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Below is a listing of upcoming events and programs hosted or sponsored by Drott Lodge No. 168.  You may change the view of the calendar to Month/Week/Day by clicking on “Agenda” or filter by categories by selecting the “Categories” button. If you are from a partner organization and would like your event or program listed in our calendar, please email us at ‘’  – please include “Calendar Entry” as your subject heading – our admin will review and post if the request meets our criteria. Regular business meetings and programs hosted or sponsored by Drott Lodge No. 168 are Open to the Public unless otherwise indicated. All meetings run 2:30 - 5:30pm, unless otherwise stated.

Upcoming events

    • October 14, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • St. Clement’s Island near Leonardstown, Maryland

    Ride the Longship

    Sea Raven

    October 14, 2023 (Rain date 21st)

    Members will travel to St. Clement’s Island near Leonardtown, Maryland for this day-long adventure. We will gather at 10 am to prepare the Sae Hrafn (Sea Raven) for our “voyage” and to hear a brief orientation on safety measures. The ship is an authentic reconstruction of a Viking-era vessel.

    There will be a $10 fee for Drott Lodge members; $15 for non-members.  The maximum number of attendees is 40. Half will set sail in the first launch, with the others in a second sailing. A sign-up sheet and more information will be available at our September meeting. 

    Due to limited parking, we plan to carpool from points in Maryland and Virginia, details to be finalized closer to the date of the event.  Participants will bring a picnic lunch; activities such as leather crafts and/or a presentation from re-enactors are being planned, again, with final plans for these events made closer to the date of the trip.

    • November 11, 2023
    • American Legion 3939 Oak Street Fairfax, VA

    Drott Lodge will sell items at the bazaar. Hours will be posted when known.

    • November 11, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Virtual

                      Drott Lodge of Vasa ~ Genealogy Conference

    Join VASA Drott Lodge #168 on Saturday, November 11, 2023 for a day of research at its Virtual Swedish Genealogy Conference. Our presenters are all experts in the field of Swedish genealogy.

    Kathy Meade is the North American representative for ArkivDigital, a Swedish company that offers online access to newly photographed color images of Swedish church books and other historical records. She has been working with Swedish genealogy for about twenty years. Ms. Meade serves on the advisory board for the Swedish American Genealogy Research Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. She volunteers at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Il helping patrons with their Swedish genealogical research. Her topic: “Searching for your Swedish Ancestor By Name in Arkiv Digital.” Discover the searchable name indexes in ArkivDigital. Learn how to use the name-searchable indexes for the Swedish church books, census records, estate inventories, passenger ship manifests, military records, and other collections. Learn the power of advanced searching and smart searching techniques. Discover how to break down those brick walls by effectively using index searches.

    Geoff Fröberg Morris is the author of A Practical Guide to Swedish Church Records for Genealogy and Family History.  He has been doing Swedish genealogical research for over 35 years, and has been employed for 21 years at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah as a Nordic research specialist.  Geoff has helped thousands of people search for their Swedish ancestors and authored hundreds of pages into the FamilySearch Wiki. His presentation is entitled “Finding the Father Unknown.”

    Jill Morelli  CG, CGL is a writer, lecturer and co-founder of the online Applied Genealogy Institute, providing practicum-based educational opportunities for intermediate and advanced genealogists. In 2017, she founded the Certification Discussion Group, an online series discussing her certification journey in order to demystify the process for others.  She specializes in Scandinavian research and is constantly honing her methodological skills. She lectures nationally and has written articles for National Genealogical Society QuarterlySwedish American GenealogistNCGS Journal and many others. Jill will present:  "Using Mantal Tax Records to Solve Difficult Problem.”

    Jill Seaholm is the head of Genealogical Services at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center. She holds a B.A. degree in Scandinavian studies from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL; the Swenson Center is located on the Augustana campus maintains a close relationship with the college and with the Scandinavian Studies program there. Jill has been assisting genealogists at the Swenson Center since the early 1990s. She also runs the center's genealogy workshop in Salt Lake City and heads the publishing of Swedish American Genealogist. Jill’s presentation is entitled “Resources at the Swenson Center and finding Swedish-American Church Records available online at Ancestry”

    • December 02, 2023

     Drott Lodge will be selling gift and food items at the bazaar.

Meeting Location:

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church

10701 Old Georgetown Road

North Bethesda, MD 20852

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