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    • January 12, 2021
    • (EST)
    • January 21, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Virtual Event - Scandinavia House, New York

    WE CARRY IT WITHIN US - VIRTUAL FILM SCREENING

    From January 12 through 21, Scandinavia House presents virtual cinema screenings of
     We Carry It Within Us: Fragments of a Shared Colonial Past, a documentary by Helle Stenum investigating collective memory and different perspectives on the shared colonial past between Denmark and U.S. Virgin Islands. The film will premiere in coordination with the virtual panel Race and Colonialism in the Past and Present, featuring the artists Jeanette Ehlers with La Vaughn Belle, who appears in the documentary.

    Purchase Tickets

    Who and what are being remembered, and how is the story of a past told? The colonial history, slavery, and the transatlantic slave trade have often been told in Denmark from a Danish perspective by a model of “Danes telling the narrative about and for (primarily) other Danes.” In Denmark there is a national narrative of being the first country to abolish slave trade in 1792, and that the governor of the islands, Peter von Scholten gave the slaves their freedom in 1848, but how does this shared past look from the perspective of the U.S. Virgin Islands?


    In the documentary, the legacy of slavery and enslavement, the memory of the Danes, the sales of the islands and the relationship to the U.S. are told through recordings which have been conducted on St. Croix, New York and Copenhagen. Other versions of the past are told that differ from the Danish narrative: stories about the emancipation from slavery and names of freedom heroes, who are unknown in Denmark.

    In this film, see and listen to the colonial history told through the memories, experiences and reflections from descendants of former Danish Afro-Caribbeans on the Virgin Islands (the artist La Vaughn Belle, the student Chenoa Lee, the author Tiphanie Yanique and the anthropologist Tami Navarro), along with art and cultural historians who tell about Denmark and Europe’s role in the enslavement and the transatlantic slave trade — and how the colonial history is leaving its mark in today’s words, art, museums, education and wealth as well as in various types of memory and forgetfulness.

    Tickets are $5 and free for ASF Members; a ticket code will be sent out to ASF Members shortly before it begins screening.

    To register for Race and Colonialism in the Past and Present, which will take place on January 12 at 12 PM, please click here.

    • January 24, 2021
    • (CST)
    • NFDA Weekly Email

    WHAT'S HAPPENING IN DANISH AMERICA? - OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

    Subscribe Here for our FREE Sunday Evening E-News delivered to your email.  

    In Our E-News for January 24 -

    Here are some of the News and Events we'll be covering for the week of January 24 - 31

    Danish Home of Chicago Recognized with Prestigious Royal Grant

    US Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands says Farewell

    The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen - presented by the American Scandinavian Association - New York on January 26

    Live From Denmark - Photo Tour with Benedikte Ehlers OlesenChristiansfeld, Åbenrå, Dybbøl, Sønderborg, Gråsten, Flensborg, Gottorp, Lyksborg - January 26

    Christine Hemmingsen - Founder of The Danish Sisterhood - Birthday January 30

    The Danish Pioneer Newspaper - A New Issue


    • January 26, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Virtual Event - American Scandinavian Foundation

    THE COPENHAGEN TRILOGY BY TOVE DITLEVSEN - VIRTUAL PANEL

    American-Scandinavian Foundation invites you to a virtual panel discussion on Tove Ditlevsen’s The Copenhagen Trilogy, in celebration of its publication in English translation by Tiina Nunnally and Michael Favala Goldman beginning January 26. In this event, translator Michael Favala Goldman and authors Morten Høi Jensen (A Difficult Death), Rachel Kushner (The Mars Room), and Ben Lerner (The Topeka School) will discuss this courageous and honest trilogy from literary icon Tove Ditlevsen, a pioneer in the field of genre-bending confessional writing, explores themes of family, sex, motherhood, abortion, addiction, and being an artist.

    Register

    Tove Ditlevsen is today celebrated as one of the most important and unique voices in 20th-century Danish literature. Born in a working-class neighborhood in Copenhagen in 1917, Ditlevsen became famous for her poetry while still a teenager, and went on to write novels, stories and memoirs before committing suicide in 1976. Having been dismissed by the critical establishment in her lifetime as a working-class, female writer, she is now being rediscovered and championed as one of Denmark’s most important modern authors,  and The Copenhagen Trilogy (1969–71) is her acknowledged masterpiece. Ditlevsen’s trilogy is remarkable for its intensity and its immersive depiction of a world of complex female friendships, family and growing up; drawn from her own experiences, it reads like the most compelling kind of fiction, and has been hailed as “admirable and shocking” (Margaret Quamme, Booklist), and “mordant, vibrantly confessional…a masterpiece” (Liz Jensen, The Guardian)



    The panel will take place as a Zoom webinar; please ask questions in the chat or send them in advance to info@amscan.org. Registration is required here or through the link below. The Copenhagen Trilogy is out beginning January 26, 2021 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Learn more about the books and see how to purchase by clicking here.

