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    • May 25, 2020
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    • August 28, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Colorado Trail

    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:

    • Individuals and/or organizations  can participate
    • Pledge per-mile, or a fixed amount for the entire hike
    • Identify which Danish American organization or combination of organizations you’d like to support.  100% of your pledge goes to the organization you choose!

    What the NFDA will do:

    • Track all pledges 
    • Monitor the “Hiking Viking’s” progress
    • Let you know when the hike is completed and how to send your funds directly to your supported organization

    How we’ll make it fun and inclusive:

    • Take the hike with Bruce through social media and the website
    • Bruce will post pictures and videos as he progresses
    • Send Bruce “hilsener” and tell everyone which organization you support and why
    • Include your pledges on our website and weekly emails
    • Promote the event and pledges on social media

    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”. 

    Tusind tak,
    The NFDA Board
    Karin Schoen Wasler, Linda Steffensen, Katrine Vange, Bruce Bro

    Submit Your Pledge Here

    NFDA Facebook Page

    Participating Organizations:
    (To add your Danish American non-profit club or organization, please email us at info@DanishAmerica.org )

    • American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York
    • Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN
    • The Danish Home of Chicago
    • The Danish Home of Chicago Foundation
    • Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
    • Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    • Danish National Committee of Southern California
    • Danish Seamen's Church - Brooklyn, NY
    • Danish Sisterhood of America
    • Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
    • Elverhøj Museum of History and Art - Solvang, CA
    • Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center - New York
    • Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    • National Foundation for Danish America
    • Northwest Danish Association - Portland, OR and Seattle, WA
    • Rebild National Park Society

    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"

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

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

    LA Ring Virtual Exhibit

    See Bruce Museum website for Coronavirus (COVID-19) information


    The Bruce Museum will be closed to the public until further notice.

    The Bruce Museum is pleased to present the international exhibition On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK—the National Gallery of Denmark, opening to the public on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

    L.A. Ring (1854-1933), a Realist and Symbolist painter, ranks among the most significant figures in Danish art. The national gallery of Denmark holds the largest collection of Ring’s paintings and drawings; Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK showcases 25 of his most important paintings.

    A fine example, says Wadum, is the exquisite, large portrait of Ring’s wife Sigrid, known as At the French Windows: The Artist’s Wife. An X-radiograph of the painting shows that many details of the composition were changed during the execution of the image. One of these is particularly striking, Wadum suggests in an article on Ring’s painting techniques co-authored by Pauline Lehmann Banke and Troels Filtenborg. It is evident that the railing of the terrace and the garden steps were fully completed before the figure of the woman was painted on top of it. Despite being the central feature and object of the whole composition, she was the last element to be added, consistent with Ring’s technique of finishing off the setting before adding the narrative element.

    Initiated by the American Friends of Statens Museum for Kunst, the national gallery of Denmark, Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring provides an unprecedented opportunity for U.S. audiences to see the work of this great Nordic artist. The exhibition travels to only two U.S. venues. The Bruce Museum is the only one on the East Coast.

    Speaking about this first exhibition outside Scandinavia to be solely devoted to L.A. Ring, Mikkel Bogh, Director of SMK, says: “It is part of our mission at SMK to inspire and spark creative thinking by making the art of our collection known to a wider audience, which includes audiences outside the Nordic region. L.A. Ring was a sensitive and profound interpreter of the changing conditions of human existence at the threshold of modernity, in Denmark and elsewhere. We believe his painting has an appeal to U.S. audiences and that his works, while embedded within specific geographic and historical circumstances, speak to us today in a powerful artistic language that matters as never before.”

    Ring’s paintings capture this changing world, poised between traditional values and modernism. His early Symbolist paintings of people at work in the landscape are quiet and still, meticulously organized, and yet charged with a strong feeling of spirituality.

    “Although Ring lived in Denmark all his life, aspects of his art find parallels in the work of America’s great realists Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Andrew Wyeth,” says Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E.  Lynch Executive Director. “All these artists combined a rigorous precision of design with a sense that deeper meaning lies just beneath the surface. All were keenly interested in how people living at the turn of the 20th century handled the existential challenges arising as a result of the modern world.”

