June 4 - 5, 2022
Velkommen (Welcome) to Dannebrog, the Danish Capital of Nebraska. The first weekend in June, our little village (named after the Danish flag), hosts a weekend celebration honoring its heritage, during which the citizens of Dannebrog commemorate the anniversary of the signing of Denmark’s free constitution in 1849 by King Frederik VII. The word “Grundlov” is from a Danish term meaning “foundation”.
Dannebrog, Nebraska may not have survived the first few years without the help of the Pawnee Native American Tribe. The cooperation between the two cultures was critical. The village of Dannebrog recognizes that cooperation as they use the phrase "The Danish Capitol of Nebraska, Where Cultures Connect".
From the Village of Dannebrog website -
Danish immigrants founded Dannebrog in the early 1870s and the citizens of the village take a lot of personal pride in their Danish ancestry. In Danish, Dannebrog is the romantic name for the Danish flag.
The village was founded by Lars Hannibal, president of the Danish Land and Homestead Company which was to secure a tract of land for settlers of Danish origin. In 1872, the first post office was established and in 1886 the first railroad track was laid through town. The Nebraska Legislature proclaimed Dannebrog as the Danish Capital of Nebraska in 1989.
Visitors will notice the Danish atmosphere when they enter the village with the Danish business signs, paintings, sidewalk benches, flowers, gifts and food. Dannebrog is a prime example of small-town Nebraska.
Historical Marker Text: In the spring of 1871 (May 28) several members of the Danish Land and Homestead Company from Wisconsin claimed land along Oak Creek. The migrants, led by Lars Hannibal, were drawn by fertile soil and the idea that Danes from across the U.S. and the Old Country could form a colony in Howard County. Hannibal called the settlement Dannebrog, the name of the red and white national flag of Denmark. Construction of a water-powered grist mill on Oak Creek sparked the village’s early growth, and Dannebrog unsuccessfully sought the county seat in 1874. The town almost disappeared in the early 1880s, when businesses relocated to Nysted, but the coming of a railroad in 1885 brought new life. Dannebrog was incorporated in 1886. By 1920 the population peaked at 436. Germans, Czechs, Poles, and Swedes also settled at Dannebrog. Although the founders’ dream of an exclusive colony of Danes was never realized, Dannebrog and the nearby towns of Nysted and Dannevirke preserve the Danish heritage. In 1989 the Nebraska Legislature proclaimed Dannebrog as Nebraska’s Danish Capital.
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