    • January 26, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 16, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Virtual Event on Zoom

    LIVE FROM DENMARK! Photo Tour with Benedikte Ehlers Olesen

    Many of us have taken tours across Denmark led by Benedikte.  She has taken groups from America all across the country including many of the Danish Islands.

    Free Registration and Zoom Link

    Benedikte has offered to help us through this long Covid winter by presenting a series of photo tours to help us dream of the days ahead when we can travel back to Denmark.  We will present them on Zoom, live from her home in Denmark, and recordings will be available following each show.  In each program, Benedikte will present a different area of Denmark, and a few minutes at the end for Q&A.   The series will begin with "Christmas in Denmark" on December 22.  The entire series schedule is shown here.  All are free, and after you register, you will receive a Zoom link.  The Tuesday programs will begin at 11:00AM Central (Chicago) time...

    December 22 - Christmas in Denmark Recording

    January 5 Læsø, Samsø, Bornholm and Christiansø  Recording

    January 12 - Møn, Lolland, Falster, Fejø, Ærø, Fyn  Recording

    January 19 - København, Rungsted, Helsingør, Fredensborg Recording

    January 26Christiansfeld, Åbenrå, Dybbøl, Sønderborg, Gråsten, Flensborg, Gottorp, Lyksborg 

    February 2 - Fanø, Ribe, Mandø, Rømø, Møgeltønder, Sild, Eiderstedt, Frederiksstad 

    February 9 Ringkøbing, Nørre Vosborg, Hjerlhede, Livø, Glenholm Vingård 

    February 16 -  Jammerbugt, Tannisbugt, Skagen, Sæby 

    February 23 - Rebild, St. Restrup, Aalborg, Ebeltoft, Aarhus 

    March 2 Skanderborg, Ry, Himmelbjerget, Viborg, Hjarbæk, Skive, Kokkedal 

    March 9 Jellinge, Vejle, Kolding, Lillebælt, Bogense 

    March 16 Odense, Tåsinge, Egeskov, Nyborg, Korsør, Roskilde 

    Zoom link will be provided with your free registration!  Register by clicking here:

    Free Registration and Zoom Link

    Program is presented by NFDA and The Danish Pioneer Newspaper



    • February 07, 2021
    • (PST)
    • May 07, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Concert Schedule

    MADS TOLLING - CONCERT SCHEDULE

    Venue & Tickets

    Internationally renowned Danish violinist, composer and two-time Grammy Award-winner Mads Tolling is a former member of the Turtle Island Quartet and The Stanley Clarke Band. He has toured internationally and has released three studio albums: “The Playmaker,” “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty-Live at Yoshi’s,” and “Mads Tolling & The Mads Men — Playing the 60s.” Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Mads Tolling and The Mads Men bring a fun and exciting program that is as nostalgic as it is contemporary, with reimagined classic songs from 1960s television, film, and radio. The repertoire in the music of the mad men era ranges from “Mission Impossible” and “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” to “A Taste of Honey” and “Georgia on my Mind.”

    In addition to his illustrious career as a performer, Mads Tolling is also an active composer and educator, creating work on his original albums and leading masterclasses and workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada as a certified Yamaha clinician.

    Mads Tolling Website

    Mads Tolling Facebook

    • February 11, 2021
    • (PST)
    • September 09, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • California Bay Area - Temporarily on Zoom

    DANISH AMERICAN WOMEN'S CLUB MEETING

    Lunch meeting - 2nd Thursday of Each Month
    Various Bay Area Restaurants 

    Temporarily conducting zoom gatherings during COVID

    Please Join Us!

    For More Info Contact:
    Bente Ellis - Email bentefr@comcast.net

    • February 12, 2021
    • (CST)
    • June 10, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Temporarily on Zoom

    THYRA #9 & VALBORG #1

    Meetings on Zoom Until Further Notice

    2nd Thursday of every month.
    6:30PM Meeting

    20920 Redwood Rd
    Castro Valley, CA  94546

    For More Information including membership, please contact - Grand Secretaries - Tim Heer tim-gs@sbcglobal.net or Natalie Heer natalie-gs@sbcglobal.net.


