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    • June 04, 2020
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    • June 25, 2020
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    • Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, IA

    MUSEUM OF DANISH AMERICA UPDATE - JUNE 4

    Sankt Hans Aften

    Celebrate midsummer with us on June 20

    Bonfire

     

    Nearly every culture celebrates the summer solstice in some way. In Denmark, the solstice is tied to the feast of Saint John the Baptist, known in Danish as Sankt Hans. Saint John's Eve/Sankt Hans Aften starts at sunset on June 23, but the Museum of Danish America has traditionally marked the occasion on a Saturday near the date. And although we're not hosting our typical bonfire bash this year, we have plans to move pieces of it online for all to enjoy:

    Beginning Monday, June 15, we'll be adding a daily video to our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Topics, guest hosts, and filming locations will vary, but we anticipate them to be both educational and entertaining.

    However, it simply wouldn't be a proper midsummer celebration without the element of community. Weather permitting, we hope to light and livestream our sunset bonfire in the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park on Saturday, June 20.

    Near? Those in the local area are invited to watch the "real thing" as they are comfortable, being respectful of social distancing efforts. The museum building (and therefore, the restrooms) will remain closed. Feel free to bring your own seating, beverages, and snacks, as they will not be provided.

    Far? Wherever you are, we invite you to light a fire, a tiki torch, a sparkler - just shine the brightest light you can find - on Saturday, June 20, at 9 pm Central. If you happen to take a photo while you're doing it, please share it with us!

    Picnic Season

    Now is the time to dine in the sunshine! Our Design Store stocks accessories that you are sure to treasure.

     

    Travel Cooler

    Corkscrew

    Book

     

    Take two bottles to-go in this Wine Cooler | A pocket-safe Waiter's Tool | Mix it up with help from Camp Cocktails

    Shop online or call to order: (712) 764-7001. Curbside pickup is available. 

    New to the Team

    Diya

    Please help us welcome our newest staff members: Associate Curator of Exhibitions Diya and Genealogy Intern Heather!

    ASSOCIATE CURATOR OF EXHIBITIONS
    My name is Diya Nagaraj, and I am thrilled and honored to join the staff of the Museum of Danish America. The story of immigration is one that is personal to me; therefore, I am excited to learn more about the history of and contributions by Danish immigrants and to have the opportunity to share that story with a broader audience.

    During my time as an undergraduate student in St. Louis, I studied Environmental Policy and Art History and recently completed my Master’s degree in Technical Art History at the University of Glasgow. Having spent time working at The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum during my stay in Scotland, and then as a volunteer for a traveling exhibition in my hometown of Pittsburgh, I am eager to apply my experiences and background to new materials and in a new environment. When I’m not working, I love baking, gardening, going on hikes with my dog, and birdwatching. I look forward to moving to Iowa and getting to know the community at large.

     

    Heather

    GENEALOGY INTERN
    Heather Olsen is a Family History Major at Brigham Young University and has focused her research in the Scandinavian countries. She has taken four semesters of Danish classes to help her to read and understand old Scandinavian records. Heather also enjoys sewing, painting, and spending time with her family. She will be completing her internship "virtually," due to virus precautions taken by her university.

    National Prairie Day

    Plan your route to a prairie for National Prairie Day, Saturday, June 6. The day aims to motivate all who learn about prairie to be inspired to support its conservation, restoration, and enjoyment. Find a public prairie > 

    Limited Availability

    Pavers

    It is important to share that there are now only ninemedium pavers remaining to be engraved. Orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, with the next deadline for orders being September 1. Note: There is no shortage of small pavers still available. 

    NEW FEATURE
    Search for a paver by word or phrases; then view map for its approximate location in the Flag Plaza. 

    Archive at Home

    Photo

    Organizing your personal photographs is a daunting task. Archival Collections Manager Cheyenne gave some helpful tips and tricks on our social media, which you can watch here.

    Stumped?

    Our staff and volunteers are eager to help with your genealogy research!

    Discounted services are a perk of MoDA membership. (The membership status we have on file for this email address is: not active. Please visit our website to join!)

    Let's get started  >

    Islam in Denmark

    Missed our last Virtual Brown Bag Lunch program? You can watch the video of Tova and Dr. Todd Green talking about "Islam and Immigration in Denmark" on our YouTube channel. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to be notified of future programs.

    Live Tour

    Ledger

    Tuesday, June 30 at 2 pm CDT, live on Facebook, Archival Collections Manager Cheyenne will show where the Danish Sisterhood Archive is stored and pull a couple of items to share. She will glady answer questions – either live, or after. This archive is an active project, with approximately a year and a half remaining in its processing.

