This virtual exhibition reunites a creative group of artists that participated in “The Art of Dress” exhibition in 2019. Now these artists tackle the role of the face mask as a form of art and self-expression. Hand-dyed fabrics, various styles, a range of techniques, and conceptual thinking are employed in these one-of-a-kind functional objects.
View The Exhibit
Elverhøj Museum of History and Art
1624 Elverhoy Way
Solvang, CA 93463
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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 None of these had amendments but each was superseded by the one following.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.
DANISH SOLDIERS CLUB - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
May 26 Update -
June socials will slowly open up in Los Angeles.
Here in So. Cal. we are still waiting for the LA County health Department to open up for Get-Togethers.
But it looks like that Church services and meetings in June, might be allowed, as long as the 6 ft. spacing is followed. Hopefully this means, that Naver-Dalen can open the outside picnic area for controlled club events.
It has now been 3 months since all the Danish Clubs and the Danish Church, have been open for socializing with friends and family. Important events like the traditional Danish Grundlovsfest has been cancelled.
Singing our dear old songs might not be allowed, unless a face mask is covering your mouth, as the concern is, that singing, spreads droplets from your mouth, and could cause Covid-19 trouble.
The following Danish Clubs might be able, to have a limited outside social picnic in June, with a 6 ft. spacing.
The Danish Soldiers Club, The LA Naver Club, The Danish Brotherhood and the Danish Frokost Club.
Of course, if you are concerned about the Virus, you should stay home.
Below 2019 photo of the LA Naver picnic area.
Always meets first Friday of the month
Lunch and Meeting
616 Norumbega Road
Monrovia, CA. 91016
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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.
SOLVANG RESTAURANTS BEGIN TO RE-OPEN
Restaurants You Can Support TODAY!
Solvang is looking forward to reopening and welcoming visitors back in the coming months. Until then, many restaurants are now open! Here’s a list of local restaurants open for dine-in or takeout:
DINE-IN AND TAKEOUT
Dine-in and takeout
SANTA YNEZ CAFÉ
SUCCULENT CAFÉ WINE CHARCUTERIE
ALY'S BY ALEBRU
THE BIG BOPPER
Takeout and deliveries
BIRKHOLM'S BAKERY & CAFE
COPENHAGEN SAUSAGE GARDEN
Takeout and curbside pickup
FIRST AND OAK
GOOD SEED COFFEE BOUTIQUE
MORTENSEN'S DANISH BAKERY
OLSEN'S DANISH VILLAGE BAKERY
SILK ROAD'S KITCHEN
CASA CASSARA WINERY & VINEYARD
Curbside sales and order pickup
DANA VOLK WINES
GOOD LIFE CELLAR
Curbside pickup and delivery
LIONS PEAK VINEYARDS
LUCAS & LEWELLEN VINEYARD
THE SANGER FAMILY OF WINES
Opening June 6
CALL THE RESTAURANT OR VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BUSINESSES THAT WILL BE OPENING SOON
Velkommen til Solvang in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country.
Contact us online here.
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
2020 Grundlovsfest is Cancelled
Scholarship Winners will be announced by the Danish National Committee of Southern California
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A ROYAL BIRTHDAY - PRINCE JOACHIM
HRH Prince JoachimPhoto 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
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.
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.
Prince Joachim was christened in the Århus Cathedral on 15 July 1969 and confirmed in the Chapel of Fredensborg Castle on 10 June 1982.
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11:00AM SUNDAY SERVICE LIVESTREAM
We are NOT canceling our Sunday Service at 11 am - we are LIVE streaming the service at 11 am.
So, please do not come to church, but stay at home and enjoy the live streamed service on our Facebook Page.
Message from the Church Council and Pastor regarding Coronavirus Precaution
May 31 - 11:00AM Virtual Pentecost/Pinse Service
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HOUSE OF DENMARK IN SAN DIEGO - UPDATE
Update May 16 - House of Denmark is planning on celebrating Sankt Hans on June 20th this year. We hope that we can have our annual Sankt Hans celebration as usual, but of course it will depend on the regulations and recommendations at that time. Therefore, be aware of further information coming out soon. If we are allowed to gather together on the beach, we will of course send out an official invitation out both here and via e-mail.
If the beaches open up for gatherings, we hope that you will join us on the beach for a picnic, hygge, snobrød and songs and to see the witch fly off to Bloksbjerg Saturday, June 20th, at 5:00-9:00 p.m. at East Mission Bay.
Update March 27 - House of Denmark will not be open until at least May 15th, and therefore, no hosting is needed.
Lawn programs will not be required until June 6th. In May the board will meet to discuss the situation again.
Ethnic Food Fair (scheduled for May 24th) will not be held this year.
