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Danish Sisterhood of America

    • March 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • December 31, 2021
    • (CST)

    NFDA is proud to partner with DSS to promote and preserve the Danish Sisterhood!  This page is designed to show events, meetings and gatherings of the Danish Sisterhood.  If you would like to add a meeting or event, please email the details to info@DanishAmerica.org.  Please include the following information:

    Event Name (Include your lodge name and number)
    Event Description
    Date, Time, and Location

    You can also include photos and graphics for us to show.

    Thank you for your involvement in DSS and your interest in Danish America!

    • April 17, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 16, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting - The Danish Home - Chicago, IL


    Dagmar Lodge #4, Chicago

    Virtual meetings being held during COVID

    General meetings, which are traditionally held at The Danish Home of Chicago (5656 North Newcastle Avenue), are now virtual. Please join us.

    Sunday March 21, 2021
    2:00pm to 2:30pm Social time
    2:30pm to 3:30-4:00pm Meeting
    Program: Show and Tell about your Danish Heritage

    Saturday April 17,2021
    12:30pm  to 1:30-2:00pm Midwest District Social Virtual Gathering

    Sunday May 16, 2021
    2:00pm to 2:30pm Social time
    2:30pm to 3:30-4:00pm Meeting
    Program: Flower Arrangements by Harry Nyholm

    For Information, please contact:

    Events Coordinator Bente Rasmussen, 630-699-0332 
    E-mail: benterasmussen1@aol.com

    Secretary Jean Jackson, 708-784-0827
    Email: jean.m.jackson@att.net


    • April 21, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 19, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom


    Dronning Margrethe Lodge #15 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Organized September 21, 1891

    Meetings currently being conducted on Zoom.

    April Sisterhood Meeting via Zoom 

    Wednesday April 21, 6:30 PM Central Time

    Program: We are on the road to Tyler Minnesota

    In 1885 many Danish immigrants celebrated the founding of a colony near the southwestern Minnesota village of Tyler. This settlement would be called Danebod.  Share in the story of the rise of a Danish Folk School and the evolution of a Danish congregation to a community of enlightened Danish-American citizens.   Jerry and Ricke Ann Bly will join us for our April Zoom Meeting.  Jerry Bly currently serves as the President of the Danebod Folk School Committee and Ricke is the Resource Coordinator for the Danebod Folk Meeting.

    For an on-line preview go to danebodlutheran.org and/or danebodfolkmeeting.org


    Contact: Ann-Marie Bergman, Lodge Secretary


    Spring 2021 Newsletter

    Lodge Website

    Lodge Facebook Page

    • April 21, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 19, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting (Zoom) - Kenosha, WI


    Danish Sisterhood Lodge No. 20, Kenosha, WI is holding virtual meetings via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month.   

    Lodge # 20
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    For more information:

    Majbritt Stewart, Lodge President
    mandmstewart@mac.com | 847-812-1551 

    Anna Nielsen, Lodge Secretary
    annamnielsen88@gmail.com | 262-412-4482

    Danish Sisterhood National Website

    • April 24, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • October 09, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 13 sessions
    • Zoom Meetings - Portland, OR


    Lodge 81 in Portland, Oregon meets via zoom every two weeks on Saturday at 10am.  

    We invite you to join us!

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    Password: DSS2020

    • May 13, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 12, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting


    Join us for a monthly virtual komsammen (get together)! Our time together includes a program on Danish traditions or culture, time to get to know each other, and a brief business meeting. 

    This Danish Sisterhood Lodge differs from other lodges because we are a 100% virtual lodge! Our members join us from around the country and enjoy each other through the use of Zoom technology.  Contact us by email at tivolilodge300@gmail.com for Zoom call information.

    Tivoli Lodge Facebook

    Danish Sisterhood Website

    • December 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • December 01, 2024
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions


    The Danish Sisterhood of America was founded on December 1, 1883 by Christine Hemmingsen, a Danish immigrant from Orup, Denmark. Inspired by the success of the Danish Brotherhood of America, Mrs. Hemmingsen established Christine Lodge #1 in Negaunee, Michigan. The Danish Sisterhood of today continues to grow with numerous lodges located throughout the United States and Canada.

    The Danish culture is rich – its history long and distinguished, going back thousands of years. Membership in the Danish Sisterhood of America is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your Danish heritage, learn more about Danish customs and traditions, and strengthen your connection to Denmark. A cordial invitation is extended to you to join the largest national Danish organization dedicated to preserving and sharing these deeply rooted traditions. 