    Danish Society Website

    • February 14, 2021
    • (CST)
    • February 12, 2023
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions

    FASTELAVN

    The celebration of Fastelavn comes from the Roman Catholic tradition and that's why it takes place on the last Sunday before Lent (usually between the first of February and the seventh of March). But after the Reformation, the holiday became secular. Fastelavn which means 'fast-evening' was first a celebration for adults with different competitions, games and activities, but later became associated with kids.

    What's Fastelavn all about? From The Local DK

    During the festivities, you'll see lots of decoration like colorful air balloons and birch branches with sweets.

    There are two main traditions connected with Fastelavn. The first is eating buns with different fillings like marzipan. They are sold in every bakery during the holiday. The second is that the kids put on costumes and play a game. They have to hit a barrel filled with sweets and presents. The first kid to make a hole in the barrel will be proclaimed the "king or queen of the cats." That is because back in the day there used to be real cats in those barrels and the aim of the custom was to drive the evil spirits away (people used to believe cats are connected to the evil).

    There are different ways to experience Fastelavn in Copenhagen. One of the options is within a local family, a parish or other small communities. The National Museum of Denmark hosts festivities every year, but participants have to sign up for them. Also, Dragør on Amager island south of the capital offers a big celebration featuring a horse procession, flags, and music. In fact, this procession begins on Saturday in Sundby and continues across the island reaching St Magleby on Monday, and finishing in Ullerup on Wednesday. Another Fastelaven procession takes place throughout the weekend in the district of Vanløse.

    Outside of the capital, one of the most outstanding celebrations takes place on Æro island. The traditional songs by kids start at 5 am. Adults also have fun wearing masks and guessing who is who. They take them off only at midnight to finally enjoy a drink together.


    • March 06, 2021
    • (PST)
    • February 05, 2022
    • (PST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Kastania Fælled- Petaluma, CA

    DANISH SOLDIERS CLUB MONTHLY MEETING

    We hope to resume meetings in March 2021.

    Flag ceremony will commence at 12pm, followed by a general membership meeting outside, and with lunch at 1pm.  To comply with the guidance as described in C19-14, the following requirements will be in place:

    • All buildings except restrooms will be closed. Wash your hands before and after!
    • Members will provide their own lunch and beverages. Lunch will not be catered, and the bar will be closed. 
    • Face coverings will be required until seated with your group. 
    • Groups of ten or fewer can sit together at one table. 
    • Picnic tables will be spaced 6 or more feet apart. 

    Normal schedule:

    The Danish Soldiers Club gathers on the first Saturday of every month, at 4560 Kastania Road, Petaluma.

    The Board of Directors meets at 11am.

    The General Membership schedule:
    11am – 12 pm:  Gathering and Fellowship; the bar is open.
    12pm:                  The Flag Ceremony and National Anthems.
    12:15pm:            The General Membership Meeting commences.
    1pm:                    Lunch is served.

    The 2020 schedule:
    December 20:  Julefest at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall (Canceled)

    Kastania Fælled is located at 4560 Kastania Road. Take Hwy 101 to the Kastania Road exit, turn  west, and follow the road. There is a sign that says “No Outlet,” and that’s the one you want. It will turn and head south along the freeway. The Gate is marked by a Danish flag, and our meeting house is at the end of the long dirt driveway.

    Soldiers Club Website


    • March 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Online - New Issue Available

    CHURCH AND LIFE - NEW ISSUE

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    CHURCH AND LIFE: A BRIEF HISTORY

    by Thorvald Hansen

    Church and Life (originally, Kirke og Folk) was begun by the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1952 as an exclusively Danish publication in line with its original purpose which was to serve the Danish readership of the church. Until the 1930s the official church paper had been Kirkelig Samler, but when this had been replaced by the English language publication, Lutheran Tidings, the Danish readers were served by a page called Kirkelig Samler in the Danish language Dannevirke, a privately owned weekly which was unofficially related to the church. When this publication ceased in1951, Danish news of the church was no longer available and this was missed, particularly by older readers. It was to fill this vacuum that the new Danish publication was begun.

