HIKING FOR DANISH AMERICA - FUNDRAISER FOR ALL ORGANIZATIONS
This summer, let’s raise funds for our Danish American organizations! Sponsor Danish America’s “Hiking Viking”, NFDA’s president, Bruce Bro, as he traverses the 500-mile Colorado Trail.
In the National Foundation for Danish America’s weekly emails, you’ve seen the widespread cancelling of every major event in our Danish American world. It’s clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on organizations across the country. Across Danish America donations are down. The NFDA is here to help the “down” go “up”.
Enter the “Hiking Viking”! Starting June 29th, Bruce Bro will traverse the 500-mile Colorado Trail for six-to-eight weeks from Waterton Canyon, southwest of Denver, to Durango. He will navigate to 13,271 feet above sea level and keep above 10,000 feet for most of the trail. He's also hoping to scale Colorado's highest peak, Mt. Elbert (14,439 ft) along the way!
You can help Danish America as Bruce clocks miles . Here’s how:
What the NFDA will do:
How we’ll make it fun and inclusive:
Oh -- if you’re skeptical about Bruce’s ability, don’t be. He can do it – he’s hiked the Grand Canyon, rim-to-rim, reached Mt. Everest’s Base camp in the Himalayas, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, and climbed the highest peaks in the U.S.!
Please join us to raise funds for Danish America! Let us know that you’re interested in being a part of Project “Hiking Viking”.
The NFDA Board
Karin Schoen Wasler, Linda Steffensen, Katrine Vange, Bruce Bro
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(To add your Danish American non-profit club or organization, please email us at info@DanishAmerica.org )
Some of Bruce's past hiking adventures...
2008 - Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. (Photo at right - he claimed the mountain for Denmark!)
2013 - Mt Everest Base Camp, Nepal
2013 - Mt Whitney, highest peak in lower 48 states
2016 - Grand Canyon Arizona Rim-to-Rim
Over many years - 20 of Colorado's highest peaks "The 14ers"
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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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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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LA Ring Virtual Exhibit
L.A. Ring (1854-1933), a Realist and Symbolist painter, ranks among the most significant figures in Danish art. The national gallery of Denmark holds the largest collection of Ring’s paintings and drawings; Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK showcases 25 of his most important paintings.
A fine example, says Wadum, is the exquisite, large portrait of Ring’s wife Sigrid, known as At the French Windows: The Artist’s Wife. An X-radiograph of the painting shows that many details of the composition were changed during the execution of the image. One of these is particularly striking, Wadum suggests in an article on Ring’s painting techniques co-authored by Pauline Lehmann Banke and Troels Filtenborg. It is evident that the railing of the terrace and the garden steps were fully completed before the figure of the woman was painted on top of it. Despite being the central feature and object of the whole composition, she was the last element to be added, consistent with Ring’s technique of finishing off the setting before adding the narrative element.
Initiated by the American Friends of Statens Museum for Kunst, the national gallery of Denmark, Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring provides an unprecedented opportunity for U.S. audiences to see the work of this great Nordic artist. The exhibition travels to only two U.S. venues. The Bruce Museum is the only one on the East Coast.
Speaking about this first exhibition outside Scandinavia to be solely devoted to L.A. Ring, Mikkel Bogh, Director of SMK, says: “It is part of our mission at SMK to inspire and spark creative thinking by making the art of our collection known to a wider audience, which includes audiences outside the Nordic region. L.A. Ring was a sensitive and profound interpreter of the changing conditions of human existence at the threshold of modernity, in Denmark and elsewhere. We believe his painting has an appeal to U.S. audiences and that his works, while embedded within specific geographic and historical circumstances, speak to us today in a powerful artistic language that matters as never before.”
Ring’s paintings capture this changing world, poised between traditional values and modernism. His early Symbolist paintings of people at work in the landscape are quiet and still, meticulously organized, and yet charged with a strong feeling of spirituality.
“Although Ring lived in Denmark all his life, aspects of his art find parallels in the work of America’s great realists Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Andrew Wyeth,” says Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director. “All these artists combined a rigorous precision of design with a sense that deeper meaning lies just beneath the surface. All were keenly interested in how people living at the turn of the 20th century handled the existential challenges arising as a result of the modern world.”
Presentation of the exhibition at the Nordic Museum in Seattle and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich has been made possible by the generous support of Mary and Greg Moga. Additional support has been provided by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, Queen Margrethe’s and Prince Henrik’s Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Scan|Design Foundation, the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation, Arne V. Schleschs Foundation, Hermod Lannung Museum Foundation, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Meltwater, SAS Cargo, Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, ArcusGruppen, Fritz Hansen, Ilse Jacobsen Hornbæk, International Flight Support ApS, Beck Global Consulting, Embassy of Denmark in Washington D.C., The Consulate General of Denmark in New York, and board and patrons of the AFSMK – American Friends of Statens Museum for Kunst.