    Air Time

    Celluloid Scraper 2008

    We recently replaced the last, remaining part of the museum's original HVAC system: the exterior air conditioning unit. It was delivered by semi and moved into place by crane. The project was coordinated and installed by our longtime, trusted HVAC company, Carroll Control Systems.

    Nordic Cuisine Online

    Learn how an Iceland-based chocolate brand, Omnom, has embraced values from the New Nordic Cuisine movement. 

    Kjartan

    Reminder: Hit "Subscribe" on our channel to show your support and be notified of the latest videos.

    New Grant Award 

    The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has announced awards of more than $1.1 million in 173 grants statewide. This includes emergency relief and humanities grants to help Iowa cultural organizations rebound from the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Funding for the grants was made possible by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

    In a partnership between the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Museum of Danish America has received a grant award to offer online programs and develop new digital content. 

    We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to expand outreach and education!

    Virtual Folk Meeting

    The Danebod Folk Meeting Planning Committee has put together a Virtual Folk Meeting for August 19-21. You will need to register for this event and pay a fee to help cover costs. Join the museum in participating in this worthwhile event! Details and registration >

    A Fun Way to Donate

    You can directly support the Museum of Danish America by making a per-mile pledge in a hiking fundraiser by the National Foundation for Danish America. Learn more >seum of Danish America's buildings are closed until further notice, in support of public health goals.

    ...but the prairie is always open, and there are blooms to behold

    Currently Exhibiting (when open)

    KINGS, QUEENS, AND COMMONERS: Portraits from the Permanent Collection Through September 13, 2020

    MIGRANT Through 2020

    DANNEBROG 800 Celebrating the Danish flag's history

    CORE: DANISH ROOTS, AMERICAN DREAMS A giant timeline, a kids zone, a peek at our collection, and much more!

    PLUS: Local History exhibit on view in the Genealogy Center lobby!

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    Looking for more Danish-American events and news from around the country?Subscribe to The Danish Pioneer newspaper. 

     

    • June 05, 2020
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    • June 05, 2024
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    • 5 sessions
    • Denmark

    GRUNDLOVSDAG (CONSTITUTION DAY)

    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

    JESSICA LYNNE

    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)
    • Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, IA

    MAY 26 OPENING FOR DANISH WINDMILL IN ELK HORN

    Your purchase supports the historic 1848 Danish Windmill SHOP ONLINE NOW

    PREPARING TO RE-OPEN THE DANISH WINDMILL

    The Danish Windmill will be re-opening on Tuesday, May 26 

    We will offer curbside pick-up of purchases made online or by phone. 

    We ask that you are respectful of us and your fellow shoppers/visitors by maintaining social distance, wearing masks, touching products minimally and if you are not feeling well, please stay home. 

    Thank you for your support over the past two months. We’re excited to see your (masked) faces again! 

    Initially our hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 12-4 in order to allow time to clean for the next day.

    What to expect

    We want to assure you that we are aggressively responding to protect the health and safety of our visitors. We strongly encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of local public health and healthcare providers.

    Before opening...

    The entire building has been thoroughly cleaned including carpets. Staff is trained on the cleaning procedures including how to wipe down surfaces after every interaction. We’re limiting access to areas and avoiding using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, we will clean and disinfect them before and after use. 

    What to expect— Keeping visitors and staff safe

    Cleaning the facility We will clean AND disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails and doorknobs. 

    Upon your arrival— All staff and volunteers are required to wear face masks covering mouth and nose and we requesting visitors to do the same. 

    If you don’t have a mask, we are offering disposable ones for sale in the gift shop for$2. For every mask purchased, we are donating a medical grade mask to Salem Nursing Home here in Elk Horn.

    All visitors will be asked to “sign in” with a telephone number. Museum staff will actually record the data including visitor name, city, and phone number. 

    Everyone will be asked the following questions: 

    ▪ Have you traveled outside of Iowa in the past 2 weeks? If so, where? 

    ▪ Have you interacted with anyone who has COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks? 

    ▪ Have you yourself recovered from a diagnosed case of COVID-19 in the past month?

    If you choose not to answer the questions, we will remind you that this is for your safety and the safety of others. You will not be denied entrance if you don’t answer the questions, but your name and contact information will be required.

    Practicing good hygiene  We encourage good hygiene practices including regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray that will be available throughout the complex.

    Social distancing guidelines 

    We ask that you honor social distancing guidelines. Our staff has clear instructions to enforce these guidelines if visitors are not following health and safety protocols. 