    The first issues were distributed gratis to some 750 individuals who might be interested, but within a short time it became a subscription paper with some 1,000 subscribers. It was a 16 page paper issued twice monthly. When the Lutheran Church in America was born in 1963 and Lutheran Tidings ceased publication, some of the readers of that paper became subscribers to Church and Life. Today it has become an exclusively English language publication of 12 to l6 pages (depending on the material available) and is issued monthly. The subscription price is $20 per year. Gifts and memorials make up the shortfall, and the paper continues to function in the black. For its content the paper depends upon the voluntary contributions of a significant number of writers. The December issue is at least twice the normal size for Christmas .

    In 1983 the name was changed to Church and Life. This is not, nor was it intended to be, a translation of the Danish, but rather an indication that the church body out of which it grew was concerned also with this earthly life.

    Throughout its long history the paper has had six full time editors: Holger Strandskov, Paul Wikman, Michael Mikkelsen, Johannes Knudsen, and Thorvald Hansen. The present editor, Joy Ibsen, is the daughter of a former pastor in the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church.
    Currently the paper serves some 460 subscribers as a tie that binds them, not only to one another, but to the religious and social environment with which they have been familiar. This is not an exclusive group, nor are they guided by nostalgia, but one to which any and all who share similar values are more than welcome.


    Reference: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


    • March 27, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

    REBILD VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON ZOOM

    Saturday March 27, 2021 at 11:00am Central (Chicago)

    The Spring Rebild Membership meeting will be held on zoom.  Topics to be discussed will include...

    * New Rebild Board member elections

    * Status of July 4 Rebild Festival in Denmark

    * October 2021 Rebild Membership gathering in Phoenix, Arizona

    The Rebild National Park Society is the Danish/American Friendship Association.  You do not have to be a member of Rebild to participate in Rebild events, although only Rebild members are allowed to vote on issues and elections.  Rebild encourages anyone interested in Danish/American Friendship to attend and participate in Rebild events!

    Watch your email and this website page for the zoom link!

    Rebild July 4 Festival

    Rebild Arizona - October 2021

    • March 28, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 13, 2025
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions

    PALM SUNDAY

    Palm Sunday which is the Sunday before Easter Sunday and the start of Holy Week for Christians is a feast day commemorating Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem on a Donkey (symbolizing peace versus a horse which symbolized war).

    The name Palm Sunday comes from the palm branches the crowd scattered on the ground in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem.

    • April 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 01, 2025
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions

    BODTKER GRANTS - DEADLINE

    Deadline for Submission: April 15

    The Danish American Heritage Society is pleased to offer grants to qualified researchers for study in area of common interest. Bodtker Grants provide stipends of up to $5,000 for students or graduates interested in exploring  topics related to Danish history and heritage in North America. 


    A Bodtker Grant is primarily intended for research and internship at Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska; the Danish American Archive at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa; or the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. At the Board's discretion, proposals involving other Danish cultural and archival institutions may be considered.

    Deadlines: April 15 (Notification: May) or September 15(Notification: October)
    Stipend Amount: Up to $5,000

    Grant Application

    DAHS Website


    • April 04, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 20, 2025
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions

    GOD PÅSKE (EASTER SUNDAY)

    Easter, also called Påske (Danish) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

    Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as "Holy Week", which contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. In Western ChristianityEastertide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the 50th day, Pentecost Sunday. In Eastern Christianity, the season of Pascha begins on Pascha and ends with the coming of the 40th day, the Feast of the Ascension.

    Danish Easter Traditions

    Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the Sun; rather, its date is offset from the date of Passover and is therefore calculated based on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the council. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March. Even if calculated on the basis of the more accurate Gregorian calendar, the date of that full moon sometimes differs from that of the astronomical first full moon after the March equinox.

    Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In most European languages the feast is called by the words for passover in those languages; and in the older English versions of the Bible the term Easter was the term used to translate passover.  Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greetingclipping the church, and decorating Easter eggs (symbols of the empty tomb). The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide.  Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades. There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally.

    • July 03, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • July 05, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Rebild National Park near Aalborg, Denmark

    REBILD FESTIVAL IN DENMARK

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

    Official Detailed 2021 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

    Rebild US

    Rebild - Denmark

    Rebild National Park Society

    We are a Danish-American Friendship organization,
    playing an important part in these areas:

    • Unique 4th of July Festival in Denmark with Royalty and dignitaries from both countries

    • Preservation of Danish culture and heritage in USA

    • Assistance to Danish newcomers with acclimatization and business networking

    • Help and insight into Danish thinking for Americans doing business with Denmark

    • Friend-shipping and socializing

    • Study abroad scholarships to Denmark

    • Professional full color news magazine two times a year plus Rebild E-News.