We appreciate your understanding.
March 17 -
Regarding the current situation it has been decided among the board members to officially cancel our hosting and events up to and including the first week in April. This means that the cottage will be closed up to and including the first week in April.
This also means that the New Member Event, that was suppose to happen next Saturday March 21, is postponed until some time in the future.
After the first week of April, we hope that we can re-open the cottage again as usual - please consider to offer your help with hosting, if you are available. If anything changes, we will of course let everyone know.
We are sorry about this, but we feel that this is the right step to take right now. If you are having any questions, please feel free to contact any of the board members.
House of Denmark Website
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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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THE DANISH BROTHERHOOD - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Meeting and Lunch. Meets 2nd Monday monthly. No meeting-July & August.
President: Richard Rowse phone: 626-446-8125
Contact: Secretary: Connie Hanson : 626-688-9120
Treasurer: Melissa Lay: 805-433-2241
The Danish Brotherhood In America was formed in 1882, with headquarters in Omaha, and was designed as an insurance firm for Danish immigrants. It is now a mostly social club with lodges all over the nation, loosely tied to a larger fraternal organization which does provide insurance for those who wish. The Los Angeles Lodge was formed in 1899 and celebrated its 114th anniversary in October, 2013. The Lodge publishes a monthly newsletter to which anyone can subscribe for $15 per year. You can belong to a Danish organization with membership costing $15 per year. Our lodge meets monthly, mostly on the second Tuesday at 11:30 am. We have a short business meeting, then lunch and refreshments. Yes, we do speak English mostly. You don't have to be Danish to join. Anyone with an interest in things Danish is welcome.
616 Norumbega Rd
Monrovia, CA 91016
Email - Connie Hanson
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.
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.
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 Copenhagen, Denmark. 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.
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
On 10 June 1967, the Heir Apparent to the Danish throne, Princess Margrethe, married Henri Marie Jean André Count de Laborde de Monpezat, who in connection with the marriage became HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. The wedding ceremony took place in Holmens Kirke (the naval church) and the wedding festivities were held at Fredensborg Palace.
HRH Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian, born on 26 May 1968 HRH Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian, born on 7 June 1969.
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.
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.
Prince Henrik had a background in the diplomatic service. In 1962, His Royal Highness worked within the Asia Department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 1963 to 1967, he was a Secretary to the French Embassy in London.
The mother tongue of HRH Prince Henrik is French, but he quickly learned Danish after moving to Denmark. In addition, His Royal Highness spoke English, Chinese and Vietnamese.
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Naverne is an old organization for well-traveled journeymen from Scandinavia, with clubs in many countries, also in the USA and Canada. The website has moved to: www.Naverne-CUK.dk. The site is now located at: www.naverne.com/web - but you can go directly to the LA website by using: Click on USA, Los Angeles home page for more information and a contact person. We meet every 2ndFriday of the month at 5:30 pm, in our Club House in Monrovia.The Naverettes is an associated ladies organization, meeting 2ndWednesday every month, ask for Bodil Olsen.
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The Los Angeles Naver Club
616 Norumbega Road
Monrovia, CA 91016
Telephone - Arne Olsen 949-456-3711
Naver Club Site on NFDA
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.
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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 Carradine, Robert 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 municipality, Region Nordjylland in northern Jutland, Denmark. 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.
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KCLU News Director Lance Orozco spoke with Museum Assistant Director/Exhibit Curator, Jody Williams, and participating artist, Georganne Alex, about the inspiration behind the show and what listeners will find when they view the virtual exhibit.
Click here to listen to interview
View The Art of Face Masks Exhibit
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3rd @ 4PM
Kicking off our artist interview series is Georganne Alex who utilizes upcycled kimonos and hand-dyed fabrics. Alex will talk about her process and be available for questions.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17th @ 4PM
Kelly-Ramirez will explain the symbolism behind the charms, talk about her full line of face masks and answer viewer questions.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th @ 4PM
Livingston is a conceptual artist who combines multiple elements in her “Coronatime Mask Series.” This is a great opportunity to hear about the deeper complexities behind her photographic series.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1st @ 4PM
Owens will illustrate the indigo dye
process and answer questions about her work.
To watch Instagram Live go to Elverhoj's page, @elverhojmuseum, and click on profile picture in upper left corner. It will be lit up and have a little button saying "LIVE."
Can't tune in at 4pm? Watch anytime on our IGTV channel
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Interviews will be available the following day at
SANKT HANS AFTEN
House of Denmark is planning on celebrating Sankt Hans on June 20th this year. We hope that we can have our annual Sankt Hans celebration as usual, but of course it will depend on the regulations and recommendations at that time. Therefore, be aware of further information coming out soon. If we are allowed to gather together on the beach, we will of course send out an official invitation out both here and via e-mail.