    Presentation of the exhibition at the Nordic Museum in Seattle and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich has been made possible by the generous support of Mary and Greg Moga. Additional support has been provided by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, Queen Margrethe’s and Prince Henrik’s Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Scan|Design Foundation, the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation, Arne V. Schleschs Foundation, Hermod Lannung Museum Foundation, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Meltwater, SAS Cargo, Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, ArcusGruppen, Fritz Hansen, Ilse Jacobsen Hornbæk, International Flight Support ApS, Beck Global Consulting, Embassy of Denmark in Washington D.C., The Consulate General of Denmark in New York, and board and patrons of the AFSMK – American Friends of Statens Museum for Kunst.

    The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from Amica Insurance and a Committee of Honor Co-Chaired by Ellen Flanagan, Simone McEntire, Betsey Ruprecht, Patricia W. Chadwick, and Susan and Torben Weis. Honorary Chair is John L. Loeb Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark. Additional exhibition support is provided by Ambassador Loeb, Sylvia and Leonard Marx, Jr., the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

    Bruce Museum
    1 Museum Drive
    Greenwich, CT 06830-7157

    Phone: 203.869.0376

    https://brucemuseum.org


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    • June 09, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • September 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York, NY

    ASF TRANSLATION AWARDS

    Application Deadline: Extended - September 15, 2020

    The American-Scandinavian Foundation annually awards three translation prizes for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written by a Scandinavian author born after 1900.

    Submission Information
    Entry deadline:
    September 15

    The Nadia Christensen Prize includes a $2,500 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

    The Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award, given to an individual whose literature translations from a Nordic language have not previously been published, includes a $2,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

    The Wigeland Prize, given to the best translation by a Norwegian, includes a $2,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

    —Apply Now!

    Rules

    1. The prizes are for outstanding English translations of poetry, fiction, drama or literary prose originally written in a Nordic language.
    2. If prose, manuscripts must be no longer than 50 pages; if poetry, 25 (Do not exceed these limits). Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced with numbered pages.
    3. Translations must be from the writing of one author, although not necessarily from a single work. Please include a one-paragraph description about the author.
    4. An entry must consist of:
      • One copy of the translation, including a title page and a table of contents for the proposed book of which the manuscript submitted is a part. 
      • One copy of the work(s) in the original language; please send the relevant pages.
      • A CV containing all contact information, including email address, for the translator; and
      • A letter or other document signed by the author, the author’s agent or the author’s estate granting permission for the translation to be entered in this competition and published in Scandinavian Review.
    1. Translator’s names may not appear on any page of their manuscripts, including the title page.
    2. The translation submitted in the competition may not have been previously published in the English language by the submission deadline.
      (If the translation being submitted to this competition is also under consideration by a publisher, you must inform us of the expected publication date.)
    3. Translators may submit one entry only and may not submit the same entry in more than two competitions.
    4. The Translation Prize cannot be won more than three times by the same translator.
    Previous ASF Translation Prize Opening and Winners.pdf

    INFO@AMSCAN.ORG
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    • June 11, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • June 11, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - PETER OLSEN HANSEN

    Peter Olsen Hansen (11 June 1818 – 9 August 1895) was the translator of the Book of Mormon into Danish.  Throughout Danish American history,  the State of Utah has had one of the highest concentrations of Danes and those of Danish ancestry.  That is directly due to the work of early Mormon missionaries like Peter Olsen Hansen and his contemporaries.

    Hansen was born in CopenhagenDenmark.  A sailor by trade, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Boston in 1844. After this, Hansen moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. While at Nauvoo. Hansen assisted in building the Nauvoo Temple and, at the request of Brigham Young, worked on the translation of the Book of Mormon into Danish.  Hansen was a Mormon pioneer and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September 1847.