    • Annual Conference (each year in a different state in the US)

    Ties of Friendship
    It all began more than one hundred years ago in America. A gathering of Danish-Americans came up with a vision ofa special place in Denmark where they could gather once a year to meet with relatives and friends. And symbolically, as a statement confirming that those who had left would not forget where they had come from. Emigration began gradually in the economically difficult years following the Napoleon Wars, when the country was going bankrupt and having lost Norway. it is estimated that as many as 300,000 Danes emigrated in the years up to the First World War. Exact numbers are not possible because, after 1864, Danes from Southern Iylland were registered as German emigrants.

    Their incentive to leave was the dream of finding freedom and a better life. They especially sought out the northern states in the USA, as did other emigrants from the Scandinavian countries, because the climate and land reminded them of what they had left behind. It had an especial attraction for farmers. The western part of the country offered free land, with the provision they would fence the property, cultivate the land, and by the end ofthe first year, have erected a house with a door and window. Normally only the door and windows that were made of wood, the rest of the house was made of sod! It was hard work but worth the effort. For most, it was a good decision.

    But the emigrants never forgot their homeland and early in the twentieth century they purchased land in the old country. In the beginning they flocked to outdoor meetings near Himmelbjeret, as recorded by Ieppe Aakjaer on “Ienle” and Johan Skjoldborg on "Dynaes." These large outdoor gatherings are a popular tradition we have perpetuated through the years. Most of the emigrants had Iyske roots and it was instinctive for them to seek to meet here. The man with the most initiative was Max Henius from Aalborg, and the land eventually selected was the beautiful hilly heather covered ground in the outskirts of Forest of Rold — Rebild Bakker.

    There were more than 10,000 participants at the first Rebild Festival in 1912, and it was estimated that more than 1,000 came from America. Viewed through today's eyes it was impressive. It was expensive and difficult to travel so far — across America by land and the Atlantic Ocean by boat. The King Christian the 10th participated with Queen Alexandrine and accepted the deed for 140 tender land (equal to approximately 1,363 acres) with the requirement: “... that every year on July 4th, America's Independence Day, a "Rebild Festival" would be held in the Hills." Throughout the intervening years the Royal Family have been active in the Festival. We are happy and thankful for that.

    We have been told that the 4th of July celebration in Denmark is the largest outside the USA. We are proud of that. It’s a wonderful tradition that has continued over the past 100 years. It is a testament to the unbreakable friendship that exists between our two nations who share a common appreciation for freedom and democracy. We stand together!

    • September 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 01, 2025
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions

    BODTKER GRANTS - DEADLINE

    Deadline for Submission: September 15

    The Danish American Heritage Society is pleased to offer grants to qualified researchers for study in area of common interest. Bodtker Grants provide stipends of up to $5,000 for students or graduates interested in exploring  topics related to Danish history and heritage in North America. 


    A Bodtker Grant is primarily intended for research and internship at Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska; the Danish American Archive at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa; or the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. At the Board's discretion, proposals involving other Danish cultural and archival institutions may be considered.

    Deadlines: April 15 (Notification: May) or September 15(Notification: October)
    Stipend Amount: Up to $5,000

    Grant Application

    DAHS Website


    • September 09, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 11, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • DoubleTree Hotel - Modesto, CA

    DANISH SOCIETIES OF DANIA & DANNEBROG - 2021 CONVENTION

    DoubleTree Hotel
    1150 9th St
    Modesto, CA. 95354

    The Danish Societies of Dania and Dannebrog of California and Nevada have rescheduled their annual convention for September 9-11, 2021.  The change is due to COVID, and it is hoped that the September dates will be late enough to allow for a safe gathering.  The convention, where Grand Lodge officers and delegates meet to conduct annual business and elect new officers, will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Modesto, California.

        In their December 2020 newsletter, it was stated, “In light of the issues affected by Covid 19, our Annual Dania & Dannebrog Conventions had to be postponed from April 22-24, 2021 to September 9-11, 2021. Both Executive Committees ponder on this topic and felt we were delaying our date well after the benefit of the newly implemented vaccine program will be in place. Hopefully, there will be no need for further delays. Please mark your calendars. Remember our theme will be a Celebration of the American Graffiti, so come prepared for our casual Friday night attired in your 1950-60’s garb. We will keep you posted of any additional changes that may occur. John Scheuber and the Bornholm Convention Committee”.

