Borghild M. Dahl Lodge #54
Founded: May 6, 2017, Sioux Falls, SD
When: Second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. Time varies in December, January, & February.
Where: Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Friendship Room) 909 W.33rd St., Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Contact Us: Click on this link to contact us
Borghild Dahl 2024 Board Sisters greeted customers at the Lodge #54 sales table
on Cultural Day at the 2023 Convention in Reno
Our lodge enjoys celebrating our Norwegian heritage and sharing Nordic cultural traditions at each meeting. Some of our program topics have included:
- Syttende Mai history
- Flette Hjerter (woven hearts)
- Kransekake (Almond wreath cake. See picture to the right)
- Fastelavnsris (Shrovetide branches)
- Nålbinding (making a textile from loops of yarn)
- Nisse creation
- Luciadagen (Santa Lucia)
- Norwegian Ancestor Research Tips
- Leif Erikson and the Vikings
- Norwegian Sweater Stories
- "Giants in the Earth" and other books on Norwegian immigrants
- Scandinavian wheat weaving
- Viking Knit Wire Jewelry
- Norway Travel Show and Tell
- Bronze Age Casting and Fiber Mill Tour
We chose Borghild M. Dahl, Norwegian-American professor and author, as our lodge namesake because her perseverance and triumph over blindness was an inspiration to her students at Augustana College in Sioux Falls and still inspires us here today!
Borghild Margrethe Dahl was born on February 6, 1890, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Norwegian immigrants Peder Mogens Dahl and Ingeborg Knudsdatter Haugseth from the Rendal area of Hedmark in the 1880’s.
Despite severely impaired vision since birth, she attended college and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Dahl earned an M.A. at Columbia University and was awarded a scholarship to study in Norway. In 1924 she became the first woman of a foreign country to be selected Norsk Akademiker at the University of Oslo. During the 1930s she taught Journalism and Norwegian at Augustana College and lectured widely before finally facing what seemed like a hopeless setback when she lost what little vision she had.
Then an operation in 1943 improved her eyesight dramatically and she set forth on a new career as a writer. Her 1944 autobiography “I Wanted to See” told the inspirational story of her struggles and successes. Ms. Dahl wrote another 15 books, many for children, based on her Norwegian heritage. In 1950, Ms. Dahl received the St. Olaf medal from the king of Norway for her work in promoting Norwegian-American relations. She received the Augustana College Sesquicentennial Award in 1975. She died on February 20, 1984, in Burnsville, Minnesota, at the age of 94.