    Hansen accompanied Erastus Snow on the first Latter-day Saint mission to Denmark.  He served on this mission from 1849 to 1855, during which he served as the first editor of the Skandinaviens Stjerne. Hansen later served additional missions in Denmark from 1873 to 1875 and from 1880 to 1882.

    The Mormon missionaries arrived at an opportune time for the propagation of their faith.  The new Danish constitution written in 1849 granted religious liberty and the missionaries to Denmark did not experience the restraints by the state encountered by the missionaries in Norway and Sweden.  Religious life in Denmark also was undergoing upheaval, and people were questioning the ineffective Lutheran Church.  Baptists, Methodists, and religious dissenters appeared on the scene and sowed the seeds of religious debate.  The Mormons, therefore, were protected against government intervention and found an audience attuned to new religious approaches.

    Even though the constitution of Denmark guaranteed religious freedom there were no laws supporting that right.  As a result some religious and political leaders attempted to place restrictions on the Mormons, but they were unsuccessful.  The Mormons also suffered harassment from the populace.  At Aalborg, for example, a crowd of more than 1,000 who had come to witness a Mormon Baptism by immersion in the Limfjord, was antagonized by the Mormon speaker when he told them that their church and clergy were of the devil.  The crowd stoned the Mormons and broke windows in Mormon homes.  More personal violence and property damage took place in small towns, where converts were more easily identified, than in large cities.  In the cities hostility was directed to the religious services by unruly elements who disturbed the services and interfered with the speaker.  But the government would not prohibit the assembly of the Mormons, and after ten years, after the Mormons became more commonplace, harassment declined.  The actual loss in converts is hard to estimate, but as in most other instances, the victims probably gained from the publicity and the attention.   (From: The Danish Americans by George R. Nielsen)

    Hansen died in 1895 at Manti, Utah Territory.

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

    A ROYAL BIRTHDAY -
    HRH PRINCE HENRIK (1934-2018)

    Prince Henrik was born on 11 June 1934 in Talence, Gironde, France. He was the son of Count André de Laborde de Monpezat (d. 1998) and Countess Renée de Monpezat, née Doursennot (d. 2002). Prince Henrik passed away on 13 February 2018.
    Photo: Torben Eskerod

    Wedding

    On 10 June 1967, the Heir Apparent to the Danish throne, Princess Margrethe, married Henri Marie Jean André Count de Laborde de Monpezat, who in connection with the marriage became HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. The wedding ceremony took place in Holmens Kirke (the naval church) and the wedding festivities were held at Fredensborg Palace.

    Children

    HRH Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian, born on 26 May 1968 HRH Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian, born on 7 June 1969.

    Educational background

    HRH Prince Henrik spent his first five years in Vietnam, then known as French Indo-China,where his father was in charge of family interests in industrial enterprises, etc. founded by his grandfather at the turn of the century. In 1939, the family returned to the family residence, le Cayrou, in Cahors. Having received instruction at home until 1947, Prince Henrik subsequently studied at the Jesuit boarding school in Bordeaux. In the period 1948-1950, HRH Prince Henrik attended upper secondary school in Cahors. His Royal Highness returned to Hanoi in 1950 and graduated from the French upper secondary school in Hanoi in 1952. In the period 1952- 1957, Prince Henrik studied law and political science at the Sorbonne, Paris, while simultaneously studying Chinese and Vietnamese at École Nationale des Langues Orientales. Having studied Oriental languages in Hong Kong in 1957, Prince Henrik subsequently studied in Saigon in 1958.

    Relations to the Defence

    HRH Prince Henrik performed his military service with the infantry in Algeria in the period 1959-1962. His Royal Highness held the honorary rank of General and Admiral in the Danish Defence.

    Business background

    Prince Henrik had a background in the diplomatic service. In 1962, His Royal Highness worked within the Asia Department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 1963 to 1967, he  was a Secretary to the French Embassy in London. 

