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Museum of Danish America - New Exhibits & More

Museum of Danish America  | Published on Friday, May 12, 2017

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Danish Roots, American Dreams Opens

Main Floor




By the time you read this E-News, there will be a lot of new things in the museum galleries! Danish Roots, American Dreams is the new core exhibition at the museum that explores the past and present experiences of Danes in America and Danish Americans.

Danish Roots, American Dreamsis made possible with generous support from the following:
Humanities Iowa
Glen & Rosa Clemsen
The John & Audrey Kofoed Family
Nils & Kathleen Jensen
Danish Sisterhood Lodge #15 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)



Tivoli Fest



The 37th annual Tivoli Fest theme is #Æbleskiver, in honor of the inaugural World Æbleskiver Eating Championship.

Tivoli Fest is always held the weekend preceding Memorial Day- this year, May 27-28.There will even be activities on the evening of May 26to kick off the festival.

Here are the events at our locations:

Museum of Danish America
Free Admission
Saturday 9 am– 5 pm
Sunday Noon - 5pm

Grand Opening of the museum’s all-new core exhibits on two levels featuring a 90-foot timeline and kids zone. Other exhibits includeSport for Sports’ Sake, The Whimsical World of Bjørn Wiinblad, and Photographs for National Geographic (1990-2002).

  • 10 am or 3 pm, Saturday only|Behind-the-Scenes
    Curator-ledtours of artifact storage, including the Christensen Curatorial Center.Sign up at the front desk beginning Saturday morning. Space is limited.
  • 1 pm, Saturday only | Children’s RingridningBicycle Competition
    Ringridning is a Danish tradition that has been adapted from adults riding horses to children riding decorated bikes.Bring your own bike (decorated, of course!) and a helmet.There are two age categories: 4-7 years and 8-12 years. The event is free and fun for the entire family!Extra bikes and helmets will be available.Prizes awarded.Free Registration 12:30 p.m. Competition 1 p.m.

Genealogy Center on Main Street
Free Admission
Saturday9 am– 5 pm
Sunday 10 am - 1 pm

Featured ExhibitÆbleskiver Pans, Past & Present

  • 12 pm - 2 pm, Saturday only | Virtual Reality Trips to Denmark

Bedstemor's House on College Street
Free Admission
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday 1 - 4 pm

Toura circa-1908 Danish Grandmother’s House!

Full Schedule



Have a favorite æbleskiver story, recipe, or photo to share?



In honor of this year’s Tivoli Fest theme, #æbleskiver, the Genealogy Center will feature an exhibit of æbleskiver pans from the museum’s permanent collection. To accompany this display, we would love to have photos of your family eating æbleskiver, æbleskiver anecdotes, and tried and true variations for making æbleskiver.

Even just a couple sentences of a memory or experience with æbleskiver will be useful. Submit contributions to Genealogy Center Manager, Kara McKeever ( by May 22. Thanks for your help!



Design Store - for Pets



The new Magisso® Happy Pet Project Bowls keep water and food fresh for hours and limitbacterial contamination. Soak the Pet Bowl in water for 60 seconds to activate the natural cooling effect that will last several hours.

Happy Pet Project Slow Dining Bowls make the pet eat around the shape inside the bowl, slowing the process. This prevents overeating and indigestion issues. The chewing phase is also prolonged, which increases saliva production and is good for dental hygiene.

Plus, theoutside ceramic is coated in chalkboard style material so you can make your own designs!



Happy Pet Project


Dog Food

Cat Food

Water Dish



Volunteer Banquet



We'd like to say a big "thank you" to our volunteers by throwing them a banquet on Monday, May 15 at the Cottonwood Barn in Kimballton. If you haven't called to RSVP, please do so by Monday, May 8.



Opening & Closing Soon

Bedstemor's Kitchen



Bedstemor’s House opens for tours starting Saturday, May 27 and will be open 1-4pm daily through Labor Day, September 4.

May 30 is your last day to enjoy The Whimsical World of Bjørn Wiinblad before the exhibit packs up and travels to Seattle!It will be on view at the Nordic Heritage Museum from July 28 through November 5, 2017.



Brown Bag Lunch Programs

Obituary Files



All programs are held noon - 1pm in ourBro Dining Room and are free to the general public! Bring a lunch to enjoy while you listen.

MAY 25 | Surprises in Family Histories

Come and hear the stories from families that Michele McNabb, retired Genealogy Center manager, has researched – stories usually only the families themselves get to hear!

JUN 22 | Nordic Light on Canvas

Meet the museum’s featured artist, Hanne Støvring, as her exhibition of painting opens.Her studio is on the island of Bornholm, but she currently lives and works in New York City.

JUL 13 | Danmark Besat – The Occupation of Denmark, 1940-1945

Martin Armbrust, one of the museum’s current Danish interns, will present the Danish experience of World War II under Nazi occupation.



