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  Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society
 Decade: 1990-1999
 Collection: Texas Cultures Online
[1991 Confirmation Class Singing a Hymn at Danevang Lutheran Church]
Color photograph of the 1991 Confirmation class lined up in front of a seated audience. The members of the class are holding up hymn books and singing. Their pastor, Fred Toerne, is standing to the right, wearing a green religious stole. The confirmation class is made up of five girls and four boys, all of whom are young. A stained glass pointed arch window is visible behind the group. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223374/
1994 Community Celebration
Copy negative of a community celebration of the dedication of a Texas Historical Marker at the Danevang Lutheran Cemetery, located in Wharton County. In the image, Walter Bram is sitting in a wheelchair, and his daughter, Peggy, is standing directly behind him. There are four American flags staked into the ground, and there are many people standing in the shade, behind the family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222715/
1998 Confirmation
Color photograph of four male individuals standing on turf-lined concrete steps in front of the [Danevang Lutheran Church]. A lamp is fixed above the church doors, which are directly behind the group. Of the four, there are three boys who are each wearing a button-up shirt, a tie, and khakis. All three boys have their hands in their pockets. The fourth individual, identified as Pastor Laird Engle, stands to the right of the boys in a white religious robe and a violet stole that is embellished with crosses. A handwritten label has been attached to the top of the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223087/
Carl Larsen in Front of Pioneer House
Photograph of an older man, identified as Carl Larsen standing outdoors in front of a two-story house. He wears a white shirt tucked into gray pants. The house behind him has two doorways, a roof covered by tar paper, and siding that looks aged and weathered. The man stands next to a sign with red lettering. It states, "Future home of Danevang Heritage Society Museum." An address appears to be listed in the bottom, but it is too small and the photograph too out-of-focus to be read with certainty. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223045/
Danevang Farmers Coop
Photograph of the Danevang Farmer's Co-operative building and corresponding structures taken from afar on a paved road. The company takes up a large expanse of territory. Its main structures appear to be concentrated in the middle, where complicated farming buildings and equipment lie, but seems to extend farther into the right where a single-story structure can be seen. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223228/
[Danish Cultural Center Postcard]
Postcard of several lines of text and printed images regarding the Danish Cultural Center. At the top left, there is a line drawing of the "Pioneer House," which, according to the caption beneath it, was "one of the pre-1900 houses, restored and furnished to reflect the early lifestyle of the Danevang pioneers." The small image shows a a two-story house with a smaller, single-story structure in the background and two flag poles in the foreground bearing the American and Danish flags. The drawing opposite on the top right corner is of a long structure with a mansard roof, which, according to its caption, is the museum. It is "reminiscent of an old Danish barn, it houses artifacts of the early days of the immigrants plus displays of farming, community life and Danish culture." In the very center, there is an outlined image of the state of Texas, with a tiered, bold line of text in red that reads, "Danish Culture Center." On the back of the postcard, there is further information about the Center. It reads: "Located approximately 12 miles south of El Campo on Hwy. 71 South and CR 426. The Cultural Center was established in 1992 and opened in 2001 to preserve, protect, and promote Danish Heritage artifacts and cultures." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223851/
Elvin & Suzan Berndt Home
Photograph of a single-story brick home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Elvin and Suzan Berndt. Accompanying information, however, states home originally belonged to H. J. Berndt between 1896 and 1970. Photograph was taken a short distance away from a lawn that has been cut short. Small red flowers and bushes line the edge of the house and a small patio that has been bordered off by a green picket fence. Four double-hung windows are visible, as are shutters painted the same green color of the fence. Dark-colored shingles cover what appears to be an intersecting gable roof. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth224008/
Groundbreaking and Pioneer house and Hansen Shed
Photograph of a groundbreaking in Danevang, Texas; the future site of a museum. There is a sing on the ground that identifies it as such, which reads, "museum site". The dirt ground in the foreground is surrounded by a well-maintained grassy area, where two buildings have been built in the background already. The one on the left is a two-story structure with intersecting gable roofs, a patio overhang, and white siding. To the right, there is a single-story structure built out of the same construction materials as the adjacent building. A typed note on the back of the photograph reads, "The pioneer has house has been in place with the shed which is Now the lawnmower shed [sic]." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223225/
Hansen Shed
Photograph of a single-story home taken a short distance away from the front door. The house has horizontal, white siding and dark shingles covering a gable roof. A wooden set of steps and railing leads to a single gray door on the right wall. There are no visible windows. In the distance, an empty plot of land and some trees can be seen. Accompanying information states this is the Hansen Shed, perhaps referring to the owner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223041/
Al Jensen -- Museum Construction
Photograph of an older man sitting in a red chair inside a construction project. The man, identified as Al Jensen, is seated facing the right side looking up. He wears a plaid shirt, denim jeans, and black rubber boots. Accompanying information states the location under construction is the future site of the Danish Heritage Preservation Society (see Note field). Behind the wooden posts serving as the building's framework are two buildings and a couple of parked cars. The two structures in the back both have white siding and gable roofs, as well as front porch patios with overhangs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223230/