    Language

    The mother tongue of HRH Prince Henrik is French, but he quickly learned Danish after moving to Denmark. In addition, His Royal Highness spoke English, Chinese and Vietnamese.

    More information:

    Royal House Website

    Royal House Facebook

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

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - STENY HOYER

    Steny Hamilton Hoyer (born June 14, 1939) is an American attorney and politician serving as U.S. Representative for Maryland's 5th congressional district since 1981 and as House Majority Leader since 2019. A Democrat, he was first elected in a special election on May 19, 1981, and is currently serving in his 20th term. The district includes a large swath of rural and suburban territory southeast of Washington, D.C. Hoyer is the dean of the Maryland Congressional delegation and the most senior Democrat in the House.

    Since 2003, Hoyer has been the second ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives behind Nancy Pelosi. He is a two-time House Majority Leader, having previously served in the post from 2007 to 2011 under Speaker Pelosi. During two periods of Republican House control (2003–2007 and 2011–2019), Hoyer served as House Minority Whip, both times under Minority Leader Pelosi. As a result of the 2018 midterm elections, in which the Democrats took control of the House, Hoyer was re-elected Majority Leader in January 2019 on the opening of the 116th Congress, remaining the number two House Democrat behind Speaker Pelosi.

    Hoyer was born in New York City, New York, and grew up in Mitchellville, Maryland, the son of Jean (née Baldwin) and Steen Theilgaard Høyer. His father was Danish and a native of Copenhagen; "Steny" is a variant of his father's name, "Steen". His mother was an American, with Scottish, German, and English ancestry, and a descendant of John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He graduated from Suitland High School in Suitland, Maryland.

    In his early years at the University of Maryland College Park, Congressman Hoyer held a 1.9 grade point average. His attitude towards school and politics changed after hearing a speech from John F. Kennedy prior to his election in 1960. In 1963, he received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in 1966.

    Hoyer has three daughters, Anne, Susan, and Stefany, from his marriage to Judy Pickett Hoyer, who died of cancer in February 1997. In 2012, after Hoyer announced his support of same-sex marriage, his daughter Stefany Hoyer Hemmer came out as a lesbian in an interview with the Washington Blade.

    His wife was an advocate of early childhood education, and child development learning centers in Maryland have been named in her honor ("Judy Centers").  She also suffered from epilepsy, and the Epilepsy Foundation of America sponsors an annual public lecture in her name.  Hoyer, too, has been an advocate for research in this area, and the Epilepsy Foundation presented him in 2002 with their Congressional Leadership Award.

    Hoyer serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Mary's College of Maryland and is a member of the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a nonprofit that supports international elections. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the Center for the Study of Democracy.

    • June 16, 2020
    • (CDT)

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - MAX HENIUS

    Max Henius (June 16, 1859 – November 15, 1935) was a Danish-American biochemist who specialized in the fermentation processes. Max Henius co-founded the American Academy of Brewing in Chicago.

    Max Henius was born in Aalborg, Denmark. His parents were Polish Jewish immigrants Emilie (née Wasserzug) and Isidor Henius. His father emigrated from Poland in 1837,  and founded De Danske Spritfabrikker, a Danish Distillery which is now part of V&S Group.  Isidor also built a small castle in Aalborg, now called Sohngaardsholm Slot, since 2005 a gourmet restaurant. Max Henius emigrated to the United States in 1881 at the age of 22 from Aalborg, settling in Chicago.

    In Chicago, he married Danish-born Johanne Louise Heiberg, who was the sister of historian Johan Ludvig Heiberg and related to Danish author Peter Andreas Heiberg.  His great-grandchildren are actors Keith CarradineRobert Carradine, Christopher Carradine, and Michael Bowen.

    Together with Robert Wahl, Henius founded an institute for chemical and mechanical analysis. Founded in 1891, the Chicago-based American Brewing Academy (later known as the Wahl-Henius Institute of Fermentology) was one of the premier brewing schools of the pre-prohibition era. This institute was later expanded with a brew master school.