    Limiting Capacity and Access 

    To manage traffic flow and sanitization processes, capacity will be limited to 25% during the first month and/or during Phase 1. We will monitor entries and exits, evaluate this new process and make modifications if necessary. Since there is the possibility of a second outbreak, things may change and we may have to close again for Staff and Volunteer safety. 

    Museum store

    The Museum gift shop is set up for one-way traffic throughout and there will be floor markings or ropes to define personal space parameters within the building. The maximum number of people in the store at one time will be limited to 25 people.  

    Sneeze guards have been installed to serve as barrier between staff and visitors at the front desk. 

    We ask visitors to refrain from touching items unless you’re acquiring them including brochures in the Welcome Center.  

    Tours

    At this time tours of the Windmill will be very limited due to the age and fragile nature of this very large precious artifact. Additionally because the VikingHjem and Morning Star Chapel are such small spaces for people to gather they will need to be viewed from the outside.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON!!

    NEW! Donate through the 

    PayPal Giving Fund

    You can make a donation to the Danish Windmill through the PayPal Giving Fund. We are listed as Danish Mill Corporation in the Arts & Culture category. Your gift goes to PayPal Giving Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity. PayPal covers all transaction fees. They deliver 100% of your donation to us as your chosen charity. PayPal Giving Fund will issue your donation receipt. They'll share your name and email with us, so we can thank you. Or you can remain anonymous if you choose. 

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

    HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORYTELLING CENTER ONLINE

    SATURDAY MORNING HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORYTELLING GOES VIRTUAL

    A SIXTY FOUR YEAR NEW YORK TRADITION PREVAILS

    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 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Dannebrog, Nebraska

    GRUNDLOVSFEST

    2020 Grundlovsfest is Cancelled

    Velkommen (Welcome) to Dannebrog, the Danish Capital of Nebraska. The first weekend in June, our little village (named after the Danish flag), hosts a weekend celebration honoring its heritage, during which the citizens of Dannebrog commemorate the anniversary of the signing of Denmark’s free constitution in 1849 by King Frederik VII. The word “Grundlov” is from a Danish term meaning “foundation”.

    Telephone (308) 380-1153
    dannebrognews@gmail.com
    https://www.dannebrognebraska.org/contact.php


    • June 07, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    DANISH DAY

    Do to COVID-19, Danish Day 2020 has been canceled.

    Danish Day - 1st Sunday in June.  A celebration of Danish heritage with picnic lunch, music, and social time. Normally held at the Danebo.

    Danish American Center
    3030 West River Parkway South
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Telephone - (612) 729-3800 
    Emaildainfo@dac.mn

    DAC Website

    DAC Facebook

    • June 07, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Armstrong, Iowa

    GLENN HENRIKSEN - DANISH AMERICAN KEYBOARD ENTERTAINER

    Danish American Glenn Henriksen is an accomplished, versatile pianist and organist. He began piano lessons at age seven, and continued through high school. At age thirteen he became the organist at his hometown church. Glenn attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and received further musical instruction. In the years following, he has played for a wide variety of events, including solo piano and organ concerts, church services, weddings, funerals, receptions and other social activities. Glenn’s repertoire includes classical, ragtime, blues and jazz, standards, pop and rock, country, Latin, gospel, and sacred. Glenn is also a seasoned accompanist, providing services to many vocalists and instrumentalists. He is a member of the variety rock band Galaxy. Glenn’s lifetime experience in many musical genres has enabled him to develop a unique musical style, resulting in one-of-a-kind improvised arrangements. Glenn resides in Spirit Lake, Iowa and Armstrong, Iowa.

    Glenn is also very active in promoting the Victor Borge legacy.  He has given many concerts and musical tributes to the great Danish American entertainer.

    You can find Glenn's "at-home" concerts on his Facebook page...

    Glenn Henriksen Facebook

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

    A ROYAL BIRTHDAY - PRINCE JOACHIM

    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.

    Children
    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 American Archive and Library - Blair, NE

    DANISH AMERICAN ARCHIVE AND LIBRARY CLOSED

    April 7, 2020

    The DAAL will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Volunteers continue to work from home, and you can still communicate with us at 402-426-7910 or info@danishamericanarchive.com. Please check out our redesigned website at www.danishamericanarchive.com. 
    We are so proud of the new look and ease of navigation. These will be lean times financially for the DAAL, so please help us out if you are able. This federal tax regulation could make it a little easier to give: Section 2204 of the CARES Act allows individual taxpayers who do not itemize deductions (i.e., those who take the standard deduction) to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions made in taxable years beginning in 2020 to qualifying charitable organizations.
    Please continue to stay safe.

