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Object Name Badge, Membership
Catalog Number 2013.fic.103
Description Member badge of the Normanna Sangerkor, a La Crosse men's singing society. The badge consists of 2 yellow metal pieces, one above the other, connected by short lengths of chain on both sides. The upper part has the date 1869 at the top, with "Normanna Sangerkor" below it. The middle piece consists of an outstretched eagle facing our left, while the lower (and largest) of the three sections is a lyre whose curving side pieces are dragons, each facing outward. A banner across the top of the lyre reads: "La Crosse, Wis."
The badge was worn with a red ribbon behind it: the back of the top section has a bar which the ribbon was attached to.
Collection La Crosse County Historical Society Collection
Made By Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, NJ
Date 1912
Dimensions W-2.25 L-3.5 inches
Length (in) 3.5
Width (in) 2.25
People Rynning, Rolf S.
Search Terms Music
Normanna Sangerkor
Fraternal Organizations
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Notes The Sangerkor was founded in 1868. In 1911 Rolf S. Rynning felt they needed something more elegant and permanent than the printed ribbons they wore for performances and competitions. Sketches by the artist E.O. Forseth were sent to Whitehead Hoag and Co., in Newark, NJ. The company based their design on these drawings, and this badge is the result.
These badges were officially worn for the first time in July, 1912, at the Sangerfest in Fargo N.D.

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