Annual Tivoli Fest
Tivoli Fest is a Danish-American celebration held every year on Memorial Day weekend in the Danish Village of Elk Horn, Iowa.
Brown Bag Lunch "A Life on the Edge: The Colorful and Dramatic Life of Chris Madsen"
Frans Ørsted Andersen is an associate professor at Aarhus University and recently published a biography of Danish immigrant, con man, and U.S. marshal Chris Madsen.
Brown Bag Lunch "Weeding, Washing, Milking, and Plowing: Growing Up on a Midwestern Farm, 1870-1920"
Jacob Riis documented the lives of urban poor children – but what about kids in the country? Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, professor at Iowa State, will share the similarities and differences.
Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
The Museum of Danish America will be open reduced hours on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, May 28.
Annual Midsummer Celebration
Before Christianity came to Denmark, Scandinavian peoples celebrated the longest day as a supernatural struggle between light and dark, heat and cold. Since the feast day of Saint John the Baptist occurred on June 23rd, near the date of the annual summer solstice, the Christian Church emphasized this celebration in Scandinavia. “Hans” is the diminutive of “Johannes” or “John”. Today it’s a very good excuse to stay up late, have fun, and light bonfires.
Brown Bag Lunch "Prairie Photography"
Randy Leete lives next door to the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park and will share his tips on capturing the beauty of the prairie in photos.
Julefest is an annual celebration held in the Danish Villages of Elk Horn-Kimballton on the Friday and Saturday immediately following Thanksgiving. At the museum we invite you to enjoy home-baked cookies, gløgg, and coffee in the museum's “hyggelig julestue" on Friday and Saturday.