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    April 1, 2020
    Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and several confirmed cases in Blair, the Danish American Archive and Library is closed until at least April 7. We will reevaluate at that time whether to open or remain closed. Volunteers are working from home as much as possible. Additional: You can still reach someone at the DAAL by calling 402-426-7910 during regular business hours.

    Danish American Archive and Library
    1738 Washington St
    Blair, NE  68008

    Telephone - (402) 426-7910
    Email - info@danishamericanarchive.com

    DAAL Website

    DAAL Facebook

    • June 08, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • July 31, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danebod Folk School - Tyler, MN

    VIRTUAL EVENT - 74th ANNUAL DANEBOD FOLK MEETING

    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


    • June 08, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • December 31, 2020
    • (CST)
    • Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, IA

    EXHIBIT - MIGRANT

    CLOSED
    In support of public health goals, the Museum of Danish America and its Genealogy Center are CLOSED to visitors until further notice.

    OPEN
    The Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park is open and available as a community resource. At this time, staff members plan to continue to work, and are reachable by email. A Virtual Tour of the museum is available 24/7.

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    The exhibition Migrant by the Danish Immigration Museum is now open in the Kramme Gallery. Featuring text in both Danish and English and photography by Diana Velasco, the exhibition explores economic migration to and from Denmark with special emphasis on the United States, Argentina, Australia, Romania, and Turkey. 

    Museum of Danish America
    2212 Washington St
    Elk Horn, Iowa 51531

    Telephone - (712) 764-7001
    info@danishmuseum.org
    https://www.danishmuseum.org/


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

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA URGES LOCAL LODGES TO SUSPEND MEETINGS

    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

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

    Danish Sisterhood Website


    • June 08, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • September 13, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, IA

    Exhibit - Kings, Queens, and Commoners: Portraits from the Permanent Collection

    CLOSED
    In support of public health goals, the Museum of Danish America and its Genealogy Center are CLOSED to visitors until further notice.

    OPEN
    The Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park is open and available as a community resource. At this time, staff members plan to continue to work, and are reachable by email. A Virtual Tour of the museum is available 24/7.

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    Extended through September 13

    If you had to choose one image of yourself to last for hundreds of years, what would that portrait look like? In the days before photography, portraits were available only to the most elite members of society: kings, queens, and aristocrats. These powerful individuals were very careful about how they presented themselves - from the clothes they wore, to what they held in their hands, to what might be staged in the background. Today we are more accustomed to informal snapshots. But the power of a good portrait can still convey an individual's personality and tell us something about their life. In this exhibition, enjoy meeting the individuals captured in portraits in the museum's art collection - from the Danish royal family to the diversity of people who contributed to Danish and Danish-American society.

    Museum of Danish America
    2212 Washington St
    Elk Horn, Iowa 51531

    Telephone - (712) 764-7001 
    Emailinfo@danishmuseum.org

    MoDA Website

    MoDA Facebook


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

    VIRTUAL EXHIBIT - ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: MASTERWORKS BY LAURITS ANDERSEN RING FROM SMK - THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF DENMARK (Feb 1-Aug 9)

    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

    https://brucemuseum.org


    Directions


    Hours


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

    ASF FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS FOR FOLK ARTISTS

    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

    ASF TRANSLATION AWARDS

    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!

    Rules

    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

    INFO@AMSCAN.ORG
    SCANDINAVIAHOUSE.ORG
    AMSCAN.ORG

    • June 09, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 30, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    DANISH AMERICAN CENTER TEMPORARILY CLOSED

    March 17, 2020
    To protect the health and safety of our members and guests and to comply with the directions of the Governor and the CDC, the Danish American Center will be closed to all members, individuals, groups or activities beginning Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. Members and groups holding rental contracts should contact the DAC Office via phone or email to request a refund or to renegotiate a new rental time.

    Be safe and follow the guidelines being provided by all levels of government, medical experts, and society. We want to see one another again when this is over.

    June 1 Update - The Danish American Center remains closed due to Covid-19. Our building is near the area in which the tragic death of George Floyd occurred. It is also close to the ensuing protests and riots. Danmark’s Radio recently contacted our organization in hopes of gaining perspective from one of our members. Niels Billund moved from Denmark to Minnesota in the 1980s. He is a nurse and resides in Saint Paul. He has participated in the peaceful protests and has also helped clean up the streets after the overwhelming destruction of local businesses. 

    You can click on the link (Niels Billund - below) for audio and transcript of the interview in Danish. For those that don’t speak Danish, a translation of Niels’ thoughts: “There’s a feeling of insecurity. I mostly fear the armed activist groups that are walking around.” 