Leaving Pioneer House
Photograph of a group of people standing outdoors near what appears to be a single-story structure. Two older men are walking towards a white car on the left, while others are heading towards a black truck closest to the house. Though mostly cropped out of the picture on the right side, the house is in different stages of repair. The roof and the walls have been covered with different construction underlayments, but the patio's entire wood framework can still be seen. In the distance, a few trees and telephone poles are visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223040/
Letter Declaring Danevang to be the Danish Capital of the State of Texas
Correspondence sent to Mrs. Elsie Christiansen from D. R. "Tom" Uher, a member of the House of Representatives in the state of Texas. The document gives Mrs. Christiansen notice that House Concurrent Resolution 21 passed by both houses of the state congress, which made Danevang the Danish capital of Texas. Accompanying information indicates that Homer Smith worked with Mr. Uher on the process. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223833/
[Man and Two Older Women at Table]
Photograph of an older man and woman standing opposite each other across a long table. The woman, identified as Helena Berndt Lauritsen, stands on the left side, looking at the camera with a surprised expression. She appears to be holding small American flag stickers. The man, identified as Oscar V. (Mickey) Christensen, stands on the other side looking down at the table while scratching his head with his right hand. He also wears glasses. A second woman is next to him in the background, but she has not been identified. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223215/
Museum Groundbreaking
Photograph of a group of people standing outdoors around a small model structure of what will become the future home of Danevang Heritage Society Museum, according to the sign that flanks their right side. The model has a red roof and bears the Danish flag on its right side wall. The people are in the midst of conversation. Others are engaging with the model. Although names have been provided, the only match has been provided for Elaine Wind, who holds the blueprints in the front row. There is a building in the background with white siding and a shingled inclined roof. A telephone pole can be seen beyond that. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223227/
Museum Groundbreaking
Photograph of an empty dirt lot in Danevang, Texas. There is a small sign in the foreground of the image which reads, "museum site". A grassy plot of land borders the dirt site and beyond that, a few trees and a structure can be seen. A typed piece of paper on the back of the photograph reads, "Well this is how it all begin Sand all leveled out with this sign [sic]." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223224/
Museum Groundbreaking
Photograph of a group of people standing in a row around a small model structure in Danevang, Texas. The model has a red roof and bears the Danish flag on the side wall. A sign to the right of the group of people reads, "future home of Danevang Heritage Society Museum" followed by an address for inquiries. A building in the rightmost part of the image has been mostly cropped out, but some of its architectural details can be seen, like its white siding and shingled inclined roof. Although names have been provided, they have not been matched to the individuals pictured, with the exception of Elaine Wind, who holds a folded blueprint in the front row. This is further clarified by the typed note on the back of the photograph which reads, "Well these great people stand around this great model with blueprints in hand of Elaine Wind The model of this great building is what we have here today what a great investment we have Put back into the community ----Although we run off of donations we have some great people Who help keep us afloat by the grace of God [sic]." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223226/
Pastor J. O. Jovang
Photograph of a man, identified as Pastor Joe O. Jovang, sitting down on a small red ottoman in front of a brick chimney. A brown couch is next to him on the right. A throw, a pillow, and what appears to be a board game have been set on top of the couch. The pastor wears plaid pants, glasses, white shirt, and a tie. A small printed note on the sheet of paper where the photograph was glued to indicates that the the pastor was inside a cabin at Moril Lake. On the back of the sheet of paper, there is some biographical information about the Pastor. It lists his address in Minnesota and the dates he served as interim pastor at a church in Danevang, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223818/
Patty at Piano in Church
Photograph of a woman, identified as Patty Jensen, seated on a wooden bench in front of an organ inside Danevang Lutheran Church. She wears glasses, a white pearl necklace, and a white dress. Several bell-shaped plants have been set on top of the organ. To the right, there are various religious implements: a white basin, a wooden podium, and candlestick on top of a table. Accompanying information states: "Patty played the piano and organ for Danevang Lutheran Church from 1967 thru 2010." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223518/
[Picture Search]
Color photograph of a man, Laurence Jensen, standing at a table with a videotape recorder, also known as a camcorder, and a tripod; he is holding a corded object that is connected to the recorder in his right hand. At the table, a man and a woman, identified as O.W. Schaer and Ann Schaer, are seated. On the table before them are a few photograph-related objects: a framed picture, a frame holder, and a few paper goods. A poster is visible on the wall behind them, as well as a door and a window. On the back of the photograph is the handwritten note: "Camera - Laurence Jensen, 3-18-98, Picture Search." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223408/
Pioneer House