         Dania Grand President Jana Heer said that the past year has been difficult as most of the lodge meetings have been canceled, as well as the original 2020 convention which had been planned for April.  She said that one lodge has been using Zoom for their meetings.  They’ve also been using telephone conference calls.  Jana holds the distinction as the first female Dania Grand President who has also served as Dannebrog Grand President.

         The shared mission of The Danish Societies of Dania & Dannebrog is stated on their website, “We are a charitable organization that honors and celebrates Danish American heritage.  We raise and maintain funds so that we can comfort the sick and distressed, award scholarships to our youth and supplement our retiree’s pensions.  We meet regularly to network, enjoy Danish customs, and always have a good time. We are looking for new friendships to enrich our club.”

         During normal times, the branches have wonderful monthly gatherings to celebrate their Danish heritage with much “hygge” and great food.  They encourage anyone interested in Danish culture to join them, as they are always looking for new members.  They also maintain a scholarship fund for college students who are members, or children of members.

         California branches are located in San Francisco, Fresno, Salinas, Livermore, Castro Valley, Petaluma, Ferndale, San Jose, Santa Maria, Solvang, and Modesto.  The Nevada branch is in Reno.  Anyone interested in more information, or membership is encouraged to contact the Grand Secretaries - Tim Heer tim-gs@sbcglobal.net or Natalie Heer natalie-gs@sbcglobal.net.

    Danish Societies Website

    • October 31, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 31, 2022
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - PETER LASSEN

    Peter Lassen (31 Oct 1800 - 26 April 1859) born in Farum (Copenhagen), Denmark in 1800, is the namesake for both Lassen County and Lassen Volcanic National Park. He was a blacksmith by trade and characterized the “old pioneer” spirit and explorations of the Wild West. (Historical records differ on his specific birth date.)

    Lassen began his life in America in Boston, moved to Philadelphia and Missouri as he continued westward, eventually reaching Oregon, Fort Ross and Bodega Bay. He traveled south to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento, where he was appointed to a posse to look for horses stolen from Sutter’s Ranch.

    When Lassen arrived at the confluence of the Sacramento River and Deer Creek, he was so impressed with the country side, he obtained the required Mexican citizenship so he could purchase 22,000 acres at Deer Creek. In 1845 he established the Bosuejo Ranch and then returned to Missouri to bring people to live there. The emigrants in his group were the first to cross the Lassen Trail.

    He established Benton City, also known as Lassen Ranch. He built Adobe buildings, a blacksmith shop and a store. Benton City became one of the most important sites in Northern California at the time. It was a residence for Colonel Fremont in 1846, for he and 60 of his men.

    Lassen later sold and divided his property holdings between two men and went prospecting for gold. Lassen found gold in 1855 in Honey Lake Valley and held many leadership positions. One of his many roles was president of the Nataqua Territory and surveyor. He was friends with several Native American tribes. He and his party built a cabin for the winter. The cabin burned down in 1896 and was not replaced.

    Lassen continued to search for additional locations for prospecting. He discovered a silver mine near Black Rock Dessert in Nevada. He organized a scouting party of two groups to meet at Black Rock Canyon. The day after he and his two traveling companions, Edward Clapper and Lemericus Wyatt, arrived at the site in April of 1859, Lassen and Clapper were shot and killed. Speculation remains if the shot was indeed fired by a Native American or a member of his own scouting party. Native Americans are attributed for their deaths on the Lassen Monument. Wyatt escaped being shot and rode 124 miles to Susanville to share the tragic news.

    A scouting party was able to recover Lassen’s body, but not Clapper’s. Area residents erected a monument to Lassen to recognize him for the many good deeds of his lifetime. He is buried under the Ponderosa pine tree he camped his first night in the Honey Lake Valley. The original monument burned in 1917 and was replaced with the current one.

    According to historic documents, Clapper’s body was recovered in May 1990 by rock hunters in the Black Rock Desert. They found a skull and upper body skeleton that was determined to be the remains of Edward Clapper. In May of 1992, his remains were placed at the Lassen Monument located on Wingfield Road, just south of Susanville.

    Lassen County

    High in the northeastern Sierra is Lassen County, where volcanic activity has shaped the landscape. Peter Lassen, a Danish immigrant, came to Oregon in 1839 and later settled in the northern Sacramento Valley. He returned to Missouri and led a 12-wagon emigrant train along “Lassen Emigrant Trail” in 1848 into California. - Wikipedia


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