This Date in Danish American History - Solvang, California Founded

  • January 23, 2021
  • January 23, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • January 23, 2021, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (CST)
  • January 23, 2022, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (CST)
  • Solvang, California


On January 23, 1911 Solvang, California was founded by Danish settlers. In 1906, Danish Lutheran pastor and Grand View College President Benedict Nordentoft, together with Jens M. Gregersen, a pastor from Kimballton, Iowa, and Peder P. Hornsyld, a lecturer at Grand View, had discussed the possibility of creating a new Danish colony with a dedicated Lutheran church and school on the west coast. In 1910, together with other Danish-Americans, they created the Danish-American Colony Company in San Francisco.  Later that year, suitable land was found in the Santa Ynez Valley northwest of Santa Barbara. On January 23, 1911, the contract was signed and Solvang was founded.

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