Photograph of a man and a woman standing outside next to a house. The woman, identified as Elsie Christensen, looks to her left while resting her right arm inside a window ledge. She wears a blue print top and a dark, pleated skirt. To her right, the man, identified as Pastor Fred Toerne, stands on the grass smiling at the camera. Accompanying information states they are at Pioneer House before repairs were made. The house appears to be a two-story structure. Door and window holes have been made, but no permanent structures have been installed. A small scaffold is in the background, a short distance away from Pastor Toerne. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223042/
Pioneer House
Photograph of a group of older men and women standing outdoors in front of a two-story house. Although names have been provided by accompanying information, they have not been matched properly to the people in the picture. They stand in front of a small scaffold that touches the edge of a sloping roof that covers the patio. The overhang created by the roof is supported by two wooden columns. Construction underlayment covers the part of the house that is closest to them. The rest of the house, on the other hand, appears to be much older; the siding, for instance, looks aged and weathered. Tar paper covers intersecting gable roofs on all sides. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223044/
Pioneer House
Photograph of a group of older men and women standing outside of a two-story house. Although names have been provided through accompanying information, they have not been matched properly to the photograph. They stand in a line in front of a patio and a small scaffold. The patio is covered by a sloping roof surface supported by slender wooden columns. The left part of the house appears to be older than the right, judging by the aged look of the siding that covers that part of the house. The right side, on the other hand, looks to be an add-on to the house. Much of its walls have been covered by construction underlayment. The roofs, additionally, have been covered in tar paper. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223043/
Pioneer House
Photograph of the Danevange Lutheran Church taken from a car window. The structure is behind a paved road in the middle of a few sparse trees. It has a single gable roof and windows on both the first and second floors. There is a red sign on the corner of the street which seems to read,"Danevang Lutheran Church." An American and Danish flag can be seen off to the right hanging high on two separate poles. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223229/
Senate Resolution - Declaring Danevang to be the Danish Capital of the State of Texas
Senate resolution declaring Danevang to be the Danish capital of the state of Texas. The document lists some information about Danevang's heritage and some of the community's feats, and resolves that the resolution pass the 71st state legislature. It is signed by the president of the Senate, W. P. Hobby, as well as other members of the senate. A gold seal sticker has been placed on the bottom left corner, and the document itself stapled into the fold of a second sheet of paper. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223834/
[Three Kranse-Kage Cakes]
Photograph of three Kransekage tiered cakes on top of a table covered by a white lace cloth with floral motifs. Two equal-sized cakes flank a much larger cake. They have all been drizzled with white frosting; topped with Danish, Texan, and American flags; and decorated with curled red and white ribbon that cascade downwards. The middle cake has also been pinned with an index card-sized piece of paper that reads "100". In the background, a series of photographs can be seen hanging on a grid-like white wall. Hand-written text on the back of the photograph cannot be read with certainty, but it seems to state, "Danevang Centennial 1894-1994. Danish Wreath Cake. We closed the weekend by sharing the cakes outside with a 'Farewell Blessing'". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222884/
[Two Men in front of Velkommen Sign]
Photograph of two men on the front steps of a building with sign that reads, "Velkommen". The man on the left wears a powder blue blazer, striped tie and light blue shirt, and black pants. He holds a folder on his left hand. The man on the right wears a three-piece suit over a light blue shirt and striped tie. They stand on a green carpet that covers the front steps leading to a set of double doors behind them. They seem to be in the process of speaking, as two women in the foreground are facing away from the camera and looking at them. Above them to the left, there are two flags hanging from the top trim of a window; one of them is decidedly an American flag. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223214/
[Two Women At the Unveiling a Historic Marker in the Danevang Cemetery]
Black and white copy print of two elderly women standing next to a large tombstone in the Danevang Cemetery before the unveiling of a historical marker. Their names are Elsie Christensen and Helena Lauritsen. The woman standing to the left of the tombstone is pointing to the covered historical marker in the background. The other woman stands behind the tombstone, out of view except for her shoulders and up; her head is turned away from the camera and toward the historical marker. Their shadows are cast on the well-manicured grass. The historical marker is erected right off of a paved pathway and beside a flagpole. There are few trees in the distance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223469/
[Unveiling of Sign]
Photograph of two young men in the process of unveiling a sign. They stand in front of what appears to be a two-story structure with white siding and inclined roofs. The sign has been covered with a green fabric and taped at the sides, which the man on the right is taking off. Next to each of them, there are two navy flags. They both wear dark suits. Accompanying information states they are Carl and Brian Jensen, but the names have not been matched. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223212/
[Unveiling of Sign]
Photograph of two young men unveiling a sign in front of what appears to be a two-story structure with white siding and sloping roofs. The two men have been identified as Brian and Carl Jensen, but the names have not been matched to either individual. Two navy flags are on either side of them. The sign is painted white. In Old English type, it reads "Danevang". Below this, an American and Texas flag flank the silhouette of the Texas state, which has been filled with the Danish flag. Below these motifs, there is a second line of text that reads, "Danish Capital of Texas." In the background, a second structure can be seen of the same construction materials as the first. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223213/