    Regarding the initial peaceful protest that he attended: “ There was a lot of anger and many tears. People are unable to comprehend what has happened. People expressed themselves by chanting ‘Say his name George Floyd.’” 

    The many violent protests have affected Niels every day and he doesn’t believe the worst is over yet. “It goes back-and-forth. You think the worst is over but then something worse happens again, just like with the coronavirus. I hope we see change in Minneapolis. People have had enough.”

    Protests have spread all over the United States and even as far as England and Denmark. 

    Niels Billund


    Danish American Center Website

    Danish American Center Facebook


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

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - PETER OLSEN HANSEN

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

    A ROYAL BIRTHDAY -
    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

    Wedding

    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.

    Children

    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. 

    Language

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

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - STENY HOYER

    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)

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - MAX HENIUS

    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 20, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    SANKT HANS AFTEN

    Sankt Hans Aften - Weekend closest to the Summer Solstice. A celebration of the Summer Solstice with a pot luck and large bonfire.


    Danish American Center
    3030 West River Parkway South
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Telephone - (612) 729-3800
    dainfo@dac.mn
    http://www.dac.mn/

    • June 20, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, IA

    SANKT HANS AFTEN - MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL

    Museum of Danish America
    2212 Washington St
    Elk Horn, Iowa 51531


    Telephone - (712) 764-7001
    info@danishmuseum.org
    https://www.danishmuseum.org/

    • June 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 27, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danebod Folk School - Tyler, MN

    DANEBOD FAMILY CAMP

    2020 JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST CAMPS ARE CANCELED.  AUGUST 19-21 FOLK MEETING WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT.

    About the Camps

    Since 1947, Danebod Family Camps have become their own tradition and have grown to include two one-week camps held every summer in June and July. Fellowship extends to everyone who comes to camp welcoming new ideas, experiences, and traditions. Each year the Danebod camp experience grows richer for the participation of all who have come before. People—families, single parents, grandparents, retirees, singles, and young adults and children of all ages—come to share their traditions and gain new life experiences.

    Background

    The Danebod Family Camps (pronounced don ‘ah bo or dan ‘ah bo) have met since 1948 under the leadership of the campers themselves. Each camper is encouraged to become involved in planning and implementing camp activities. The camps are governed by a volunteer board, which is composed of campers elected from each camp session, plus active permanent members.

    Location

    The Danebod Family Camps are held at the Danebod Folk School campus in the southwest Minnesota town of Tyler. Tyler is on US Highway 14, with the Danebod Folk School located one block south of US 14.

    Beginning and Ending

    Camp opens with supper Sunday evening and closes with breakfast Saturday morning. Plan to arrive early Sunday afternoon, in time to unpack and settle in, as activities can begin as early as 4 P.M.

    Daily Activities

    Morning singing
    Morning dancing
    Discussion
    Games
    Crafts
    Tea time
    Swimming
    Evening singing
    Evening activities
    Campfire
    Late evening dancing

    Housing and Food

    Housing is provided in the Folk School Dormitory, which is close to all activities. You may, if you choose, bring you own camper or tent which allows the camp to accommodate more people. All campers must bring their own bed linens, blankets, and towels. Upon request, older children may be assigned to room with other children of the same age and sex. All meals, which include some Danish specialties, are prepared by local cooks, and served in the lower level Dining Hall of the Dormitory building. Cost includes all meals, except for local campers who pay per meal.

    Danebod Website
    • June 22, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    JUNE MEETING

    June meeting of the National Danish-American Genealogical Society

    Researching our Danish ancestors means navigating records written in the Danish language, and frequently we encounter unfamiliar or antiquated terms. Join us to learn some common Danish genealogical terms, abbreviations, and more to help make your research of these records easier and more clear.

    Danish American Center
    3030 West River Parkway South
    Minneapolis, MN 55406


    ndagsmembers@gmail.com
    https://danishgenealogy.org/

    • 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.



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

    REBILD FESTIVAL IN DENMARK

    April 8, 2020
    THERE WILL BE NO REBILD FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER

    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

    http://www.danishrebildsociety.com

    https://www.rebildfesten.dk



    • July 12, 2020
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    • July 18, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danebod Folk School - Tyler, MN

    DANEBOD FAMILY CAMP

    2020 JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST CAMPS ARE CANCELED.  AUGUST 19-21 FOLK MEETING WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT.

    About the Camps

    Since 1947, Danebod Family Camps have become their own tradition and have grown to include two one-week camps held every summer in June and July. Fellowship extends to everyone who comes to camp welcoming new ideas, experiences, and traditions. Each year the Danebod camp experience grows richer for the participation of all who have come before. People—families, single parents, grandparents, retirees, singles, and young adults and children of all ages—come to share their traditions and gain new life experiences.