The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from Amica Insurance and a Committee of Honor Co-Chaired by Ellen Flanagan, Simone McEntire, Betsey Ruprecht, Patricia W. Chadwick, and Susan and Torben Weis. Honorary Chair is John L. Loeb Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark. Additional exhibition support is provided by Ambassador Loeb, Sylvia and Leonard Marx, Jr., the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
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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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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.
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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DANISH SISTERHOOD OF COLORADO REGULAR MEETING
Danish Sisterhood Gatherings and Meetings are suspended until further notice. Please check with your local Lodge.
3rd Saturday of each month
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Ellen Lodge #21
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Heritage Presentations 2020
February 22 - Lynne
March 21 - Gitte (mailing it in)
April 18 - Ethel
May 16 - Chris H.
June 20 - Andrea
July - No meeting
August 8 - Pia E. (Picnic)
September 19 - Luncheon
October 17 - Joanna
November 21 - Inge
December - Christmas Luncheon
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.
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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
DENVER DANES ANNUAL PICNIC
The Annual Picnic is still scheduled for July 26.
2020/2021 Event Schedule -
Jul 26 - Annual picnic at Columbine Hills Clubhouse
Oct 25 - Annual smørrebrød fest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse
Dec 13 - Julefest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse
Jan 24 - Annual Meeting at Columbine Hills Clubhouse
Apr 25 - Annual Roadtrip at TBD
Jul 25 - Annual picnic at Columbine Hills Clubhouse
Oct 24 - Annual smørrebrød fest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse
Dec 12 - Julefest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse
$35 per event
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The Danish Club of Houston will hold its Annual Meeting and Sommerfest on August 15th, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at the Nottingham Forest Club in west Houston.
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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.
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A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - NIELS PETERSEN (1845-1923)
Niels Petersen was born on October 21, 1845, to Peder Mikkelsen and Gunder Marie Nisdatter in Vilslev, Denmark, a small farming village in the southwestern portion of Jutland. Petersen spent several years in the English Merchant Marines, beginning in 1863, allowing him to travel the world. He continued in this stead until 1870, when he immigrated to the United States.
In 1871, Petersen arrived in the Salt River Valley of central Arizona, where he decided to stake a homestead claim and begin farming. He filed a declaratory statement on July 1, 1874, claiming 160 acres (0.65 km2) in section 29, southwest of Tempe (the original homestead is currently bordered by Priest, Southern, Alameda and 52nd Streets). After submitting his claim, Petersen began work on the construction of a two-room adobe house. Four years later, in 1878, Petersen became a United States citizen and subsequently filed a homestead entry, the next step in permanently establishing himself in the valley. The final action in this process was the filing of a homestead proof, providing evidence that improvements to the land had been made by the claimant, which Petersen filed on May 12, 1883. By the time of his final homestead filing, Petersen had built two small adobe houses on the property and maintained 140 acres (0.57 km2) in cultivation.
Among his various undertakings was the operation of Tempe founder Charles Hayden’s general store when he was away on business. Additionally, he worked for the Tempe Irrigating Canal Company, eventually earning shares in the company. In 1884, Peterson married Isabel Dumphy, a teacher at Tempe Grammar School; Isabel subsequently resigned from her teaching position and moved into the Petersen house. She died during childbirth one year later, in 1885, and their infant son, John Petersen, is believed to have likewise died within months of his birth.
Within a few years, Petersen began acquiring properties surrounding his homestead claim, thus expanding his interest in the area. His ranch grew to more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) and Petersen emerged as one of the area's leading producers of cattle and grain.
As his financial interests grew, so too did his involvement in the Tempe community. Petersen served as a trustee for the Tempe School District and was a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, thus asserting his interest in local education. He played a role in the development of the Tempe Methodist Episcopal Church, the Bank of Tempe, and the Tempe Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which was chartered on March 5, 1888. Other positions held by Petersen included treasurer of the Tempe Irrigating Canal Company, president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, and a term on the Arizona's Eighteenth Territorial Legislature from 1895-1896.
By the 1890s, Petersen had emerged as one of the Salt River Valley's wealthiest and most revered citizens. In 1892, he made the decision to construct a new home, in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Architect James Creighton was commissioned by Petersen to design the new two-story home to be constructed at Petersen's ranch south of town. While the new home was being built, Petersen traveled back east, where he met his future bride Susanna Decker of South Montrose, Pennsylvania. They were married on September 1, 1892, and when he returned to his new house in Tempe his new wife accompanied him. Upon completion, Petersen's house was widely considered one of the most elegant homes in the region.
Niels Petersen died in Tempe on April 27, 1923, at the age of 78. As a testament to his status in the community, flags were flown at half-mast and all schools and businesses were closed during his funeral. Originally buried in Tempe's Double Buttes Cemetery, he was exhumed and reburied on the grounds of his home next to the grave of his wife Susanna.
History of the house
The house is significant as the oldest Queen Anne Style brick residence in the Salt River Valley. When Rev. Edward Decker inherited the house in 1927, he made modifications.
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