertainment this year.  This group is dedicated to the performance of Traditional  Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle  Music, so it’s very fitting that this special group will be  joining us   as we celebrate not only Syttende Mai, but the     re-opening of our expanded social hall and        museum space.

During the program intermission, a brief annual meeting will be held to elect members to the board of directors and provide an update on our remodeling project. An offering will be taken for the care and preservation of the historic church. Following the program traditional Norwegian treats, open faced sandwiches and coffee will be served. We ask members to bring their favorite homemade foods to share.


Christmas Eve Service cancelled

November 26, 2016

Due to the remodeling project the Old Trondhjem Church will not be prepared for the Christmas Eve Service this year.

Happy holidays and we’ll see you in 2017!

Syttende Mai Celebration & Annual Meeting

April 4, 2016



Come join our celebration of the Norwegian National Holiday, Syttende Mai, when we gather at the Old Church on May 15th at 2:00 PM.

We’re thrilled to have Kay Costa provide some light-hearted insight into being Norwegian. Kay remembers her Norwegian relatives having a keen sense of humor. They laughed just as hard if the joke was played on them or on one another. She will share childhood memories of going with her Dad when he entertained folks with Norwegian readings and jokes. We will also have Karla Wiese Miller provide musical accompaniment and entertainment once again.

The program is open to anyone and an offering will be taken for the care and preservation of the historic church. A brief annual meeting will be held to elect members to the board of directors and provide an update on some exciting news surrounding future plans for our fellowship hall expansion. Following the program traditional Norwegian treats, open faced sandwiches and coffee will be served. We ask members to bring their favorite homemade foods to serve.


Remember TCPS on Give to the Max Day!

October 6, 2015 is rallying all Minnesotans to cheer on their favorite cause during a 24-hour extravaganza of  generosity today, November 14.

Trondhjem Community Preservation Society is registered at their web site and you can cheer us on by making a donation online at or go to and follow the “Donate” link. The non-profits that receive the greatest total amount of donations will receive an added bonus ranging from $10,000 to $1,000. So please show your support for Trondhjem Community Preservation Society on November 14 and make a  donation of any amount is right for you.