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.
Sankt Hans Aften at the Danish Church Cultural Center
Sponsored by the Danish American Club of Orange County
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THE DANISH SUMMERCAMP
JUNE 28 – JULY 1 2020
H.C. ANDERSEN & HIS FAIRY TALES.
We invite you to sign up for the Danish Summer Camp 2020. It will be a fun camp filled with Fairy Tales, wonderful stories, happy endings, delicious banquets and old castles.
If you have a favorite H.C. Andersen’s book or t/shirt or any other H.C. Andersen’s treasurer – please bring it for our HCA display.
Sunday June 28 at 11 am:
Short Midsummer Service followed by BBQ on the patio.
Lodging and settling in for Danish Fairy tales Days.
Monday June 29 – Wednesday July 1:
Morning song, fairytales, history, design. Crafts and art. Snobrød, Danish food, splashing swimming pool and games.
Wednesday July 1 at 6 pm:
Fairytale Dinner for campers and families. Entertainment and fun.
Fee: $ 185 pr. camper - children age 5 – 13
$ 190 pr. camper - on line payment
Youth counselors age 14 – and up.
Please contact pastor Anne-Grethe.
Registration/payment form attached or contact pastor.
New Weekly Series!
In light of our current Rembrandt exhibition being temporarily unavailable for viewing, each week we will explore works by this master artist to share with you, our members and community.
FIRST STOP: Southern California
Rembrandt in Southern California
Long before COVID-19 shut down life as we know it, this online exhibition highlighting pieces from five distinguished museums in Southern California was in production. Art from the Hammer Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles; the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena; and the Timken Museum of Art in San Diego are all included with many additional resources and works available on their individual websites.
The majority of pieces in this exhibit are portraiture, which is what Rembrandt was most famous for and provided most of his income. The two portraits below share many similarities which we will explore along with their differences.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon vin Rijn (1606-1669) made a career out of portraits commissioned by Amsterdam's urban elite. His almost photographic ability to capture his sitter brought great acclaim to the talented artist.
Both portraits are from early in Rembrandt's career when he first moved to Amsterdam and was establishing his reputation and marketing himself to society, similar to modern day photographers shooting family portraits and senior pictures. The etching shows Rembrandt's talented use of line detail while the painting displays his incredible mastering of chiaroscuro.
The subjects in the two portraits are officially "undetermined," with historians posing various hypotheses. Regardless of their identities, both of these works exhibit popular modes of portraiture in 17th century Amsterdam along with physical attributes (beards) and fashion (wide-brimmed hats) indicative of the time. The man's collar on the right signals his Mennonite religion, whereas the subject on the left is wearing typical Dutch middle-class apparel.
The skill he displays in these pieces surely went on to bring him many more commissions and ultimately aid in his becoming one of the greatest artists in history.
We hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into Rembrandt's work and encourage you to check out the complete online exhibition HERE.
Next week's stop: St. Petersburg, Russia
The Elverhoj Team
Second Stop: St. Petersburg, Russia
State Hermitage Museum Website
Today's journey takes us to The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is one of the largest museums in the world and boasts over 3 million exhibits. Its foundation dates back to 1764, when Catherine the Great purchased an extensive collection of Western European paintings. It is now home to the world's best collection of Dutch Baroque artwork including the star of our show: Rembrandt vin Rijn. There is an entire hall named The Rembrandt Room dedicated to the artist. Dozens of paintings by Rembrandt and his pupils adorn the walls salon style. The most monumental piece on display - Sacrifice of Isaac - is the subject of our journey today.
This scene is one of the most iconic moments in biblical history and speaks to the viewer on a very human level. God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his son to prove his faith, only to send an angel to stop him at the last minute. The greatest test of faith comes with the ultimate emotional challenge.
These two works are separated by twenty years during which Rembrandt experienced life-changing events. The painting predates Rembrandt becoming a father, yet his rendering of the scene is more dramatic, with the angel suspended from the heavens and Isaac laid helpless on the ground, hands bound behind his back. In both works, Abraham shields his son's eyes.
Rembrandt's son, Titus, is thought to be the model used for the angel in the etching. Abraham’s face conveys tormented emotion and a sense of surprise at the sudden arrival of the angel who encircles him and grasps his arms. Abraham's eyes are darkened, symbolizing blind faith.
Interestingly, although Rembrandt achieved success and fame in his lifetime, the artist went bankrupt and was forced to sell of most of his work and belongings just one year after the etching was completed.
These two works are evidence as to why Rembrandt was called "one of the great prophets of civilization." His abilities to convey emotion and inspire empathy for the human condition are just as powerful today as they were in the 17th century.
