The focus will be Ecologies and Ethnicity and culminate with the museum’s annual Sankt Hans Aften festivities. Plan to participate, visiting America’s heartland where so many Danish immigrants between 1870 and 1930 found new lives.
Cobblestone Inn & Suites (ask for Heather to receive conference rate)
7013 N Chestnut Street
I-80, Exit 40
Approximately 25 miles west of the museum, north of I-80 interchange
Rock Island Inn & Suites
1702 SW 7th Street
Approximately 25 miles south of the museum
Blue Grass Inn & Suites
2073 Highway 71
Approximately 16 miles northeast of the museum
Cobblestone Inn & Suites
120 Heritage Drive
Approximately 25 miles north of the museum, off of Highway 141
Therkildsen Center, Harlan, Iowa
Welcome reception, dinner, and keynote presentation by:
Morton Kabell, former Mayor of Copenhagen for Mobility, Climate, and Urban Development
Friday, June 23, 2023
Elk Horn High School, Elk Horn, Iowa
A full day of diverse perspectives on the themes of
Ecologies and Ethnicity
Coffee, kringle, and a boxed lunch will all be provided at the high school.
- Kevin Mason, European-style land use and ecological transformation in western Iowa
- Pete Berthelsen, prairie restoration in Nebraska and the Midwest
- Warren Watson, Elk Horn community history
- Virginia Small, Jens Jensen’s legacy in landscape architecture ·
- Charley Frisk, documentarian exploring the global sharing of seeds with human migration
- Anders Bo Rasmussen, winner of the inaugural DAHS Book Prize
- Staff from Joslyn Castle, a historic house and garden in Omaha, Nebraska
Friday evening, Manning Hausbarn in Manning, Iowa
Enjoy a tour of the 17th-century Hausbarn relocated from the Schleswig-Holstein area of Germany.
When the Hausbarn was originally built, Schleswig and Holstein were duchies ruled by the king of Denmark.
Other historic structures from the area are also preserved at the cultural site.
An Iowa-style summer barbeque meal will be served, along with musical entertainment by Glenn Henricksen
and a chance to sing along with Danish folk school favorites.
Saturday, June 24, 2024
Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa
Jens Jensen of Jensen Ecology (Madison, Wisconsin) will lead a panel discussion about the legacy of Danish immigrant Jens Jensen,
a pioneering landscape architect and early advocate for the conservation of natural spaces.
The Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park will be the site for this conversation.
After lunch on the prairie, choose among a variety of activities at the museum and throughout the local community:
- Bedstemor’s House (historic house built in 1908)
- Elk Horn Lutheran Church cemetery walk with Warren Watson
- “Nature – Culture / Natur-Kultur” exhibit open in the museum galleries
- Danish Windmill (relocated from Norre Snede, Denmark, originally built in 1848)
- The museum’s Genealogy & Education Center on Main Street
- Film screenings
- Little Mermaid Park in Kimballton
- Other options to be announced
Evening 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
After the conference activities are concluded, all attendees are invited to purchase tickets for the
Museum of Danish America’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
After dinner, Sankt Hans Aften (Danish-style Midsummer) activities will be free and open to the public:
- Live music
- Bonfire at sunset
- Smores and snobrod at the Council Ring fire
- Galleries open for viewing
- Kubb, croquet, and lawn games
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