A Great Danish American Birthday - Hans Jorgen Pedersen

  • December 28, 2021
  • December 28, 2023
  • 3 sessions
  • December 28, 2021 (CST)
  • December 28, 2022 (CST)
  • December 28, 2023 (CST)


Pastor Hans Jorgen (H.J.) Pedersen, considered “the founder of Danebod” in Tyler, Minnesota, was born in Ringe, Denmark on December 28, 1851. He immigrated to the United States in 1875 and married Ane Marie Jepsen (Jeppesen) on October 20, 1875 in Michigan.

H.J. served as minister at the congregation at Gowen, Michigan until 1880 when he became president of the folk school in Elk Horn, Iowa. In 1882, he returned to Michigan and built the Ashland Folk School near Grant. In 1888, Rev. and Mrs. Pedersen and their six children moved to Tyler so that he might found a folk school there. Danebod was the name applied to the colony, the church, and the folk school that served as a vital center of education and Danish culture for Danish immigrants. H. J. Pedersen died on July 20, 1905, in Ruthton, Minnesota. - The Museum of Danish America

Hans Jorgen Pedersen - The Founder of Danebod
By Thorvald Hansen
From "The Bridge"

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