MUNSTER | The Vikings and their culture are "trending" right now thanks to a new television series on the History Channel that has just started its second season. Northwest Indiana has its own clan celebrating its Viking heritage.
Nordik Folk Lodge No. 761 of Munster is currently hosting a lecture series on “The Vikings” from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Munster branch of the Lake County Public Library, 87012 Calumet Ave.
This video lecture series is produced by the Great Lecture Series and moderated by Professor Kenneth Harl of Tulane University. Two half-hour lectures are shown and discussed each month.
Admission is free and refreshments are served. The library requests that attendees register by phone at (219) 836-8450 or online at www.lcplin.org/Branches/mu.htm (click on “events” at the top of the page).
"Nordik Folk is a lodge that strives to preserve the culture and traditions of Sweden and other Scandinavian countries," said member Lynda Smith. Events related to Swedish holidays and activities are held throughout the year in the Calumet Region.
Starting Tuesday and continuing through April, members of Nordik Folk Lodge No. 761 will exhibit artifacts and replicas from Viking life in the display case at the entrance/vestibule of the Munster branch library. The items are part of a collection owned by former lodge chairman Mike Pearson, of Hammond.
Children of the lodge will present a program of music and folk dance at noon April 27 when the lodge hosts Springfest, its annual fundraiser, at Andorra Banquets, 1112 U.S. 41, Schererville. Call Lynda at (219) 923-8777 for more information.
In addition, some members of the lodge offer free assistance with genealogy, primarily for tracing ancestors in Sweden and Scandinavia but also including searches in other European countries and the early U.S. This group meets at 6:30 p.m. every second Monday of the month at Ridge United Methodist Church, 8607 Columbia Ave., Munster. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.nordikfolk.com for more information about the lodge.