    At the turn of the century Max Henius began to be interested in Danish-American organizations in Chicago. Funds were being raised by Danish Americans to purchase 200 acres (0.81 km2) of heather-covered hills, located in part of Rold Forest (Danish: Rold Skov), Denmark's largest forest. In 1912 Max Henius presented the deed to H.M. King Christian X as a permanent memorial from Danish Americans. Rebild National Park (Danish:Rebild Bakker) is today a Danish national park situated near the town of Skørping in Rebild municipalityRegion Nordjylland in northern JutlandDenmark. Every July 4 since 1912, except for the two world wars, large crowds have gathered in the heather-covered hills of Rebild to celebrate American Independence Day. On the slope north of Rebild, where the residence of Max Henius was once located, a bust is placed in his memory.
    Compiled by World Heritage Encyclopedia™


    • June 20, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • December 19, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 7 sessions
    • Member's home - Denver, CO

    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

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA
    Ellen Lodge #21

    D.S.S. Ellen Lodge #21

     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

    https://danishsisterhoodcolorado.weebly.com

    www.DanishSisterhood.com

    • 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
    • (CDT)
    • August 28, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Colorado Trail

    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:

    • Individuals and/or organizations  can participate
    • Pledge per-mile, or a fixed amount for the entire hike
    • Identify which Danish American organization or combination of organizations you’d like to support

    What the NFDA will do:

    • Track all pledges 
    • Monitor the “Hiking Viking’s” progress
    • Let you know when the hike is completed and how to send your funds directly to your supported organization

    How we’ll make it fun and inclusive:

    • Take the hike with Bruce through social media and the website
    • Bruce will post pictures and videos as he progresses
    • Send Bruce “hilsener” and tell everyone which organization you support and why
    • Include your pledges on our website and weekly emails
    • Promote the event and pledges on social media

    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”. 

    Tusind tak,
    The NFDA Board
    Karin Schoen Wasler, Linda Steffensen, Katrine Vange, Bruce Bro

    Submit Your Pledge Here

    NFDA Facebook Page

    Participating Organizations:

    (To add your Danish American non-profit club or organization, please email us at info@DanishAmerica.org )

    • American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York
    • The Danish Home of Chicago
    • The Danish Home of Chicago Foundation
    • Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN
    • Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS)
    • Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    • Danish National Committee of Southern California
    • Danish Seamen's Church - Brooklyn, NY
    • Danish Sisterhood of America
    • Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
    • Elverhøj Museum of History and Art - Solvang, CA
    • Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center - New York
    • Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    • National Foundation for Danish America
    • Northwest Danish Association - Portland, OR and Seattle, WA
    • Rebild National Park Society

    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"

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

    REBILD FESTIVAL IN DENMARK

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

    Rebild National Park Society, the Danish-American Friendship Organization founded in 1912, has been closely following the coronavirus developments in Denmark, and it is with great regret that on April 6, together with the rest of Denmark, we received Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's announcement that all of the big summer events and festivals in Denmark have been cancelled or prohibited through the end of August. Of course, we take note of the authorities' announcement, and the Rebild Festival on July 4, 2020 has therefore been cancelled. This also applies to all other planned events in this regard from July 2 – 5, 2020.

    We are very sorry. We had looked forward to the celebration of the 4th of July in the Rebild Hills in Denmark, and the planning was in full swing. The Rebild Festival is a historic and important tradition; a special celebration of the close bonds that exist between Denmark and the United States.

    Despite the cancellation, we are looking ahead, and the focus will now be on the Rebild Festival in 2021 and on developing and strengthening Rebild National Park Society so that we may stand even stronger together.

    The U.S. Rebild Annual Membership Meeting, including pre-tours and post-tours, which originally had been planned for Arizona in 2020, had already been rescheduled for next year – March 2021 – in Tempe, Arizona.

    Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the Rebild Festival and Rebild National Park Society, we need it!

    For updates and to support Rebild National Park Society, please visit www.rebildfesten.dk and www.danishrebildsociety.com.