Next week's stop: Cleveland, Ohio
The Winter Palace is the main building out of the five historic structures that house the museum's collection. Due to COVID-19 The State Hermitage Museum is temporarily closed. Visit their website to explore their extensive collection and take a virtual tour.
Third Stop: Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever” and has remained free admission since opening in June 1916. Housing over 61,000 works of art and welcoming approximately 770,000 visitors annually, the museum strives to be a place of inspiration and inclusivity. The collection includes Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Woman, part of a small acquisition of Dutch Baroque paintings.
Our journey this week explores the role of bobbin lace as a status symbol in portraiture, as is depicted in many of Rembrandt’s works. During the 17th century Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam’s trade, science, military and art enjoyed a time of great prosperity. Access to luxury goods was plentiful and the lace industry was at its peak. Along with jewels, lace was a primary indicator of wealth in society.
In this portrait, Rembrandt’s subject wears an intricate double lace collar with multi-sized scalloped edges. The subject’s dark dress and background show off the lace beautifully, focusing the viewer’s attention on the intended signs of wealth and prosperity. Pearls and gold brooches also represent the sitter’s economic status.
Extensive restoration and cleaning of this work leads scholars to believe Rembrandt's pupils finished the lace detail after the subject departed. During this time Rembrandt was in high demand and very busy with commissions. He would have done the composition, including the complex layered flesh tones of her face, and passed on finishing touches to students – a common practice in the art world.
Visit the Cleveland museum website to learn about their collection.
Lace making has been practiced for centuries in Denmark. At Elverhøj, there is a small bobbin lace exhibit and live demonstrations most Sundays. Our dear volunteer Clara shares this intricate craft with visitors, even offering those interested the opportunity to try their hand at lace making.
We look forward to welcoming our docents and visitors back as soon as it's safe. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this virtual tour around the world.
Next stop: Amsterdam, Holland
The Elverhoj Team
Fourth Stop: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rijksmuseum At Home
During our Rembrandt Virtual World Tour we have explored the Dutch Golden Age, masterfully captured by one of history’s greatest artists. How serendipitous that Rembrandt van Rijn's lifetime coincided with Amsterdam’s economic peak and that his personality, paired with artistic skill, positioned him to become the preferred artist of the upper social class. This combination of elements resulted in an amazing oeuvre, both documenting the time period and bringing innovation to the art world.
This brings us to the final stop on our world tour: The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home to what is considered Rembrandt’s most famous work, The Night Watch. This is one of the most studied, revered and restored paintings of all time. The more common title is Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq. The name The Night Watch started in the late 18th century as the gradual darkening of the varnish resulted in what was believed to be a night time setting. A restoration in the 1940s revealed the painting to be a day time scene with chiaroscuro used to create dramatic shades of light and dark within the interior surroundings.
This commissioned piece was intended to document the members of the Kloveniers, a civic guard militia company of Amsterdam’s 2nd District as stated in the original title. The men paid dues to be part of this guild just like they paid to be in this painting. They were well-known and wealthy. During this time, the war with Spain had ended, so the militia had become more of a social club. Being part of it granted one access to a powerful network of Amsterdam’s elite, like a modern-day neighborhood watch joins a country club.
The work was originally even larger than its present monumental state. In 1715 it was moved from the guild’s headquarters to Amsterdam’s town hall and had to be trimmed to fit into its new home. The shield in the background was added around this time and displays the names of the Kloveniers. Rembrandt had long been deceased when this happened, but one cannot help but wonder how he would have reacted to such altering of his work.
In 2019, Operation Night Watch was launched as the largest research and conservation project ever done on Rembrandt’s masterpiece. Visitors to the Rijksmuseum could watch the project unfold as the painting remained in its central location during the process.
Rembrandt’s career started to decline after completing this work in 1642. His wife passed away the same year and he ended up filing for bankruptcy in 1656.
This takes us to the end of our Rembrandt Virtual World Tour. We look forward to welcoming you to Elverhøj when is it safe to do so and will keep you posted on reopening plans as they develop. Our exhibition, Legacy of Decency: Rembrandt, Jews and Danes has been extended indefinitely.
The Elverhøj Team
If you would like to learn more about The Night Watch here are some key resources:
Operation Night Watch https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/nightwatch
The Night Watch Experience https://nightwatchexperience.com/en
10 Things You Might Not Know About the Night Watch https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijks-stories/10-things-night-watch
Night Watch Flash Mob Celebrates the Re-Opening of the Rijksmuseum in 2013 after major renovations https://youtu.be/YSIXleVWPaE
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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
VIRTUAL EVENT - 74th ANNUAL DANEBOD FOLK MEETING
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
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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.
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.
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