    Background

    The Danebod Family Camps (pronounced don ‘ah bo or dan ‘ah bo) have met since 1948 under the leadership of the campers themselves. Each camper is encouraged to become involved in planning and implementing camp activities. The camps are governed by a volunteer board, which is composed of campers elected from each camp session, plus active permanent members.

    Location

    The Danebod Family Camps are held at the Danebod Folk School campus in the southwest Minnesota town of Tyler. Tyler is on US Highway 14, with the Danebod Folk School located one block south of US 14.

    Beginning and Ending

    Camp opens with supper Sunday evening and closes with breakfast Saturday morning. Plan to arrive early Sunday afternoon, in time to unpack and settle in, as activities can begin as early as 4 P.M.

    Daily Activities

    Morning singing
    Morning dancing
    Discussion
    Games
    Crafts
    Tea time
    Swimming
    Evening singing
    Evening activities
    Campfire
    Late evening dancing

    Housing and Food

    Housing is provided in the Folk School Dormitory, which is close to all activities. You may, if you choose, bring you own camper or tent which allows the camp to accommodate more people. All campers must bring their own bed linens, blankets, and towels. Upon request, older children may be assigned to room with other children of the same age and sex. All meals, which include some Danish specialties, are prepared by local cooks, and served in the lower level Dining Hall of the Dormitory building. Cost includes all meals, except for local campers who pay per meal.

    Danebod Website
    • July 15, 2020
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    • July 19, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Viborg, South Dakota

    DANISH DAYS IN VIBORG, SOUTH DAKOTA

    Be a Viking!

    Welcome to Danish Days

    Danish Days in Viborg has a long and rich history dating back to Viborg’s earliest days. Danish Days was originally celebrated on June 5th to coincide with Denmark’s independence day. Due to scheduling conflicts, the celebration has been moved to the third weekend in July. Although the dates have changed, the spirit has remained the same. We still host many of the same events that our founding fathers did such as a parade, community worship services, ball tournaments and dances to name few. We invite you to search our site, e-mail us with questions and feel free to leave any comments, but most of all, come visit us in Viborg and be a “Dane for a Day!”

    Mange Tak!

    Danish Days Website

    Danish Days Facebook

    Email - http://danishdays.org/contact-a-viking/

    • July 23, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Concerts in the Park - Cody, WY

    JESSICA LYNNE

    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.
    • July 27, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • July 31, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Skovsøen Language Camp - Bemidji, MN

    DANISH LANGUAGE VILLAGE - CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES


    Concordia Language Villages Go Virtual

    Learning Danish at Skovsøen, our Danish language immersion program, will be an experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Participants will be fully immersed in creative and fun ways in small groups - virtual interaction enabling villagers to also live the language at home and in their own communities. Learn the language and culture of Denmark in a Virtual Village with real language, real culture and real people. 

    Virtual Village Dates

    July 27-31. Open to youth ages 8-18

    More Information, Rates and Registration

    Facebook

    • July 27, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    JULY MEETING

    Meeting of the National Danish-American Genealogical Society

    Danishfamilysearch.com is an amazing website for accessing Danish vital records, maps, military rolls, images of original documents and much more but many people aren't familiar with it. (Not to be confused with the LDS FamilySearch.com; these are completely different websites)

    Join us as Speaker Heather Nelsen-Mullen explains the features of the website, tips for navigating it, and even time for live search demos.

    Danish American Center
    3030 West River Parkway South
    Minneapolis, MN 55406


    ndagsmembers@gmail.com
    https://danishgenealogy.org/

    • August 02, 2020
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    • August 08, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danebod Folk School - Tyler, MN

    DANEBOD FOLK CAMP

    2020 JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST CAMPS ARE CANCELED.  AUGUST 19-21 FOLK MEETING WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT.


    Danebod Folk Camp:
    August 2- August 8, 2020

    Danebod Folk School
    140 Danebod Ct
    Tyler, MN 56178

    Telephone - 507-247-5341

    View The Danebod Folk School campus in a larger map

    We are so lucky to have Linda Jacobson and Jessica Peterson as our camp directors next August! Camp registration will begin in Spring 2020.

    Danebod Folk Camp takes place during the first  week of August every year at the Danebod Folk School campus in friendly Tyler, Minnesota. Campers of all ages come for a week of dancing, singing, crafting, discussing, relaxing, chatting, playing, napping, laughing, coffee sipping, hanging out, and being together. Learn more about  Danebod here.