    Jørgen Bech Madsen, President
    Lars Bisgaard, Secretary General

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

    Official Events Schedule to be Announced

    July 3 - Rebild Park events and Gala in Aalborg

    July 4 - Tent Luncheon and Festival in the Rebild Hills

    July 5 - General Membership Meeting

    http://www.danishrebildsociety.com

    https://www.rebildfesten.dk



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

    JESSICA LYNNE

    Tour and Tickets

    My story is not ordinary. I feel pretty ordinary, on the inside. But when I tell people where I come from and how I got here, it usually stirs up a gasp or two. My official story simply states that I grew up in Denmark and now live in the Pacific Northwest, but there is much more to it than that. So I decided to tell it. 

    My childhood was spent divided on three different continents. Strangest of all, I was born in South America. Valdivia, Chile to be exact. My parents were missionaries, but soon after my arrival, they decided to move back to the US. I was 6 months old. Needless to say, I don't remember anything from Chile at all. I ended up with dual citizenship - but not a Chilean one, as you might think, but a Danish/American citizenship. 

    My parents met in New York. My mom, from a small town of Sejlflod in Jylland, Denmark. My Dad from the Pacific Northwest. So when they decided, with 6 months old me in their arms to move back to the US, they settled on Tacoma, WA. Kind of fortuitous that my journey should lead me back here - only about 10 blocks away from my first American home. But that's for a later chapter. 

    My parents divorced when I was three and my mother decided to move us, three girls, to Denmark. First Skanderborg, then what I now consider my hometown, Haslev. This is where I went to school, where I had friends, where I learned about life, and love and longing. This is where I grew up. If you can call yourself a "grown-up" at 17; that's when I moved away from home. 
    I then became what I would call a "Copenhagen nomade" moving almost 25 times in the 13 or so years I lived there, interrupted only by a 2-year stint in Barcelona - also a story for another chapter.

    I finally up-rooted, if I ever had roots, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 when I was 31.

    And that's the short, cliff notes version story. But that's not really how I want to tell it. I want to tell my story by delving into how that story made me, me. What it was like, being a part of two worlds, and what sometimes felt like not being a part of anything at all. Feeling like an outsider for all the wrong reasons, trying so hard to belong, but not feeling like I belonged at all.
    As a child, I would spend the entire year going to school and living my life in Haslev and every other summer I would visit my Dad in Seattle. The alternating summers, he would visit us. I spoke (and still do speak) both languages fluently... mostly without an accent in either language. My dad would call every week long-distance to keep in touch with us girls. And in the '80s that was not cheap! My mom, even though she is 100% Dane, would make traditional Danish cooking right alongside fried chicken and cornbread. I felt the duality every day. 

    Consequently, it somehow made me feel divided. Instead of belonging everywhere, I felt like I didn't belong anywhere. 
    I suppose, with a different outlook on life, this duality could have made me feel abundant, like a citizen of the world, who had many homes. But my upbringing in so many ways nourished lack and dependence. And it made me feel stretched too thin. I was too American to be Danish and too Danish to be American. So I was, effectively, neither.

    Every time I came back to Denmark I would miss the US terribly. But it was never actually true the other way around. This only occurred to me when I finally moved here, that the homesickness I would feel for the US when gone, never set in for Denmark. Yes, I missed my family, but not the culture, not the place itself. 

    In reality, moving to the US clarified a lot of things for me. I have always been more American than Danish, I know that now. I've been loud, brazen, and always had big dreams and big gestures. Not in any way the proper little girl my mother tried to raise me to be. I had a terrible temper, that felt uncontrollable at times and a big voice that was repeatedly told to not shine too brightly, not to make the other kids feel bad. 

    This may seem harsh, but anyone from Denmark would notice this as "Janteloven" or "The Law of Jante" - a culturally-induced oppression that the Danes all know too well. Again, this is a phenomenon I will explain in depth in another chapter. Suffice it to say, it's a classic "crabs in a bucket" syndrome. When one tries to climb out the others will pull it back down.

