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Welcome to the website of Pennsylvania District #9 of the Vasa Order of America!

We are excited to have a real presence on the World Wide Web. District Lodge Pennsylvania #9 was established in 1908 to form a regional umbrella for local lodges in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Most of our activities are conducted through our local lodges Nobel-Monitor #130 in Cleveland, OH, Drott #168 in Potomac, MD, and Svea #296 in Erie, PA. Like many other fraternal and ethnic organizations in the United States, we have seen our membership decline in recent decades and several local lodges disappear. But the Executive Board of the District is determined to turn things around. Re-launching our websites at the District, as well as, each of the local lodges is a first step in that effort. While most of our current members are 2nd or 3rd generation Swedish-Americans, we are aware that there are many Swedes who have arrived in our area more recently, along with many others, who share our interest in preserving and celebrating our Swedish cultural heritage. We are planning in the coming months and years to expand our activities both at the local lodge level and through collaboration across the District. We invite you to join us in that effort! Please check out our websites to see how our plans unfold.

Bo Carlsson

District Master

Pennsylvania District #9


In addition to our new website, we also have a District #9 Newsletter. We will send it out regularly, approximately 4 times per year.  For current information about each of the Lodges go to their websites:

Check out the News Tab.  In the section for District Newsletters, read Spring 1992 Distrikt Tidningen!

Make sure that you sign-up for the Newsletter!  Click here: Sign-up Today For Our District No. 9 Newsletter!

Summer in Scandinavia 

Top:   Djurgarden Island

Left:   Summer house in Sunne, Sweden

Left Bottom:   Skulestadmo, Norway

Below:   Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

Photos courtesy of  E. Dunhem & P. Bellingham


District Lodge Pennsylvania #9 is dramatically  improving its public face with our Wild Apricot website.

We are very excited about this development. Our website describes who the District Lodge PA #9 is and how we impact Scandinavian culture.  You can also find a description of our parent organization, Vasa Order Of America.  We are one of 18 Districts in the United States, encompassing Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

The website works very well on any smartphone or regular computer so you can access the website from anyplace, at any time. 

Keep checking this website for frequent updates and news about District Lodge PA #9.

The Golden Jubilee of Carl XVI Gustaf will be celebrated in 2023 in the Kingdom of Sweden, to mark the 50th anniversary of the accession of King Carl XVI Gustaf on September 15, 1973.

The 500th anniversary of the election of Gustav Vasa as King of Sweden will also be noted during the Jubilee year on June 6th, marking his election as the monarch and the beginning of Sweden leaving the Kalmar Union.

Jubilee commemorations will begin in January, with a dinner at Stockholm Palace for representatives from all of Sweden's counties. From February to September 2023, the King and Queen will travel throughout the whole of Sweden and visit a number of cities.

Celebrations will take place on September 15 and 16 in Stockholm to mark the Golden Jubilee. On September 15th the Te Deum will be held in the Royal Palace Church. During the day, the King will oversee a changing of the guard and will receive a singer's tribute at the palace's outer courtyard. The same evening, a dinner will be held in the Rikssalen at King's Hall. On September 16th, the King and Queen will travel in cortege through the capital.


Village of Hoyanger in Norway               PBellingham

Join Us For Fun-filled Events Together With the 3 Sister Lodges In Our Vasa District, PA #9

Why not visit our three sister Lodges within Pennsylvania District #9? The lodges are Nobel-Monitor #130 in Cleveland, OH, Svea #296 in Erie, PA, and Drott #168 in Washington, D.C. Check out their websites to find out what they are doing.

We plan to have some joint activities together with members of the other lodges to include some fun events in their areas and we will travel there to spend a day or weekend with them.  We can, to the extent possible, arrange car pooling.

More information about these events later.

Here are the websites for our three sister Local Lodges:



Drott Lodge:

Restart & ReEnergize Events

Become A Member in any of our 3 Lodges closest to you!

Become a Local Lodge Member by logging on to the respective websites listed above. 

You will receive their Newsletter in order to be informed about what is happening within the Lodges.


Phrase of the Month:  

A Swede doesn’t tell you to “chill,” they ask you to “bring your spikes down”: Tagga ned.



Flagship Niagara League, Erie, PA - Do you have a high school Viking in your life?  Check out   Erie's Flagship Niagara League offers a 2 week sailing immersion program aboard the US Brig Niagara.  $2000 tuition includes lodging and all meals aboard Niagara, instruction, program materials, and admissions.   Young men and women from around the country come to learn to steer, stand lookout, handle the rigging and climb the 12 story tall rig to loose out and furl sail.  Definitely not for the feint hearted but definitely a learning experience of a lifetime!  Tentative weeks:  June 7-20 and June 28-July 11. 

Jamestown, NY - Scandinavian Folk Festival - July 14-16, 2023 at the Northwest Arena, Jamestown, NY

Luray, Virginia - Luray Caverns -  The cavern system is adorned with speleothems such as columns, mud flows, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and mirrored pools. The caverns are perhaps best known for the Great Stalacpipe Organ, a lithophone  made from solenoid-fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks, or bells. (Wikipedia). 

Cleveland, Ohio - The Henry Ford - Motor Muster at Greenfield Village, June 17-18, 2023, an historic vehicle show.  You might also want to visit the Factory Tour and the Museum of American Innovation at The Henry Ford complex.

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Active communication is very important to grow our three Lodges and make a difference. If you have not signed-up yet, here is your chance to become a member in one of our Lodges: Nobel-Monitor, Svea, or Drott. Click and Sign-up below

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Pat Bellingham

C/O Luther Memorial Church Office: 814.454.0106


225 West 10th Street

Erie, PA 16501

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