    DFC on Facebook

    Danebod Folk Camp has a Facebook group – join us there to find current news and other miscellaneous fun people are sharing. Currently it’s a closed group, so ask to join and the group’s admins will add you.

    Support DFC

    Your gifts of money, time, goods and talent are the best investment you can make in Danebod Folk Camp’s future. With people like you lending your strength and support, that future will be a bright one! Here’s more about how to lend your support.

    Danebod Folk Camp is a 501(c)3 nonprofit,  so you can claim a tax deduction for your charitable donation to DFC. Tax laws and guidelines apply.


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

    VIRTUAL EVENT - 74th ANNUAL DANEBOD FOLK MEETING

    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


    • September 20, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • May 16, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    ÆBLESKIVER BREAKFAST

    DAC is hoping to resume Æbleskiver Breakfasts in September 2020

    A Danish breakfast featuring æbleskiver and other Danish breakfast treats at DAC.

    Danish American Center
    3030 West River Parkway South
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Telephone - (612) 729-3800 
    Email -  dainfo@dac.mn

    DAC Website

    DAC Facebook

    • September 25, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • April 30, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    FYR AFTEN

    In light of the current situation in our country, the Danish American Center has cancelled or postponed several events that were planned for the next few weeks.

    If you are planning to attend any activities at the Danish American Center, we encourage you to contact someone in the event's leadership for the status of the activity or meeting. 
    Hyggeaften is still uncertain. If you plan to come for that, please RSVP to the DAC office by Wednesday and leave a phone number so the planners can contact you easily if they cancel. 
    Precaution is critical at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

    --------------------

    On the last Friday of the traditional school year months, a group of men at the Danish American Center (DAC) gather for food, drink, rich conversation and hygge. The tradition 

    began about 10 years ago and has continued with just a brief hiatus. The name for the group came from Michael Petersen’s memory of his Farfar. “My Farfar used to always say/declare in his thick vestjysk dialect, ‘nu holder jeg fyraften” when he felt it was quitting time. So that’s where I came up with the name that I suggested to the rest of the guys...Fyr Aften has two meanings (depending on whether or not the two words are combined), ‘quitting time’ and ‘guys night’, and I like that play on words. It’s since become a Friday evening that we all look forward to. We’ve grown close and now know each other personally. The next generation needs to grow closer to give the DAC continuity and to keep the culture and ultimately the language alive.”

    All men who are 18 and older and members of the DAC are welcome. The average age of those regularly attending is about 52. All have some tie to Danish culture. They are either Danes by birth, married to a Dane, have gone to school in Denmark, have Danish heritage, or just have a love of the culture and traditions and wish to be a part of continuing them. Speaking Danish is not a requirement, but roughly half of the group does.

    For more information or to attend, contact Michael Petersen at hjemdemiguel@yahoo.com. Reservations are needed two or three days in advance.

    Danish American Center
    3030 West River Parkway South
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Telephone - (612) 729-3800
    Emaildainfo@dac.mn 
    DAC Website

    DAC Facebook

    • September 26, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Simpson Park - Valley Park, MO

    THe Annual Scandinavian Picnic

    Scandinavians,

    Please pass this information on to your members for advance planning purposes.

    Location: Simpson Park - Simpson Park - Shelter - Blue Heron Shelter, Valley Park Missouri.

    Date: Sat 09/26/20, 1 - 5 PM, or dusk!

    I checked out six other facilities that did not quite meet our requirements. Hopefully, the Blue Heron Shelter will have electricity restored by September, otherwise we will all have to drink Glögg & eat Lutefisk, instead of coffee and graved laks!

    We Danes are in charge this year. Let us know of any innovative ideas you have to make this a great success!

    The Danish Club of St Louis
    St. Louis, MO

    Email - erik@kunstdesigns.com

    • September 28, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    GROUP SHARING

    Join us to network with others interested in Danish genealogy. Share your successes, road blocks, questions, or just come to learn some new ideas and meet  great folks.

    Danish American Center
    3030 West River Parkway
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Telephone - (612) 729-3800
    ndagsmembers@gmail.com
    https://danishgenealogy.org


    • September 30, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 03, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Norsk Høstfest - Minot, North Dakota

    2020 NORSK HØSTFEST CANCELED

    Høstfest Website

    The Norsk Høstfest Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 festival. This step has been taken due to uncertainty over the COVID-19 virus and its global impact, both now and in the fall.  The health and safety of guests, volunteers, and performers is our utmost priority.  Norsk Høstfest will be back in 2021.
     
    Høstfest has operated for 42 consecutive years up until the difficult and painful decision was made to cancel this year's event.
     
