event Calendar

Eastern United States (East coast states)

    • May 29, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 05, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Scandinavia House Update - New York


    May 29, 2020


    On May 26, 2020, American-Scandinavian Foundation presented an online discussion with Dr. Frode Forland, Specialist Director of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the Institute of Public Health in Norway, regarding the nation’s response to the coronavirus. With ASF President Edward Gallagher as moderator, Dr. Forland discussed Norway’s early response to COVID-19, the evolution of that response, and the current situation. A video of the talk is now streaming online; view above or at the link below.




    $3.99 (50% of proceeds support ASF + Scandinavia House)

    Virtual Cinema Tickets are now available for The Painter and the Thief! Hailed as "the year's most moving documentary" by The Guardian and directed by Benjamin Ree (Magnus), the film explores a unique and profound relationship between an artist and the man who stole her work. 

    When two paintings by Czech naturalist Barbora Kysilkova are stolen from an Oslo art gallery, Norwegian authorities quickly identify and arrest the two culprits, but find no trace of the paintings. When Barbora approaches one of the thieves, Karl-Bertil Nordland, at his criminal hearing and asks if she can paint his portrait, he agrees. What follows—over a series of portraits and many years—is an extraordinary story of human connection and friendship.

    Half of ticket sales will support the work of ASF + Scandinavia House. See the trailer here. 



    To kick off the Virtual Cinema premiere of The Painter and the Thief last weekend, director Benjamin Ree and artist Barbora Kysilkova joined us for an Online Premiere Event! In an online chat with ASF, they discussed the events behind the development of the documentary, the making of the film, and the relationships that were built between the participants. The video is streaming now on our YouTube channel



    On view at Scandinavia House in 2015-16, Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark presented a wide selection of masterpieces by celebrated Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916), the first exhibition in New York exclusively dedicated to the artist's work in over 15 years. Drawn from the extensive collection of SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, the exhibition featured a selection of paintings from across Hammershøi’s body of work, including several of the quiet home interiors for which he earned the title “de stille stuers maler” (the painter of tranquil rooms). A Virtual Gallery Tour of the exhibition is now available online; watch the video above or at the link below.


    TUE—JUNE 9—6 PM (EDT)

    The Nordic Book Club for Professor Andersen's Night by Dag Solstad, originally scheduled at Scandinavia House in March, will now take place online on Tuesday, June 9! In this existential murder mystery, 55-year-old professor Pål Andersen is alone one Christmas Eve in his living room, drinking cognac, when he witnesses a man strangling a woman in an apartment across the street. Rather than reporting the crime, he becomes paralyzed by his indecision, setting off an unsettling reexamination of his own derailed life. To discuss the book with us then, sign up online here. All participants will receive a link and instructions for how to join.



    Beginning Friday, June 5, we'll begin selling Virtual Cinema Tickets for the Icelandic film A White, White Day /Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur! Originally screened at Scandinavia House this past February as part of our Nordic Oscar Contenders series, this award-winning film follows an off-duty police chief who, struggling to cope with the loss of his wife, becomes increasingly suspicious of another man who may have had an affair with her, and begins an increasingly obsessive investigation within their small community. Directed by Hlynur Pálmason and winner of the NDR Film Prize at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, A White, White Day is an emotionally complex exploration of the ravages of loss, set across the hypnotic landscape of Iceland.

    A ticketing link will appear in next week's newsletter and be posted to our website; stay tuned for more info from us!


    SAT—JUNE 6—6 PM start time

    During Sweden’s National Day on June 6 the Swedish Institute will broadcast a 24-hour livestream presenting the very best of Sweden to viewers! The livestream will feature music and performances, greetings and short features of famous Swedish people, cook-a-long and tutorials, sightseeing, and more. Featured in the program are live performances from home by Jay Jay Johanson, Oscar Zia, Jens Lekman, Loney Dear and Jonna Lee; cooking and baking with chefs Jessica Frej, Camilla Hamid and Gustav Johansson; virtual tours from Vitlycke and Vasa museums; guest appearances by Christer Fuglesang, Bea Åkerlund, and others; a National Anthem performance by Cantores Sofiae; a livestreaming broadcast from Stockholm; and more. The celebration will be live starting at 6 PM EDT at the link below. 



    Our Virtual Gallery Tours now have a dedicated page live on our website! Visit us online to see updated roundups of all of our virtual exhibition tours, weekly emails, and links to online art and culture from Nordic museums in the U.S. and abroad. We also now have a dedicated page up featuring all of our recent online programming, including talks with prominent Nordic figures on their national responses to the coronavirus, book talks, and more. Both pages will be updated regularly; check back weekly to see more!



    Download a cool new app that allows you to add Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson to your home! Acute Art has teamed up with Eliasson as well as KAWS to offer a whole new way of discovering, experiencing, and collecting art. It enables you to add a series of augmented reality (AR) artworks to your home — or anywhere else you'd like to place them. You can play around with the app to introduce works from Eliasson's WUNDERKAMMER series like Marvelous RainbowCourageous Flowers, and Rare Puffin (pictured above, atop a succulent) to any space virtually, and then photograph them from 360-degree angles and add to galleries. 



    You can now visit a Virtual Exhibition of House of Sweden's Smart Mobility — Taking Us Into The Future, a display of mobility in a Swedish context with a global impact! While the space is temporarily closed, House of Sweden has shared virtual content including installation photos, videos, graphs, and histories of change makers and failed experiments, along with detailed information about Swedish transportation: past, current, and future. 



    Looking to hygge-fy your home while practicing social distancing? A number of Scandinavian design blogs have suggestions on ways to add coziness and comfort to your living space this spring. The Design Chaser, a global blog that focuses on Scandinavian interiors and design, has a recent article up from their Winter edition that shows you how to introduce decadent tones and luxe detailing using their Indulge color palette. The Scandinavian Standard also recently profiled Danish fragrance brand Skandinavisk's new FJORD series, which uses the scents from landscapes surrounding Norway's fjords in a series of candles that has now been expanded to include diffusers, skin care, and soaps. And the Audio Matters podcast recently hosted Ingrid Opstad, of the lifestyle blog That Scandinavian Feeling, on how music can help us add comfort to our homes. How have you been hygge-fying while social distanced? Share photos with us by tagging #ScanHouse on Instagram! 



    Are you looking for activities to keep kids busy and entertained this weekend? Our Heimbold Family Children's Playing & Learning Center has been sending weekly roundups to our members featuring kids' craft workshops, reading suggestions, and exclusive online activities from many of our Nordic friends and collaborators! All of the emails are now live on an Online Children's Art Workshops page on our website, along with video tutorials of children's craft activities. You can also sign up for the newsletters to receive them every Friday.



    ASF’s magazine, Scandinavian Review, covers all aspects of life in contemporary Scandinavia with emphasis on areas in which Scandinavian achievement is renowned. A subscription to the full magazine is included as a benefit for ASF members, who receive print copies as well as digital subscriptions. But you can also read select articles from each issue online at ASF's website. This week, we're visiting Icelandic landscapes from home with the article Iceland: The Restless Land, which looks at the legendary volcanism of the country. 



    Donors and members make the difference! Now supporting ASF is easier than ever with our online giving and membership resources. Visit amscan.org/support-asf/​ to log in and join us today!

    To support ASF with a tax-deductible gift, visit here
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    NEW YORK, NY 10016 


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    • June 05, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 05, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Denmark


    The throne of Denmark was established in the tenth century and is the oldest in Europe and third oldest in the world. Through to the seventeenth century, the majority of decisions in Danish rule came through the monarchy and each monarch was obliged to sign the Haandfæstning wherein he promised to rule fairly.

    In 1660, Denmark became a constitutional monarchy, effectively removed the monarchy from absolute power and putting decision making into the hands of the leaders of government. From this time, aside from the royal power of the king, three types of powers existed in Denmark: legislative, executive and judicial.

    Including the signing of the first constitution, five constitutions have been written and signed: 1849, 1866, 1915, 1920 and 1953. None of these had amendments but each was superseded by the one following. On 5 June 1915, women received the right to vote.

    Many places hold festivals on Constitution Day and there are often political rallies. Students, graduates, bands and organisations march in parades behind the bright red and white of the Danish flag. The flag also dominates many buildings across the country.

    More Information

    (In Danish)

    • June 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 26, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Online Concerts


    Online Concerts on Facebook

    Tour and Tickets

    My story is not ordinary. I feel pretty ordinary, on the inside. But when I tell people where I come from and how I got here, it usually stirs up a gasp or two. My official story simply states that I grew up in Denmark and now live in the Pacific Northwest, but there is much more to it than that. So I decided to tell it. 

    My childhood was spent divided on three different continents. Strangest of all, I was born in South America. Valdivia, Chile to be exact. My parents were missionaries, but soon after my arrival, they decided to move back to the US. I was 6 months old. Needless to say, I don't remember anything from Chile at all. I ended up with dual citizenship - but not a Chilean one, as you might think, but a Danish/American citizenship. 

    My parents met in New York. My mom, from a small town of Sejlflod in Jylland, Denmark. My Dad from the Pacific Northwest. So when they decided, with 6 months old me in their arms to move back to the US, they settled on Tacoma, WA. Kind of fortuitous that my journey should lead me back here - only about 10 blocks away from my first American home. But that's for a later chapter. 

    My parents divorced when I was three and my mother decided to move us, three girls, to Denmark. First Skanderborg, then what I now consider my hometown, Haslev. This is where I went to school, where I had friends, where I learned about life, and love and longing. This is where I grew up. If you can call yourself a "grown-up" at 17; that's when I moved away from home. 
    I then became what I would call a "Copenhagen nomade" moving almost 25 times in the 13 or so years I lived there, interrupted only by a 2-year stint in Barcelona - also a story for another chapter.

    I finally up-rooted, if I ever had roots, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 when I was 31.

    And that's the short, cliff notes version story. But that's not really how I want to tell it. I want to tell my story by delving into how that story made me, me. What it was like, being a part of two worlds, and what sometimes felt like not being a part of anything at all. Feeling like an outsider for all the wrong reasons, trying so hard to belong, but not feeling like I belonged at all.
    As a child, I would spend the entire year going to school and living my life in Haslev and every other summer I would visit my Dad in Seattle. The alternating summers, he would visit us. I spoke (and still do speak) both languages fluently... mostly without an accent in either language. My dad would call every week long-distance to keep in touch with us girls. And in the '80s that was not cheap! My mom, even though she is 100% Dane, would make traditional Danish cooking right alongside fried chicken and cornbread. I felt the duality every day. 

    Consequently, it somehow made me feel divided. Instead of belonging everywhere, I felt like I didn't belong anywhere. 
    I suppose, with a different outlook on life, this duality could have made me feel abundant, like a citizen of the world, who had many homes. But my upbringing in so many ways nourished lack and dependence. And it made me feel stretched too thin. I was too American to be Danish and too Danish to be American. So I was, effectively, neither.

    Every time I came back to Denmark I would miss the US terribly. But it was never actually true the other way around. This only occurred to me when I finally moved here, that the homesickness I would feel for the US when gone, never set in for Denmark. Yes, I missed my family, but not the culture, not the place itself. 

    In reality, moving to the US clarified a lot of things for me. I have always been more American than Danish, I know that now. I've been loud, brazen, and always had big dreams and big gestures. Not in any way the proper little girl my mother tried to raise me to be. I had a terrible temper, that felt uncontrollable at times and a big voice that was repeatedly told to not shine too brightly, not to make the other kids feel bad. 

    This may seem harsh, but anyone from Denmark would notice this as "Janteloven" or "The Law of Jante" - a culturally-induced oppression that the Danes all know too well. Again, this is a phenomenon I will explain in depth in another chapter. Suffice it to say, it's a classic "crabs in a bucket" syndrome. When one tries to climb out the others will pull it back down.

    So I suppose I was not entirely caught in the middle. I sometimes describe myself as "half-and-half", with a chuckle. But that doesn't really describe me. In reality, I am more like 75/25. In the last ten years, I have learned to embrace my Danish roots, while also fully encompassing how American I really am. Immigrant heritage and all. 

    In truth, it probably doesn't matter what continent we are on. Denmark for me was a time in my life when I tried to hide who I truly was, in order to try and fit in. It was a time of listening to others over my own intuition, my inner voice. It was a time of not being and owning who I truly am and what my life's purpose is. The US for me has been the journey of fully growing into my true self. A journey of growth and self-exploration. Of owning all sides of me, even the ones I don't necessarily like. And most importantly listening to my own truth rather than what others say. It's not about Denmark and it's not about the US. It's about what each country represents to me and who I became during each timeframe I spent there. 

    I can now look at being "half-and-half" and feel grateful that I was blessed with so much diversity. And I can own my big voice and my larger than life attitude and put myself on a stage and feel right at home. But I can also remember where I came from, and what is truly important in life. Love of family, love of friends and most importantly, self-love.
    • June 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 26, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Scandinavia House - New York, NY



    On view at Scandinavia House in 2015-16, Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark presented a wide selection of masterpieces by celebrated Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916), the first exhibition in New York exclusively dedicated to the artist's work in over 15 years. Drawn from the extensive collection of SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, the exhibition featured a selection of paintings from across Hammershøi’s body of work, including several of the quiet home interiors for which he earned the title “de stille stuers maler” (the painter of tranquil rooms). A Virtual Gallery Tour of the exhibition is now available online; watch the video above or at the link below.


    ASF Scandinavia House Website

    ASF Scandinavia House Facebook

    NEW YORK, NY 10016


    • June 06, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • July 25, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online - Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center New York




    HCA Storytelling Online 

    Saturday Mornings from 11 am to Noon (Eastern Time)
    Storytellers from throughout the world tell Andersen’s iconic stories
    From Central Park to Your Home anywhere in the world 

    This year the Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center, Inc. (“HCASTC”)  is proud to launch a 2020 Live On-line Season starting on May 30th.   World renowned New York storyteller and artistic director of the HCASTC, Laura Simms,  has curated a season of stories told by the  best  storytellers from across the globe.  Different Andersen stories will be told every week. 

    Click Here for the Complete Schedule

    Hans Christian Andersen’s stories are the  most translated literature next to the Bible.   His stories, penned in the nineteenth Century, have been delighting audiences worldwide since. They  were created as commentaries for social injustice and inequality.  They remain  contemporary  and thrill children and adults alike with their array of fabulous characters including the Ugly Duckling who overcomes bullying and the Emperor Without Clothes whose vanity and idiocy is exposed by a child.  Kindness, humor, and the power of imagination and truth prevails. 

    If you are looking for something wonderful and valuable to share with your family in these times, join us for live performances on Saturdays at 11 a.m. straight to your kitchen or living room or garden. Recorded The link for our live performance will be on our website shortly. performances will subsequently be made available on our YouTube channel and on Facebook. Our website will also have those links. The program will continue through the end of September. If social distancing rules permit, live performances may be resumed in Central Park later during the season. Stories have always been the most brilliant and engaging way to start a great conversation.   Let the tale of the Nightingale about authenticity and real communication lift your spirits.  The poignant  tales of The Last Pearl and The Little Match Girl soothe your heart. And laugh out loud with the tales of Jack, The Dullard and the Swineherd. We will have mornings of Andersen’s longer irresistible tales of the Snow Queen (the real story behind Frozen), The Wild Swans, or The Little Mermaid. 

    Storytelling is entertaining. It is also life confirming. It keeps imagination and faith alive.  Technology has helped us immensely through this time, but put away the laptop when the story is over and talk together about the stories.  Tell your own. And keep up a tradition that has been ongoing for 64 years.  

    There is a restorative power in storytelling. The most experienced and wonderful storytellers will support a sense of inner safety while exploring profound resolutions to emotional experiences. Research has shown that listening to stories helps increase empathy and navigate challenging times. AND it improves the ability to  feel closer to one another by building connection among  people.  Let’s strengthen our sense of being one global  community. 

    What better time in which to shrink  physical distances and join us mind to mind across the world.

    HCASTC has been freely delivering stories to New Yorkers of all ages since 1956, rain or shine from its signature location at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park (72nd Street and 5th Avenue). We bring stories, and the Park  into your home. 

    HCASTC is a nonprofit organization that, aside from its historical site, has been bringing storytelling projects in schools, and is partnering with the Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark, hometown of the author, HCASTC is supported by private donors, contributions from listeners,  and the Parks Department of New York City. For the last 64 years it has been proudly offering spoken word performances that gathered thousands of families throughout the summer months. This is still today kept as a gift: an open invitation for us all to meet in the spirit of Andersen’s love for justice, children and literature.

    For detailed information, please visit our website at http://www.hcastorycenter.org


    • June 07, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • December 20, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 23 sessions
    • Danish Seamen’s Church - Brooklyn, NY



    The Sunday service follows the same liturgy as in the Danish folkekirke. The service is held in Danish, we sing hymns from the Danish hymnal, has readings from the Bible and celebrate communion.

    Join us for coffee after worship.

    No service on the last Sunday of each month.

    Danish Seamen’s Church
    102 Willow St
    Brooklyn, NY  11201

    Telephone - (718) 875-0042 

    Church Website

    Church Facebook

    • June 07, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions


    HRH Prince Joachim
    Photo by 
    Kamilla Bryndum

    Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian, Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, was born on 7 June 1969. His Royal Highness Prince Joachim is the son of HM Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark (d. 2018). He is included in the order of succession to the Throne and may act as Regent when HM The Queen and HRH Crown Prince Frederik are abroad

    Marital status

    On 24 May 2008, HRH Prince Joachim married Miss Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier, whoin connection with the marriage became HRH Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat.

    Family Photo by Steen Brogaard

    HH Prince Nikolai William Alexander Frederik, born on 28 August 1999, HH Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian, born on 22 July 2002, HH Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain, born on 4 May 2009, and HH Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie born on 24 January 2012. 

    Prince Joachim shares custody of Prince Felix with Prince Felix' mother, Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg, who was formerly married to Prince Joachim.

    Christening and confirmation

    Prince Joachim was christened in the Århus Cathedral on 15 July 1969 and confirmed in the Chapel of Fredensborg Castle on 10 June 1982.

    More Information:

    Royal House Website

    • June 08, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danish Sisterhood of America


    March 15, 2020
    Dear members, friends and lodge leaders of the Danish Sisterhood of America, 

    In this time of global concern about the spread of COVID-19 and based on recommendations and information from the CDC (The Center for Disease Control and Prevention), state and local agencies, the Danish Sisterhood’s main focus is to protect our members and limit the spread of COVID-19. It is critical that we protect the health and well-being of our communities and work to not overwhelm our health care system.  

    Local lodges are urged to suspend gatherings and events until further notice, and to take care of one another. In the event your district convention is cancelled and your lodge will incur a cancellation fee, please contact a member of the National Board.

    The Supreme Lodge recognizes that many of our members fall within the high risk category established by the CDC.  The entire board urges you to take the necessary precautions and stay safe and healthy.

    With warm regards, venlige hilsner, and in sisterly spirit,

    Christina Sallee, National President


    Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on news and events within the Danish Sisterhood.

    Danish Sisterhood Website

    • June 09, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 09, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Bruce Museum - Greenwich, CT


    LA Ring Virtual Exhibit

    See Bruce Museum website for Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

    The Bruce Museum will be closed to the public until further notice.

    The Bruce Museum is pleased to present the international exhibition On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK—the National Gallery of Denmark, opening to the public on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

    L.A. Ring (1854-1933), a Realist and Symbolist painter, ranks among the most significant figures in Danish art. The national gallery of Denmark holds the largest collection of Ring’s paintings and drawings; Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK showcases 25 of his most important paintings.

    A fine example, says Wadum, is the exquisite, large portrait of Ring’s wife Sigrid, known as At the French Windows: The Artist’s Wife. An X-radiograph of the painting shows that many details of the composition were changed during the execution of the image. One of these is particularly striking, Wadum suggests in an article on Ring’s painting techniques co-authored by Pauline Lehmann Banke and Troels Filtenborg. It is evident that the railing of the terrace and the garden steps were fully completed before the figure of the woman was painted on top of it. Despite being the central feature and object of the whole composition, she was the last element to be added, consistent with Ring’s technique of finishing off the setting before adding the narrative element.

    Initiated by the American Friends of Statens Museum for Kunst, the national gallery of Denmark, Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring provides an unprecedented opportunity for U.S. audiences to see the work of this great Nordic artist. The exhibition travels to only two U.S. venues. The Bruce Museum is the only one on the East Coast.

    Speaking about this first exhibition outside Scandinavia to be solely devoted to L.A. Ring, Mikkel Bogh, Director of SMK, says: “It is part of our mission at SMK to inspire and spark creative thinking by making the art of our collection known to a wider audience, which includes audiences outside the Nordic region. L.A. Ring was a sensitive and profound interpreter of the changing conditions of human existence at the threshold of modernity, in Denmark and elsewhere. We believe his painting has an appeal to U.S. audiences and that his works, while embedded within specific geographic and historical circumstances, speak to us today in a powerful artistic language that matters as never before.”

    Ring’s paintings capture this changing world, poised between traditional values and modernism. His early Symbolist paintings of people at work in the landscape are quiet and still, meticulously organized, and yet charged with a strong feeling of spirituality.

    “Although Ring lived in Denmark all his life, aspects of his art find parallels in the work of America’s great realists Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Andrew Wyeth,” says Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E.  Lynch Executive Director. “All these artists combined a rigorous precision of design with a sense that deeper meaning lies just beneath the surface. All were keenly interested in how people living at the turn of the 20th century handled the existential challenges arising as a result of the modern world.”

    Presentation of the exhibition at the Nordic Museum in Seattle and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich has been made possible by the generous support of Mary and Greg Moga. Additional support has been provided by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, Queen Margrethe’s and Prince Henrik’s Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Scan|Design Foundation, the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation, Arne V. Schleschs Foundation, Hermod Lannung Museum Foundation, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Meltwater, SAS Cargo, Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, ArcusGruppen, Fritz Hansen, Ilse Jacobsen Hornbæk, International Flight Support ApS, Beck Global Consulting, Embassy of Denmark in Washington D.C., The Consulate General of Denmark in New York, and board and patrons of the AFSMK – American Friends of Statens Museum for Kunst.

    The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from Amica Insurance and a Committee of Honor Co-Chaired by Ellen Flanagan, Simone McEntire, Betsey Ruprecht, Patricia W. Chadwick, and Susan and Torben Weis. Honorary Chair is John L. Loeb Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark. Additional exhibition support is provided by Ambassador Loeb, Sylvia and Leonard Marx, Jr., the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

    Bruce Museum
    1 Museum Drive
    Greenwich, CT 06830-7157

    Phone: 203.869.0376




    • June 09, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 01, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York, NY


    Application Deadline: August 1, 2020

    In 2017, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) initiated a new program to support Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest (defined as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Broadly defined, folk arts are expression of community identity and values. They are cultivated informally among individuals by word of mouth or examples. Whether practicing a traditional craft, art, technical or occupational skill; performing music or dance; or marking important moments of life or the year with special foods or customs, folk arts are deeply rooted in community life and foster human creativity.

    ASF is committed to celebrating and preserving Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden) culture throughout the United States. By supporting folk arts and traditional cultures in the Upper Midwest, in particular, ASF recognizes and celebrates the mastery of individual artists or practitioners, facilitates the cultivation of skills and understanding among younger generations, brings greater visibility to Scandinavian arts and traditions, and highlights the centrality of cultural expression to all of our lives.

    View Application Guidelines

    For more information, please contact grants@amscan.org

    ASF Website

    • June 09, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • September 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York, NY


    Application Deadline: Extended - September 15, 2020

    The American-Scandinavian Foundation annually awards three translation prizes for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written by a Scandinavian author born after 1900.

    Submission Information
    Entry deadline:
    September 15

    The Nadia Christensen Prize includes a $2,500 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

    The Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award, given to an individual whose literature translations from a Nordic language have not previously been published, includes a $2,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

    The Wigeland Prize, given to the best translation by a Norwegian, includes a $2,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

    —Apply Now!


    1. The prizes are for outstanding English translations of poetry, fiction, drama or literary prose originally written in a Nordic language.
    2. If prose, manuscripts must be no longer than 50 pages; if poetry, 25 (Do not exceed these limits). Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced with numbered pages.
    3. Translations must be from the writing of one author, although not necessarily from a single work. Please include a one-paragraph description about the author.
    4. An entry must consist of:
      • One copy of the translation, including a title page and a table of contents for the proposed book of which the manuscript submitted is a part. 
      • One copy of the work(s) in the original language; please send the relevant pages.
      • A CV containing all contact information, including email address, for the translator; and
      • A letter or other document signed by the author, the author’s agent or the author’s estate granting permission for the translation to be entered in this competition and published in Scandinavian Review.
    1. Translator’s names may not appear on any page of their manuscripts, including the title page.
    2. The translation submitted in the competition may not have been previously published in the English language by the submission deadline.
      (If the translation being submitted to this competition is also under consideration by a publisher, you must inform us of the expected publication date.)
    3. Translators may submit one entry only and may not submit the same entry in more than two competitions.
    4. The Translation Prize cannot be won more than three times by the same translator.
    Previous ASF Translation Prize Opening and Winners.pdf


    • June 11, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 11, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Denmark

    HRH PRINCE HENRIK (1934-2018)

    Prince Henrik was born on 11 June 1934 in Talence, Gironde, France. He was the son of Count André de Laborde de Monpezat (d. 1998) and Countess Renée de Monpezat, née Doursennot (d. 2002). Prince Henrik passed away on 13 February 2018.
    Photo: Torben Eskerod


    On 10 June 1967, the Heir Apparent to the Danish throne, Princess Margrethe, married Henri Marie Jean André Count de Laborde de Monpezat, who in connection with the marriage became HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. The wedding ceremony took place in Holmens Kirke (the naval church) and the wedding festivities were held at Fredensborg Palace.


    HRH Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian, born on 26 May 1968 HRH Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian, born on 7 June 1969.

    Educational background

    HRH Prince Henrik spent his first five years in Vietnam, then known as French Indo-China,where his father was in charge of family interests in industrial enterprises, etc. founded by his grandfather at the turn of the century. In 1939, the family returned to the family residence, le Cayrou, in Cahors. Having received instruction at home until 1947, Prince Henrik subsequently studied at the Jesuit boarding school in Bordeaux. In the period 1948-1950, HRH Prince Henrik attended upper secondary school in Cahors. His Royal Highness returned to Hanoi in 1950 and graduated from the French upper secondary school in Hanoi in 1952. In the period 1952- 1957, Prince Henrik studied law and political science at the Sorbonne, Paris, while simultaneously studying Chinese and Vietnamese at École Nationale des Langues Orientales. Having studied Oriental languages in Hong Kong in 1957, Prince Henrik subsequently studied in Saigon in 1958.

    Relations to the Defence

    HRH Prince Henrik performed his military service with the infantry in Algeria in the period 1959-1962. His Royal Highness held the honorary rank of General and Admiral in the Danish Defence.

    Business background

    Prince Henrik had a background in the diplomatic service. In 1962, His Royal Highness worked within the Asia Department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 1963 to 1967, he  was a Secretary to the French Embassy in London. 


    The mother tongue of HRH Prince Henrik is French, but he quickly learned Danish after moving to Denmark. In addition, His Royal Highness spoke English, Chinese and Vietnamese.

    More information:

    Royal House Website

    Royal House Facebook

    • June 11, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 11, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions


    Peter Olsen Hansen (11 June 1818 – 9 August 1895) was the translator of the Book of Mormon into Danish.  Throughout Danish American history,  the State of Utah has had one of the highest concentrations of Danes and those of Danish ancestry.  That is directly due to the work of early Mormon missionaries like Peter Olsen Hansen and his contemporaries.

    Hansen was born in CopenhagenDenmark.  A sailor by trade, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Boston in 1844. After this, Hansen moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. While at Nauvoo. Hansen assisted in building the Nauvoo Temple and, at the request of Brigham Young, worked on the translation of the Book of Mormon into Danish.  Hansen was a Mormon pioneer and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September 1847.

    Hansen accompanied Erastus Snow on the first Latter-day Saint mission to Denmark.  He served on this mission from 1849 to 1855, during which he served as the first editor of the Skandinaviens Stjerne. Hansen later served additional missions in Denmark from 1873 to 1875 and from 1880 to 1882.

    The Mormon missionaries arrived at an opportune time for the propagation of their faith.  The new Danish constitution written in 1849 granted religious liberty and the missionaries to Denmark did not experience the restraints by the state encountered by the missionaries in Norway and Sweden.  Religious life in Denmark also was undergoing upheaval, and people were questioning the ineffective Lutheran Church.  Baptists, Methodists, and religious dissenters appeared on the scene and sowed the seeds of religious debate.  The Mormons, therefore, were protected against government intervention and found an audience attuned to new religious approaches.

    Even though the constitution of Denmark guaranteed religious freedom there were no laws supporting that right.  As a result some religious and political leaders attempted to place restrictions on the Mormons, but they were unsuccessful.  The Mormons also suffered harassment from the populace.  At Aalborg, for example, a crowd of more than 1,000 who had come to witness a Mormon Baptism by immersion in the Limfjord, was antagonized by the Mormon speaker when he told them that their church and clergy were of the devil.  The crowd stoned the Mormons and broke windows in Mormon homes.  More personal violence and property damage took place in small towns, where converts were more easily identified, than in large cities.  In the cities hostility was directed to the religious services by unruly elements who disturbed the services and interfered with the speaker.  But the government would not prohibit the assembly of the Mormons, and after ten years, after the Mormons became more commonplace, harassment declined.  The actual loss in converts is hard to estimate, but as in most other instances, the victims probably gained from the publicity and the attention.   (From: The Danish Americans by George R. Nielsen)

    Hansen died in 1895 at Manti, Utah Territory.

    • June 14, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 14, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions


    Steny Hamilton Hoyer (born June 14, 1939) is an American attorney and politician serving as U.S. Representative for Maryland's 5th congressional district since 1981 and as House Majority Leader since 2019. A Democrat, he was first elected in a special election on May 19, 1981, and is currently serving in his 20th term. The district includes a large swath of rural and suburban territory southeast of Washington, D.C. Hoyer is the dean of the Maryland Congressional delegation and the most senior Democrat in the House.

    Since 2003, Hoyer has been the second ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives behind Nancy Pelosi. He is a two-time House Majority Leader, having previously served in the post from 2007 to 2011 under Speaker Pelosi. During two periods of Republican House control (2003–2007 and 2011–2019), Hoyer served as House Minority Whip, both times under Minority Leader Pelosi. As a result of the 2018 midterm elections, in which the Democrats took control of the House, Hoyer was re-elected Majority Leader in January 2019 on the opening of the 116th Congress, remaining the number two House Democrat behind Speaker Pelosi.

    Hoyer was born in New York City, New York, and grew up in Mitchellville, Maryland, the son of Jean (née Baldwin) and Steen Theilgaard Høyer. His father was Danish and a native of Copenhagen; "Steny" is a variant of his father's name, "Steen". His mother was an American, with Scottish, German, and English ancestry, and a descendant of John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He graduated from Suitland High School in Suitland, Maryland.

    In his early years at the University of Maryland College Park, Congressman Hoyer held a 1.9 grade point average. His attitude towards school and politics changed after hearing a speech from John F. Kennedy prior to his election in 1960. In 1963, he received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in 1966.

    Hoyer has three daughters, Anne, Susan, and Stefany, from his marriage to Judy Pickett Hoyer, who died of cancer in February 1997. In 2012, after Hoyer announced his support of same-sex marriage, his daughter Stefany Hoyer Hemmer came out as a lesbian in an interview with the Washington Blade.

    His wife was an advocate of early childhood education, and child development learning centers in Maryland have been named in her honor ("Judy Centers").  She also suffered from epilepsy, and the Epilepsy Foundation of America sponsors an annual public lecture in her name.  Hoyer, too, has been an advocate for research in this area, and the Epilepsy Foundation presented him in 2002 with their Congressional Leadership Award.

    Hoyer serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Mary's College of Maryland and is a member of the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a nonprofit that supports international elections. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the Center for the Study of Democracy.

    • June 16, 2020
    • (CDT)


    Max Henius (June 16, 1859 – November 15, 1935) was a Danish-American biochemist who specialized in the fermentation processes. Max Henius co-founded the American Academy of Brewing in Chicago.

    Max Henius was born in Aalborg, Denmark. His parents were Polish Jewish immigrants Emilie (née Wasserzug) and Isidor Henius. His father emigrated from Poland in 1837,  and founded De Danske Spritfabrikker, a Danish Distillery which is now part of V&S Group.  Isidor also built a small castle in Aalborg, now called Sohngaardsholm Slot, since 2005 a gourmet restaurant. Max Henius emigrated to the United States in 1881 at the age of 22 from Aalborg, settling in Chicago.

    In Chicago, he married Danish-born Johanne Louise Heiberg, who was the sister of historian Johan Ludvig Heiberg and related to Danish author Peter Andreas Heiberg.  His great-grandchildren are actors Keith CarradineRobert Carradine, Christopher Carradine, and Michael Bowen.

    Together with Robert Wahl, Henius founded an institute for chemical and mechanical analysis. Founded in 1891, the Chicago-based American Brewing Academy (later known as the Wahl-Henius Institute of Fermentology) was one of the premier brewing schools of the pre-prohibition era. This institute was later expanded with a brew master school.

    At the turn of the century Max Henius began to be interested in Danish-American organizations in Chicago. Funds were being raised by Danish Americans to purchase 200 acres (0.81 km2) of heather-covered hills, located in part of Rold Forest (Danish: Rold Skov), Denmark's largest forest. In 1912 Max Henius presented the deed to H.M. King Christian X as a permanent memorial from Danish Americans. Rebild National Park (Danish:Rebild Bakker) is today a Danish national park situated near the town of Skørping in Rebild municipalityRegion Nordjylland in northern JutlandDenmark. Every July 4 since 1912, except for the two world wars, large crowds have gathered in the heather-covered hills of Rebild to celebrate American Independence Day. On the slope north of Rebild, where the residence of Max Henius was once located, a bust is placed in his memory.
    Compiled by World Heritage Encyclopedia™

    • June 23, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 23, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions

    Sankt Hans Aften (Midsummer)

    A Nordic tradition, celebrated on the night before the Midsummer's Day

    Midsummer's Eve or Sankt Hans Aften is a relic of pagan customs, where the shortest day, the winter solstice, and the longest day, the summer solstice, were celebrated. Originally it was believed that midsummer night was filled with magical forces of nature—both bad and good. All herbs and sources were particularly sacred, and it was a tradition to seek sacred springs or picking healing herbs on this night.

    The tradition of burning bonfires came later. Originally they were not associated with Midsummer's Eve celebration, although later some farmers who believed in witches started burning bonfires on this night. A shape that looks like a witch was put in the fire. The purpose of the fire was to scare the witches and evil spirits away, rather than burning them.

    Today the Midsummer's Eve is still celebrated with bonfires, dancing, singing and a traditional speech from someone well known in the community. The celebrations are held all around the country, both in cities and small towns.

    Some of the most vibrant celebrations take place in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, and Skagen. The capital has bonfires at several places, including Tivoli Gardens, Frederiksberg Gardens, Islands Brygge, and more. Likewise, Aarhus offers quite a few locations to celebrate, such as Aarhus University campus, Godsbanen, or Langenæs Church. In Odense, the festivities take place at Engen in the Fruens Bøge forest. At last, the remote Skagen promises an exceptional celebration. Thousands come to the northern tip of Denmark to enjoy traditional songs at the bonfire that lasts here longer than anywhere else in the country.

    • June 28, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 18, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • DANE Archive & Museum - Edison, NJ



    The Danish Home located at 855 New Durham Road, Edison, NJ is a Cultural & Heritage Center housing an archive and museum. 

    DANE offers a museum as well as genealogy research and is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment. Information is available by calling 732- 287-6445, danenj@aol.com or visiting DANE website: http://sites.rootsweb. com/-njdane/. Information about events at the Danish Home available by calling 732-287-9855.

    DANE 2020 Schedule:

    • January – no meeting
    • February - no meeting (no Fastelavn this year)
    • March 15 - Archive Work Day
    • April - no meeting
    • May 17 - Archive Work Day
    • June 28 - Archive Work Day
    • July - no meeting
    • August - no meeting
    • September 20 - Archive Work Day
    • October 18 - Archive Work Day
    • December 5 – Julemarked, 10 AM - 3 PM
    • December TBD – Julefest

    Nordøst is the official publication of DANE – Danish Archive North East.

    It is published a few times a year. DANE is a 501(c)(3) licensed non-profit organization.

    DANE Archive and Museum
    855 New Durham Road
    Edison, NJ 08817

    Telephone - 732-287-9855
    Email - danenj@aol.com
    Web - http://sites.rootsweb.com/~njdane/

    • July 03, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • July 03, 2022
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Rebild National Park near Aalborg, Denmark


    April 8, 2020

    Rebild National Park Society, the Danish-American Friendship Organization founded in 1912, has been closely following the coronavirus developments in Denmark, and it is with great regret that on April 6, together with the rest of Denmark, we received Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's announcement that all of the big summer events and festivals in Denmark have been cancelled or prohibited through the end of August. Of course, we take note of the authorities' announcement, and the Rebild Festival on July 4, 2020 has therefore been cancelled. This also applies to all other planned events in this regard from July 2 – 5, 2020.

    We are very sorry. We had looked forward to the celebration of the 4th of July in the Rebild Hills in Denmark, and the planning was in full swing. The Rebild Festival is a historic and important tradition; a special celebration of the close bonds that exist between Denmark and the United States.

    Despite the cancellation, we are looking ahead, and the focus will now be on the Rebild Festival in 2021 and on developing and strengthening Rebild National Park Society so that we may stand even stronger together.

    The U.S. Rebild Annual Membership Meeting, including pre-tours and post-tours, which originally had been planned for Arizona in 2020, had already been rescheduled for next year – March 2021 – in Tempe, Arizona.

    Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the Rebild Festival and Rebild National Park Society, we need it!

    For updates and to support Rebild National Park Society, please visit www.rebildfesten.dk and www.danishrebildsociety.com.

    Jørgen Bech Madsen, President
    Lars Bisgaard, Secretary General

    Celebration of Danish American Friendship - The annual Rebild Festival at the Rebild National Park near Aalborg, Denmark

    Official Events Schedule to be Announced

    July 3 - Rebild Park events and Gala in Aalborg

    July 4 - Tent Luncheon and Festival in the Rebild Hills

    July 5 - General Membership Meeting



    • August 12, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 12, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions


    Erik Christian Clemmensen (August 12, 1876 – May 21, 1941) was a Danish-American  chemist. He is most commonly associated with the Clemmensen reduction, a method for converting a carbonyl group into a methylene group.

    Clemmensen was born on August 12, 1876 in Odense, Denmark.

    He left school at the age of 15. He signed up to join an expedition on a warship, with the aim of becoming a naval officer, but illness prevented him from achieving this goal. Clemmensen studied at the Copenhagen Polytechnic Institute (now the Technical University of Denmark). He emigrated to the United States in 1900 and worked in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined the pharmaceutical company Parke, Davis & Co in DetroitMichigan. For the invention of the Clemmensen reduction, he received his Ph.D. in 1913 from the University of Copenhagen.

    In 1914, he co-founded the Commonwealth Chemical Corporation in Newark, New York along with H.G. Chapman and Rhea Chittenden, where he developed methods for the manufacture of sodium benzoatevanillin, and coumarin. After a fire in 1929, the company was acquired by Monsanto Chemical Company and moved to St. Louis, Missouri. While working for Monsanto, Clemmensen helped develop the synthesis of the artificial sweetener saccharin. In 1935, he returned to New York City and founded The Clemmensen Chemical Corp.

    He is best known for the reaction that he developed while at Parke, Davis & Co. This reaction involves the reduction of ketones using a zinc amalgam and HCl. It has been employed in the preparation of polycyclic aromatics and aromatics containing linear hydrocarbon side chains, the latter not being obtainable from a Friedel-Crafts alkylation.

    Clemmensen died on May 21, 1941 in Newark, New York.

    • August 19, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danebod Folk School - Tyler, MN


    Danebod Website

    The 2020 Danebod Folk Meeting will be an on-line activity affirming the joy of living through enlightenment. The meeting will feature music, stories and lectures.

    Due to the COVID-19 virus the Danebod campus in Tyler, MN is closed for the summer 2020.

    You are invited to attend the on-line activity planned for August 19-21. We invite you to whip up a batch of kringle, brew a cup of coffee, and join us virtually on Zoom.

    There will be a Zoom tutorial held at 10 AM, Wednesday August 19, 2020.

    View schedule and programming on the website.

    Registration for this event is $150.  The registration form and additional details can be found on the website.  Please submit your registration and payment no later than July 15.

    Link to Registration

    Danebod Folk Meeting

    140 Danebod Court | Tyler, MN 56178 | (507) 247-3000

    danebodlutheran@yahoo.com | rickeann64@gmail.com

    • November 14, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • St Elizabeth's Church - Rockville, MD


    We invite you to join us at the Annual Danish Christmas Bazaar. Enjoy an authentic Danish lunch of open-faced sandwiches and a day of Holiday shopping. You can find Danish Christmas Decorations, Danish Delicatessen, Greenery, Embroidery & Crafts, Danish Pastry & Cookies, Jewelry & China, and much more. 

    Visit the Bazaar page for more information.

    The Royal Danish Embassy
    The Danish Club of Washington D.C.


    Saint Elizabeth's Church
    917 Montrose Road
    Rockville, MD


    The bazaar will be held at Saint Elizabeth's Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland. From I-270, take exit 4A (Montrose Road). Go East on Montrose Road one mile. Saint Elizabeth's Church will be on the left. Parking is free.
    • December 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • DANE Archive & Museum - Edison, NJ


    The Danish Home located at 855 New Durham Road, Edison, NJ is a Cultural & Heritage Center housing an archive and museum. 

    DANE offers a museum as well as genealogy research and is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment. Information is available by calling 732- 287-6445, danenj@aol.com or visiting DANE website: http://sites.rootsweb. com/-njdane/. Information about events at the Danish Home available by calling 732-287-9855.

    DANE 2020 Schedule:

    • January – no meeting
    • February - no meeting (no Fastelavn this year)
    • March 15 - Archive Work Day
    • April - no meeting
    • May 17 - Archive Work Day
    • June 28 - Archive Work Day
    • July - no meeting
    • August - no meeting
    • September 20 - Archive Work Day
    • October 18 - Archive Work Day
    • December 5 – Julemarked, 10 AM - 3 PM
    • December TBD – Julefest

    Nordøst is the official publication of DANE – Danish Archive North East.

    It is published a few times a year. DANE is a 501(c)(3) licensed non-profit organization.

    DANE Archive and Museum
    855 New Durham Road
    Edison, NJ 08817

    Telephone - 732-287-9855
    Email - danenj@aol.com
    Web - http://sites.rootsweb.com/~njdane/

    • December 06, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Russel Acton Folk Center - Berea, KY


    At Russel Acton Folk Center.  Contact Sune Frederiksen for more information 859-248-0690

    Russel Acton Folk Center
    212 W Harrison St
    Berea, KY  40403

    Telephone - (859)248-0690

    • April 22, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 22, 2025
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • This Date in American History - Jonas Bronck


    On April 22, 1642 a peace treaty was signed at Jonas Bronck's homestead between Dutch authorities and the Wecquaesgeek sachems Ranaqua and Tackamuck (native Americans).  This homestead area is now the "Bronx" borough of New York City.  This event is portrayed in a painting by the American artist John Ward Dunsmore (1856–1945)

    The actual birth location of Jonas Bronck has been questioned for some time, but this 2014 article by Sam Roberts in the New York Times claimed that Bronck was born in Savsjo, Sweden in 1600.  That part of the Swedish territory was in fact part of the Kingdom of Denmark under King Christian IV in 1600, so we will call him Danish.  Nevertheless, the article is a good piece of history on how the Bronx borough of New York was established and named.  You'll also meet a few of Bronck's modern descendents...

    "Bronx" New York Times

National Foundation for Danish America
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Wilmette, Illinois 60091

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