Friday, July 9, 2010

Follow Friday: Danish Immigrant Museum and International Cultural Center

After having some success in locating my ancestors in the Danish Demographic Database yesterday, I decided to explore a bit more into Danish genealogy resources. I discovered the Danish Immigrant Museum and International Cultural Center in Elk Horn, Iowa. The museum is now definitely on my "to do" list for a day trip to do some research.

The web site explains that the museum was founded in 1983 to preserve the history of Danish immigration to America. The museum houses more than 35,000 artifacts, including many family treasures.

The following is a list of resources available at the museum's Family History and Genealogy Center:

  • The Danish Immigrant Museum Wall of Honor files
  • Danish immigrant biographical files
  • Danish-American obituary collections
  • More than 600 family histories, biographies and memoirs of Danish immigrants
  • Copenhagen Police Emigration index
  • Danish Brotherhood in America lodge records
  • Danish maps, gazetteers and local histories
  • Bien newspaper (1893-present)
  • Scandinaviens Stjeren newspaper (1851-1900)
  • Danish-American organizational newsletters
And much, much more! This museum and family history center looks like a fantastic resource for anyone doing research on their Danish ancestors in America.

Related News: It was recently announced that Dana College in Blair, Nebraska would be closing its doors prior to the 2010-11 academic year. The Danish America Library and Archive has been housed at Dana College. Talks are in progress regarding moving that collection to the Danish Immigrant Museum.

Enjoy a tour of the Danish Immigration Museum and what it has to offer below:

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