Syttende Mai and Norwegian Constitution

Flag_of_Norway_svg SIG member Jacki Miller just sent in this message to the VGS Scandinavian SIG, so I am passing it on to you:

The Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll in May 1814
The Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll in May 1814

Syttende Mai and Norwegian Constitution Coat of arms of Norway.svgA day late,  but to those with Norwegian Heritage,  happy Syttende Mai.  It is also the 200 year old anniversary of the second-oldest “living” constitution in the world. The United States constitution is the oldest. The document was signed at Eidsvoll, Norway.  I visited this historic building. Many signers of the Eidsvoll Constitution settled in central southern Wisconsin.  A hundred genealogists in Norway have located 112 descendants of signers here in my “summer” area. Are any of you that are of Norwegian descent an “Eidsvollsmenn Descendant”? The project, eidsvollsmenn.no is searching a database of 63,000, as of now 4,138 have lived in the United States. The full article Historic Heritage is found on the Wisconsin State Journal’s front page on Saturday, May 17, 2014. In 2002, I toured the historic building in Norway where the constitution was signed.

Jacki Miller

Eidsvollsbygningen, the site of the drafting of the Constitution
Eidsvollsbygningen, the site of the drafting of the Constitution

Read the Wikipedia Article on the Norwegian Constitution. Here is a map of Eidsvoll’s location: