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southern california United States (solvang)

    • June 01, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • June 30, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Elverhøj Museum of History and Art - Solvang, CA

    VIRTUAL EXHIBIT - THE ART OF FACE MASKS

    The face mask has become a symbol of our times, an emblem to illustrate the COVID-19 contagion. It is also a signal of caring and a gesture of community amidst the upheaval of our daily life. When history looks back on the pandemic of 2020, these rectangles that hide the mouth and nose will be what we see.

    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.

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    Elverhøj Museum of History and Art
    1624 Elverhoy Way
    Solvang, CA 93463

    Telephone - (805) 686-1211 
    Emailinfo@elverhoj.org

    Elverhøj Website

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    • June 03, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • July 31, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Elverhøj Museum of History and Art - Solvang, CA

    EXHIBIT - LEGACY OF DECENCY: REMBRANDT, JEWS & DANES

    EXTENDED THROUGH JULY
    The Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.

    Please visit - Rembrandt: A Virtual World Tour...


    Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) was an innovative and prolific master and is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art. He lived and worked in Amsterdam, a city renowned for its welcoming spirit towards the thousands of Jewish migrants and refugees who survived the Inquisition and had been expelled from Spain and Portugal.

    The 21 prints on view highlight the artist’s nuanced relationship with Amsterdam’s Jewish citizens. They are detailed and intimate, much like Rembrandt’s relationship with his subjects, many of whom were neighbors and friends. The series of small prints present a powerful message and encourage the viewer to get up close and engage with the people depicted. 

    Rembrandt’s legacy as an etcher is characterized by the new and innovative techniques he introduced to printmaking. He broke with longstanding, traditional depictions of Jews in biblical narratives. Rembrandt’s legacy of decency is displayed in his art as he added emotional and psychological depth to his subjects through expressive faces, dramatic body language, and bold use of shadow and light.

    The humanity Rembrandt expressed in his artwork resonates today, nearly 400 years later. This concept is found in the unofficial Danish law—jantiloven—for "no one is better than the other." The jantiloven concept that everyone is accepted and equal plays a key part in Danish culture and mentality as was exemplified by the remarkable story of the Danish WWII resistance. During the Nazi Occupation, over 95% of the Jewish population in Denmark was rescued by their fellow countrymen. 

    The founding of Solvang was based upon that deeply held Danish principle of cooperation. More than 100 years later, the close-knit community continues to thrive and support its neighbors. 

    The Rembrandts are from the collection of Howard and Fran Berger, gift to Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The exhibition remains on display through May 24.

    Elverhøj Museum of History and Art
    1624 Elverhoy Way
    Solvang, CA 93463

    Telephone - (805) 686-1211
    info@elverhoj.org
    http://www.elverhoj.org/

    • June 05, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 05, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 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)
    • June 18, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Solvang, California

    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

    CALIFORNIA TACOS

    Dine-in and takeout

    HUMMINGBIRD CAFÉ

    Dine-in and takeout

    SANTA YNEZ CAFÉ

    Dine-in and takeout

    SOLVANG RESTAURANT

    Dine-in and takeout

    SUCCULENT CAFÉ WINE CHARCUTERIE

    Dine-in and takeout

    TACO ROCO

    Dine-in and takeout

    TAKEOUT

    ALY'S BY ALEBRU

    Takeout only


    THE BIG BOPPER

    Takeout and deliveries


    BIRKHOLM'S BAKERY & CAFE

    Counter service


    CAFE DOLCE

    Counter service


    CECCO RISTORANTE

    Takeout only


    COPENHAGEN SAUSAGE GARDEN

    Takeout and curbside pickup


    DOMINO'S PIZZA

    Takeout and deliveries


    FIRST AND OAK

    Takeout only


    GOOD SEED COFFEE BOUTIQUE

    Counter service

    MORTENSEN'S DANISH BAKERY

    Counter service


    OLSEN'S DANISH VILLAGE BAKERY

    Counter service


    PEASANTS FEAST

    Takeout and curbside pickup


    PHO 805

    Takeout only


    RAMEN KOTORI

    Takeout only


    SILK ROAD'S KITCHEN

    Takeout only


    SOLVANG BAKERY

    Counter service


    TOSCANA

    Takeout only

    TASTING ROOMS

    CASA CASSARA WINERY & VINEYARD

    Curbside sales and order pickup


    DANA VOLK WINES

    Curbside pickup


    GOOD LIFE CELLAR

    Curbside pickup and delivery


    LIONS PEAK VINEYARDS

    LUCAS & LEWELLEN VINEYARD

    Curbside pickup


    RIDEAU VINEYARD

    Reservation only


    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.

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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 07, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • January 17, 2021
    • (CST)
    • 33 sessions
    • Bethania Lutheran Church - Solvang, CA

    SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES

    Bethania will be suspending services indefinitely. Click the link to read my letter about what will be happening and how we'll stay connected. Also, Bethania Preschool will be communicating directly should they choose to close, but at this time, they're still open.

    Pastor Chris letter

    VELKOMMEN TIL BETHANIA LUTHERAN CHURCH
    Journeying Together: Rooted, Growing, Branching Out 

    Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.
    Coffee Time 10:30 a.m.
    Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
    Sunday School 11:00 a.m.

    Bethania Lutheran Church
    603 Atterdag Rd
    Solvang, CA 93463

    Telephone - 805-688-4637 
    Emailbethanialutheranch@gmail.com 
    Bethania Lutheran Website

    Bethania Facebook

    Bethania Livestream

    • 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 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

    ~~~~~~~~~~

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

    Danish Sisterhood 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

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    • 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 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 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 17, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • July 01, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Elverhøj Museum of History and Art - Solvang, CA

    ARTIST Q&A ON INSTAGRAM LIVE SERIES - THE ART OF FACE MASKS

    ELVERHØJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY & ART 

    The Art of Face Masks featured on NPR 

    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

    Artist Q&A Instagram Live Series 

    GEORGANNE ALEX 

    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. 

    ISABELLA KELLY-RAMIREZ 

    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.

    RT LIVINGSTON 

    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.

    SUSAN OWENS 

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 1st @ 4PM

    Owens will illustrate the indigo dye 
    process and answer questions about her work.

    HOW TO WATCH IG LIVE 

    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
    No Instagram account? No problem!
    Interviews will be available the following day at
    artoffacemasks.com

    Elverhøj Museum of History and Art
    1624 Elverhoy Way
    Solvang, CA 93463

    Telephone - (805) 686-1211 
    Emailinfo@elverhoj.org

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    • June 20, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Elverhøj Museum of History and Art - Solvang, CA

    SOLSTICE SUNDOWNER BENEFIT PARTY

    Elverhøj invites you to celebrate the year's longest day with refreshments, fine food and merrymaking while raising funds to ensure the museum's long-term sustainability.

    Sponsorships Available Now!
    2020 Sponsor Levels 
    All levels include sponsor name on invitation and event program.

    Zenith Sponsor $5,000 Includes table for 10 with 4 premium bottles of wine at table

    • Logo in premier location on sponsorship signage at event
    • Acknowledgement in post event media coverage
    • Social Media promotion leading up to event
    • Name and logo in annual Elverhoj newsletter

    Sunshine Sponsor $3,000 Includes exclusive table for 8 plus

    • Logo included on sponsorship signage at event
    • Social Media promotion leading up to event
    • Acknowledgement in post event media coverage

    Moonrise Sponsor $1,250 Includes reservations for 4 plus

    • Sponsorship signage with name or logo at event

    Firelight Sponsor $800 Includes reservations for 4

    Stargazer Sponsor $500 Includes reservations for 2

    Elverhøj Museum of History and Art
    1624 Elverhoy Way
    Solvang, CA 93463

    Telephone - (805) 686-1211 
    info@elverhoj.org
    http://www.elverhoj.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.



    • June 29, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • July 31, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Elverhøj Museum - Solvang, CA

    REMBRANDT: A VIRTUAL WORLD TOUR

    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

    Stay safe,

    The Elverhoj Team

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    • June 29, 2020
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • July 31, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Elverhøj Museum - Solvang, CA

    REMBRANDT: A VIRTUAL WORLD TOUR

    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.

    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.

    Stay safe,

    The Elverhoj Team

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    • June 29, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • July 31, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Elverhøj Museum - Solvang, CA

    REMBRANDT: A VIRTUAL WORLD TOUR

    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.

    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

    Stay safe,
    The Elverhoj Team

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    • June 29, 2020
    • 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • July 31, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Elverhøj Museum - Solvang, CA

    REMBRANDT: A VIRTUAL WORLD TOUR

    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.

    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. 

    Stay safe,
    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

    Elverhøj Museum of History and Art
    1624 Elverhoy Way
    Solvang, CA. 93463
    800-686-1211

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    • July 01, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • December 02, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 6 sessions
    • Bit O' Denmark - Solvang, CA

    HEJLS MINDE #23 MEETING

    Meetings Canceled Until Further Notice

    1st Wednesday of every month.
    12:00 Noon Meeting

    Secretary Jean Kardel

    Bit O' Denmark
    473 Alisal Rd
    Solvang, CA 

    Danish Societies Website

    • 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



    • August 19, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 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 18, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • September 20, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Solvang, California

    SOLVANG DANISH DAYS

    In 1936, the first Solvang Danish Days festival emerged in honor of the village’s 25th anniversary. Ever since, Danish Days celebrates Solvang’s heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities. In 1946, a reporter from The Saturday Evening Post (an influential magazine of the day) visited during Danish Days and the article that appeared in January 1947 put Solvang on the national map. It stated, in part, “Solvang…a spotless Danish village that blooms like a rose in California’s charming Santa Ynez Valley. Old country charm and customs have been successfully fused with the American way of life. Nowadays…the quaint village is busy living up to its affectionate name, ‘Little Denmark’.”

    See Web Site below for complete schedule.

    Solvang Danish Days
    Solvang, CA  93464

    Solvang Danish Days

    Danish Days on Facebook


    • October 31, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 31, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 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.



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