    Some may believe the decision is premature; however, Norsk Høstfest is a year-long effort that depends on early ticket sales and extensive planning that is well underway. Given the current disruption in regular activity, we are unable to fully staff and execute our sales efforts now. We have no answers to what might be the situation in September. In response, we have chosen to follow the path of minimizing risk to all involved.
     
    Norsk Høstfest is an international event with attendees, vendors, entertainers, and chefs coming from all corners of the US, Canada, and Scandinavia. It relies on volunteers and visitors from an older-than-average demographic, labeled currently by CDC as a higher risk from COVID-19.  Because the event requires the mobilization of volunteers on a year-long basis, the Board of Directors deemed it prudent to cancel the 2020 festival.
     
    It is a heartbreaking decision, and we are aware that this will impact our fans, guests, tours, volunteers, entertainers, sponsors, hotels, chefs, international partners, donors, the City of Minot, and the State of North Dakota.
     
    For those who have purchased tickets, refunds will be forthcoming. Please keep watching hostfest.com for more news as we navigate our course of action.
     
    We appreciate your support and understanding. The staff is excited to begin working immediately on the 2021 Høstfest. Volunteers, sponsors, and fans are welcomed to join in this effort. We will see everyone in 2021.
    • October 02, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • December 31, 2020
    • (CST)
    • Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, IA

    EXHIBIT - ART NOUVEAU INNOVATION: DANISH PORCELAIN FROM AN AMERICAN COLLECTION (Opening October 2, 2020)

    Danish porcelain factories at the turn of the 20th century combined artistry and technological innovation at an unprecedented level of excellence. Both Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grøndahl explored new forms, new techniques, and new artistic influences. Like many artists of the Art Nouveau period, the designers and painters of Danish porcelain reflected an interest in the natural world and cultures from around the globe.

    This exhibition brings together a wide variety of beautiful, original works from the 1880s through the 1920s. All meticulously researched, many pieces in this exhibition were first unveiled at international expositions and World’s Fairs. All pieces are from a private collection assembled through two generations.

    Presented in the Main Floor Gallery and sponsored by The Danish Home of Croton-on-Hudson and the Albert Victor Ravenholt Fund.

    Museum of Danish America
    2212 Washington St
    Elk Horn, Iowa 51531

    Telephone - (712) 764-7001 
    Emailinfo@danishmuseum.org

    MoDA Website

    MoDA Facebook


    • October 03, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Blair, Nebraska

    2020 DANA COLLEGE HOMECOMING

    HOMECOMING 2020

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020

    ~ SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ~

    9:00 a.m.            Homecoming Registration Open 

    9 – 11:00 a.m.    Kringle & Mingle (Danish American Archive & Library, 1739 Washington St.)

    9 a.m. –  4 p.m.  Bookstore Open

    11:15 a.m. – 12  Dana College Alumni Choir Practice & Mingle, First Lutheran Church

    12 – 1:00 p.m.    Dana College Tailgate Lunch, Gardner Hawks Atrium

    1:30 p.m.            Homecoming Ceremonies, Gardner Hawks Gym 

    -  Campus Development Update

    -  Outstanding Young Alumni Induction

    -  Distinguished Alumni Induction

                                    -  Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

                                    -  Dana College Alumni Choir Performance

    2:30 - 4:00 p.m.  All-Class Alumni Cocktail Reception, Gardner Hawks Atrium

    6:00 p.m.            Class Reunions @ Corner Retreat - Classes of '85, '90, '95, '2000, '05, and '10

    6:00 p.m.            Class Reunions @ Blair Marina - Classes of '55, '60, '65, '70, '75, and '80   

                                  Blair Marina - Please call ahead for dinner reservations:   402.426.9940

    • October 26, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    OCTOBER MEETING

    Meeting of the National Danish-American Genealogical Society

    Danish American Center
    3030 West River Parkway South
    Minneapolis, MN 55406


    ndagsmembers@gmail.com
    https://danishgenealogy.org/

    • November 23, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN

    RUNE STONES AND RUNIC SUBSCRIPTIONS

    What are runes? What does runic  writing teach us about our Scandinavian ancestry? This presentation will  provide an overview of the thousands of runestones existing today,  primarily in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, but some in North America. 

    Speaker Loraine Jensen is the President and founder of the  American Association for Runic Studies (AARS), a nonprofit organization promoting scholarly research on runes and  runic inscriptions.

    AARS website: www.runicstudies.org

    Danish American Center
    3030 West River Parkway
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Telephone - (612) 729-3800
    ndagsmembers@gmail.com
    https://danishgenealogy.org



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