Internship Applications Due May 31



American graduate students interested in applying for a Collections Assistant internshipat the Museum of Danish America should do so by May 31 to be considered for the fall semester.



Visit us in Virtual Reality

Cardboard Headset



What if you could “visit” the museum and travel with us from the comfort of your home?With your smartphone and our Google Cardboard™ Virtual Reality headset, it’s like you’re actually here!

Through immersive 360° video technology that allows you to look in any direction (not just where the camera is pointing), our supporters can get an in-depth, virtual look at many of the museum’s activities. From exhibit tours to peaceful vistas of the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park, our continually growing library of 360°, spherical video content will keep you coming back for more.

Through this limited-time offer, those who join or renew at a $100+ level will get a free Museum of Danish America Cardboard™ viewer with their membership!



Exhibitions on the Road in 2017

Hygge Exhibit Coming Soon



Skål! Scandinavian Spirits
American Swedish Historical Museum
Philadelphia, PA
Through September 17

American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, MN
November 10, 2017 – January 8, 2018

The Whimsical World of Bjørn Wiinblad
Nordic Heritage Museum
Seattle, WA
July 28 – November 5

A variety of Museum of Danish America exhibits are available to be hosted byschools, libraries, community groups, and businesses.See thecurrent menu of traveling exhibitsand contact our curator for more details.

A brand NEW traveling exhibit available! What is it? Click to find out >



Wisconsin Fiddle School

Fiddle School



Danish violinist and composer Harald Haugaard's West Denmark Fiddle School is modeled after his extremely popular fiddle school in Breklum, Germany. It is an intensive study for people of all ages who share an interest in music based on Scandinavian and Anglo/Celtic traditions. In a beautiful setting at historic West Denmark, on Little Butternut Lake near Luck, Wisconsin, fiddlers are encouraged to explore their own musical expression and potential in a supportive environment. Held June 11-16, 2017.More details >



125th Anniversary of a Danish Mission to the Cherokee

Oaks Indian Mission



In 1892, Niels Laurits Nielsen, a Danish-Lutheran immigrant, traveled to Indian Territory to work among the Cherokee.His efforts resulted in the Oaks Indian Mission in Oaks, Oklahoma, which today continues to be a resource for young Native Americans.

On June 17-18 in Oaks, Oklahoma, the Mission Children’s Alumni Association plans to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Danish-Lutheran presence among the Cherokee. The Association invites all who are interested in learning more about the Cherokee and the Danes and Danish-Americans who established Oaks Indian Mission to participate.

Events include a visit to the Cherokee Heritage Center, lunch at the Restaurant of the Cherokee, a tour of Tahlequah – the capitol of the Cherokee Nation, as well as traditional Cherokee storytelling and singing at the Oaks Indian Mission.The Museum of Danish America will participate with the traveling exhibit, Church Basements and Children’s Homes. Personnel from both the museum and the Danish American Archive and Library will be present to help tell the story.

The cost for these events, including three meals and transportation between Oaks and Tahlequah, is $75.Participants are responsible for travel to Oaks, Oklahoma and motel accommodations in nearby Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

For information about the program, places to stay, and where to eat, please or



U.S. National Kubb Championship

USA Kubb



The 11th annual U.S. National Kubb Championship will be held July 7-9 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.Kubb is an old Nordic game.The birth of tournament kubb was on the island of Gotland, Sweden, which holds the World Championship. Read more >



Time Travel with your MoDA Membership Card



Time Travelers is a reciprocal membership network for historical museums, sites, and societies throughout the United States. Our members receive exclusive benefits and privileges at more than 360 museums and historical sites in 45 states! You must show your current membership card to receive benefits.See the list >




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Danish-American Fusion Conference 2017

DAHS Conference



The 40th Anniversary Conference of theDanish American Heritage Societywill be held in early October 2017. This conference will exploreUS and Danish cultural fusion in areas ranging from food to fashion, theology to technology, and music to movies. The keynote speaker will be chef Trina Hahnemann, with special guest Danish ambassador Lars Gert Lose. More info >



Staff Travels & Activities

Lauritzen Gardens



The museum will be setting up abooth at Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens in conjunction with their LEGO sculpture exhibit on May 6 and 7.

Rasmus will attend the Nordic Culinary Conference in Seattle from May 5-7.

Angela will attend the American Alliance of Museums' Annual Conference in St. Louis May 7-9

Rasmus and Tova will be presenting at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies, held this year in Minneapolis May 11-14.

Thank you for your support!



Park on May 5

Visit the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park - there is always something to enjoy!



Currently Exhibiting

THE WHIMSICAL WORLD OF BJØRN WIINBLAD Mid-century art and design by Danish icon Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006) featuring a wide variety of pieces, from textile art to housewares. Through May 30. Purchase the book >

SPORT FOR SPORTS' SAKE: ATHLETES AND ETHNICITY IN DANISH AMERICA Exemplary Danish-American athletes and an exploration of four aspects of sport: fitness, competition, camaraderie, and profession. Through Fall 2017.


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