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Danish Sisterhood of America

    • January 30, 2021
    • (CST)
    • January 30, 2023
    • (CST)
    • 3 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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    DSS History

    • January 31, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CST)
    • NFDA Weekly Email


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    January 31 Issue
    Here are some of the News and Events we'll be covering for the week of January 31 - February 7

    -ASF Translation Competition 2021 Opens & 2020 Winners Announced

    -Fundraiser for Dannebrog, NE Founder Descendent Tim Hannibal - Feb 6

    -Profile on Lars Hannibal - Founder of Dannebrog, NE

    -Live From Denmark - Photo Tour with Benedikte Ehlers Olesen - Fanø, Ribe, Mandø, Rømø, Møgeltønder, Sild, Eiderstedt, Frederiksstad - Feb 2

    -A Great Danish American Birthday - Dale Thomas Mortensen - Feb 2

    -A Great Danish American Birthday - George Peter Nissen - Feb 3

    -A Great Danish American Birthday - Gwili Andre - Feb 4

    -A Royal Birthday - Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth - Feb 5

    -The Danish Pioneer Newspaper - Special Issue

    • February 02, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 16, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 7 sessions
    • Virtual Event on Zoom

    LIVE FROM DENMARK! Photo Tour with Benedikte Ehlers Olesen

    Many of us have taken tours across Denmark led by Benedikte.  She has taken groups from America all across the country including many of the Danish Islands.

    Free Registration and Zoom Link

    Benedikte has offered to help us through this long Covid winter by presenting a series of photo tours to help us dream of the days ahead when we can travel back to Denmark.  We will present them on Zoom, live from her home in Denmark, and recordings will be available following each show.  In each program, Benedikte will present a different area of Denmark, and a few minutes at the end for Q&A.   The series will begin with "Christmas in Denmark" on December 22.  The entire series schedule is shown here.  All are free, and after you register, you will receive a Zoom link.  The Tuesday programs will begin at 11:00AM Central (Chicago) time...

    December 22 - Christmas in Denmark Recording

    January 5 Læsø, Samsø, Bornholm and Christiansø  Recording

    January 12 - Møn, Lolland, Falster, Fejø, Ærø, Fyn  Recording

    January 19 - København, Rungsted, Helsingør, Fredensborg Recording

    January 26Christiansfeld, Åbenrå, Dybbøl, Sønderborg, Gråsten, Flensborg, Gottorp, Lyksborg  Recording

    February 2 - Fanø, Ribe, Mandø, Rømø, Møgeltønder, Sild, Eiderstedt, Frederiksstad 

    February 9 Ringkøbing, Nørre Vosborg, Hjerlhede, Livø, Glenholm Vingård 

    February 16 -  Jammerbugt, Tannisbugt, Skagen, Sæby 

    February 23 - Rebild, St. Restrup, Aalborg, Ebeltoft, Aarhus 

    March 2 Skanderborg, Ry, Himmelbjerget, Viborg, Hjarbæk, Skive, Kokkedal 

    March 9 Jellinge, Vejle, Kolding, Lillebælt, Bogense 

    March 16 Odense, Tåsinge, Egeskov, Nyborg, Korsør, Roskilde 

    Zoom link will be provided with your free registration!  Register by clicking here:

    Free Registration and Zoom Link

    Program is presented by NFDA and The Danish Pioneer Newspaper

    • February 11, 2021
    • (CST)
    • May 13, 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

    • February 13, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Virtual Event - Scandinavian School & Cultural Center - San Francisco, CA


    Date: Saturday February 13

    Time: 11AM - 1PM

    Cost: $30/event

    Swedish Teacher: Leda Jessen

    Location: The Scandinavian School

    Native Dane and baker extraordinaire Leda Jessen is back in her kitchen in San Francisco for a new Scandinavian baking event.

    Fastelavn, ( Mardi Gras) is a family celebration in Denmark, and usually also means a fun afternoon with games and good company at the Scandinavian School and the Cultural Center. This year we'll have to do it differently, and decided to focus on the always so delicious Fastelavn buns, a round sweet roll usually covered with icing and filled with cream.

    You will be sent a list of the ingredients needed prior to the event, and together with Leda you will bake the day away. 

    Baking together as a family will work great, but children should be accompanied by an adult.

    The class is virtual and will be conducted in English.  

    Sign up here


    The Scandinavian School and Cultural Center

    You will receiving a zoom-link with a list of the ingredients at least 48 hours prior the event. If you can't find the message in your inbox, please check your spam. For further questions, please contact ljessen@scandinavianschool.org

    • February 14, 2021
    • (CST)
    • February 12, 2023
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions


    The celebration of Fastelavn comes from the Roman Catholic tradition and that's why it takes place on the last Sunday before Lent (usually between the first of February and the seventh of March). But after the Reformation, the holiday became secular. Fastelavn which means 'fast-evening' was first a celebration for adults with different competitions, games and activities, but later became associated with kids.

    What's Fastelavn all about? From The Local DK

    During the festivities, you'll see lots of decoration like colorful air balloons and birch branches with sweets.

    There are two main traditions connected with Fastelavn. The first is eating buns with different fillings like marzipan. They are sold in every bakery during the holiday. The second is that the kids put on costumes and play a game. They have to hit a barrel filled with sweets and presents. The first kid to make a hole in the barrel will be proclaimed the "king or queen of the cats." That is because back in the day there used to be real cats in those barrels and the aim of the custom was to drive the evil spirits away (people used to believe cats are connected to the evil).

    There are different ways to experience Fastelavn in Copenhagen. One of the options is within a local family, a parish or other small communities. The National Museum of Denmark hosts festivities every year, but participants have to sign up for them. Also, Dragør on Amager island south of the capital offers a big celebration featuring a horse procession, flags, and music. In fact, this procession begins on Saturday in Sundby and continues across the island reaching St Magleby on Monday, and finishing in Ullerup on Wednesday. Another Fastelaven procession takes place throughout the weekend in the district of Vanløse.

    Outside of the capital, one of the most outstanding celebrations takes place on Æro island. The traditional songs by kids start at 5 am. Adults also have fun wearing masks and guessing who is who. They take them off only at midnight to finally enjoy a drink together.

    • February 17, 2021
    • (CST)
    • May 19, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom


    Dronning Margrethe Lodge #15 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Organized September 21, 1891

    Meetings currently being conducted on Zoom. 

    Contact: Ann-Marie Bergman, Lodge Secretary


    Lodge Website

    Lodge Facebook Page
    • February 17, 2021
    • (CST)
    • April 21, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 3 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

    • 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

National Foundation for Danish America
PO Box 1003
Wilmette, Illinois 60091

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