    So I suppose I was not entirely caught in the middle. I sometimes describe myself as "half-and-half", with a chuckle. But that doesn't really describe me. In reality, I am more like 75/25. In the last ten years, I have learned to embrace my Danish roots, while also fully encompassing how American I really am. Immigrant heritage and all. 

    In truth, it probably doesn't matter what continent we are on. Denmark for me was a time in my life when I tried to hide who I truly was, in order to try and fit in. It was a time of listening to others over my own intuition, my inner voice. It was a time of not being and owning who I truly am and what my life's purpose is. The US for me has been the journey of fully growing into my true self. A journey of growth and self-exploration. Of owning all sides of me, even the ones I don't necessarily like. And most importantly listening to my own truth rather than what others say. It's not about Denmark and it's not about the US. It's about what each country represents to me and who I became during each timeframe I spent there. 

    I can now look at being "half-and-half" and feel grateful that I was blessed with so much diversity. And I can own my big voice and my larger than life attitude and put myself on a stage and feel right at home. But I can also remember where I came from, and what is truly important in life. Love of family, love of friends and most importantly, self-love.
    • July 26, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Columbine Lakes Clubhouse - Littleton, CO

    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


    2021

    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

    If you're interested in the Denver Danes, IM us or email: thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    The Denver Danes
    Columbine Lakes Clubhouse
    4192 W Pondview Dr
    Littleton, CO  80123


    thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    Denver Danes Facebook

    • August 15, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Nottingham Forest Club - Houston, TX

    DCH SOMMERFEST AND ANNUAL MEETING

    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.


    We hope you and your family will join us for a fun afternoon-evening, including Danish-style Hot Dogs with remoulade, onions and agurksalat, beer, soft drinks, water, and juice boxes for the kids, and dessert.

    Bring swimsuits and enjoy the child-friendly pool – it’s all FREE!!

    There will be a short business meeting to elect the 2020-2021 Board beginning at 4:30, with dinner served beginning at about 5:00 p.m.

    Please indicate in the Comments field if you are bringing children and their ages, and if you'd like to bring any food items to share.

    RSVP August 15th.

     · Hosted by Danish Club of Houston


    • 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


    • October 18, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Club Room - Dallas, TX

    SMØRREBRØDS PARTY

    The Danish American Club of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

    Club Room 
    3883 Turtle Creek Blvd 
    Dallas, TX 75219


    Website

    Facebook Page
    • October 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 21, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Petersen House Museum - Tempe, AZ

    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.

    Petersen House Museum Video

    • October 25, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Columbine Lakes Clubhouse - Littleton, CO

    DENVER DANES ANNUAL SMØRREBRØD FEST

    2020/2021 Event Schedule

    Oct 25 - Annual  smørrebrød fest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    Dec 13 - Julefest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    2021 -

    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

    If you're interested in the Denver Danes, IM us or email: thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    The Denver Danes
    Columbine Lakes Clubhouse
    4192 W Pondview Dr
    Littleton, CO  80123


    thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    Denver Danes Facebook

    • November 08, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • TBD - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

    FLÆTTE HJERTER, GLØGG OG ÆBLESKIVER

    The Danish American Club ofDallas/Fort Worth, Texas

    Location - TBD


    Website

    Facebook Page
    • December 06, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Club Room - Dallas, TX

    DANISH CHRISTMAS PARTY

    The Danish American Club of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

    Club Room 
    3883 Turtle Creek Blvd 
    Dallas, TX 75219


    Website

    Facebook Page
    • December 13, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Columbine Lakes Clubhouse - Littleton, CO

    DENVER DANES ANNUAL JULEFEST

    2020/2021 Event Schedule - 

    Dec 13 - Julefest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    2021 -

    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

    If you're interested in the Denver Danes, IM us or email: thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    The Denver Danes
    Columbine Lakes Clubhouse
    4192 W Pondview Dr
    Littleton, CO  80123


    thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    Denver Danes Facebook


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