Danish Amerian Heritage Society News
Dec 2015 - In Far Distant Northland: We have added our first entry to the Links > Our Articles page, namely an illustrated treatment of the immigrant hymn "In Far Distant Northland" by Kristian Østergaard.
Oct 2015 - New DAHS Officers: In January 2015 Egon Bodtker, President and long-term friend of the DAHS, resigned for health reasons. Subsequently Timothy Jensen, the DAHS Vice-President, assumed the presidency. At the Fall DAHS Board meeting on October 17th, John Mark Nielsen was elected as DAHS President. Tim Jensen returns to the Vice-Presidency, and Sheri Muller assumes John Mark’s old position as Secretary. Joel Mortensen remains as Treasurer.
John Mark Nielsen has been Executive Director of the Museum of Danish America in Blair, Nebraska since 2002. Timothy Jensen is past Chairman of the Board of the Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska. Sheri Muller is Archivist at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jun 2015: DAHS board member Julie K. Allen of the University of Wisconsin is currently in Botswana.
Apr 2015: Daniel Mikel has joined the DAHS board.
Jan 2015: Tim Jensen, former DAHS Vice-President, is now DAHS President, having replaced Egon Bodtker, who resigned for health reasons.
22 Mar 2016 - Danish Heritage Seminar
The Federation of Danish Associations in Canada is sponsoring a Danish Heritage Seminar to be held in Montreal on May 30 - June 4, 2016. Learn more at www.danishclubmontreal.com.
16 Jan 2016 - Museum of Danish America Position Opening: The DAHS regrets the pending retirement of a key Museum of Danish America staff member, Michelle McNabb. Here is the Museum's position announcement for Michelle's replacement:
Due to a planned retirement, the Museum of Danish America is seeking a personable, organized and energetic individual to do genealogy research and manage the genealogy department of a national ethnic institution situated in beautiful rural western Iowa. The Genealogy Center houses a non-circulating reference collection serving both museum staff and programming as well as researchers interested in Danish-American immigration, family history, and genealogy. The collection contains nearly 1000 volumes covering Danish and Danish-American family and local history, immigration history, biography, institutions, churches, and related materials, as well as over 100 Special Collections and a significant number of periodicals and newsletters. Knowledge of Danish or another Scandinavian language is highly desired.
Established in 1983, the Museum of Danish America (formerly known as The Danish Immigrant Museum) is located midway between Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE on 35 acres of recreated prairie in the heart of the largest rural settlement of Danes in the United States. The museum’s mission is to celebrate Danish roots and American dreams and is the only national museum dedicated to collecting and interpreting the Danish-American experience. Guidance is provided by a twenty-five member Board of Directors from across the United States and Denmark. The museum has a collection of over 40,000 artifacts, an active traveling exhibit program, and a membership of over 3,000 from across the United States, Denmark and seven other countries. It has a staff of ten full-time employees, six part-time employees and an active internship program hosting up to four Danish graduate students and an American graduate student annually.
The application deadline for the position is Friday, February 15, 2016 with a starting date on or after July 1, 2016. For more information and a job description for the position, visit www.danishmuseum.org/employment/genealogy-center-manager
Jun 2015: The Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska is planning to purchase the building in downtown Blair that they have rented since soon after the closing of Dana College in 2010.
May 2015: The Danish Sisterhood will hold its 2015 annual meeting at the Inverness Hotel in Englewood, Colorado from Thursday through Saturday, October 15 - 17. The fall 2015 DAHS board meeting will be held in conjunction with the Sisterhood meeting.