    Danish Sisterhood History

    Danish Sisterhood Website

    • January 30, 2022
    • (CST)
    • January 30, 2023
    • (CST)
    • 2 sessions


    Christine Hemmingsen (January 30, 1840 - August 24, 1884) is remembered as a caring, compassionate, and courageous woman. Her home was open to friends and a mecca for old and young Danes seeking to adjust to the ways of the new world. Sorrows were shared, and joys multiplied by family fellowship. They cared. One day, after a brief illness, a young woman who was a friend of the Hemmingsen’s, died, leaving a bereaved husband and two children. The grief was even greater, as the financial burden of funeral expenses was realized. Christine’s kind heart reacted to their friends grief and problems – but she also acted. She was very much aware of fraternal organizations including the Danish Brotherhood, with “sick and death benefit” as their purpose. But they were for men. And so, motivated by compassion, caring, and concern, she took steps to formally organize Danish women into a funeral benefit society.

    [Taken from “Origin of Danish Sisterhood of America and History of Christine Lodge #1” by Millicent Jensen, Member of Christine Lodge #1, April 1, 1983]

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    • April 16, 2022
    • (CDT)
    • April 16, 2023
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Fredensborg Palace, Denmark


    From The Royal Danish House website - Once again this year, Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday on 16 April will be marked differently than usual. Like last year, The Queen will spend the day at Fredensborg Palace, where the birthday will be celebrated privately.

    When Her Majesty The Queen turned 80 years old almost a year ago, the day turned out to be different than planned. In light of the situation with COVID-19 in the Danish society, the round birthday was celebrated at Fredensborg Palace with digital congratulations from inside Denmark and abroad, joint singing and Her Majesty’s address to the Danish people in the evening. One year later, the situation with COVID-19 continues to mean that The Queen’s birthday must be celebrated differently than the traditional way. Her Majesty and the royal family will therefore not come out on the balcony during the changing of the guard at Amalienborg at 12:00 noon this year. Instead, The Queen will celebrate the day privately at Fredensborg Palace.  

    However, it will still be possible to send The Queen a birthday greeting via the Royal Danish House’s digital platforms. On the morning of 16 April, a congratulations list will be set up on the Royal Danish House’s website, where it will be possible to send personal felicitations to The Queen. Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, it will not be possible to show up physically at Det Gule Palæ at Amalienborg to handwrite a greeting for Her Majesty. The birthday will be marked throughout the day on the Royal Danish House’s social media and website. 


    Margrethe Alexandrine Þorhildur Ingrid, Her Majesty The Queen, became Queen of Denmark in 1972. Margrethe II was born on 16 April 1940 at Amalienborg Palace as the daughter of King Frederik IX (d. 1972) and Queen Ingrid, born Princess of Sweden (d. 2000)

    Foto: Per Morten Abrahamsen

    The Queen’s motto is "God’s help, the love of The People, Denmark’s strength".

    The Royal Family comprises Her Majesty The Queen’s relatives, including HRH Princess Benedikte and Her Majesty Queen Anne-Marie.

    Christening and confirmation:  HM The Queen was christened on 14 May 1940 in Holmens Kirke (the Naval Church) and confirmed on 1 April 1955 at Fredensborg Palace.

    The Act of Succession:  The Act of Succession of 27 March 1953 gave women the right of succession to the Danish throne but only secondarily. On the occasion of her accession to the throne on 14 January 1972, HM Queen Margrethe II became the first Danish Sovereign under the new Act of Succession.  In 2009, The Act of Succession was amended so that the eldest child (regardless of gender) succeeds to the throne.

    A seat on the State Council:  On 16 April 1958, the Heir Apparent, Princess Margrethe, was given a seat on the State Council, and she subsequently chaired the meetings of the State Council in the absence of King Frederik IX.

    Wedding:  On 10 June 1967, the Heir Apparent married Henri Marie Jean André, Count of Laborde de Monpezat, who in connection with the marriage became Prince Henrik of Denmark. The wedding ceremony took place in Holmens Kirke, and the wedding festivities were held at Fredensborg Palace. Prince Henrik passed away on 13 February 2018.

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

    2020 Birthday Address to the Public:
    English Translation
    April 16, 2020

    More Information:

    Royal House Website

    • October 05, 2023
    • (CDT)
    • October 08, 2023
    • (CDT)
    • Twin Cities, Minnesota


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