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 Collection: Texas Cultures Online
1940 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of a confirmation class standing in a grassy outdoor area close by some trees. Six girls in white dresses stand in the front row while five boys who are mostly only able to seen from the neck up, stand directly behind them. In the background a steeple with a cross on the top is visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223065/
1936 Confirmation
Black and white photo depicting the girls of the confirmation class of 1936 standing on the steps of the [Danevang Lutheran Church]. The girls, who are all wearing white dresses, are arranged in two rows. They are accompanied by a man in a dark suit and tie identified as Pastor A.E. Frost. Behind the group, the church doors and a faint inscription above it as well as two windows are visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223062/
1936 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of a confirmation class standing in front of the [Danevang Lutheran Church]. A mixture of boys and girls dressed in formal attire are arranged on the steps before the church building which has the inscription "ANS GAR KIRKE" written on the arched window above its doors. Two other windows on either side of the doors are visible behind the group. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223061/
1944 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of the 1944 confirmation class standing in front of the [Danevang Lutheran Church], whose doors are open. Six girls in white dresses with flowers pinned to their chests stand in the front row while six boys, also formally dressed, stand in the back. They are accompanied by a man on the right identified as Pastor Vaghn Duus. The photograph has a decorative border above which a handwritten note in Danish was penned. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223067/
1934 Confirmation
A black and white photo of a confirmation class standing on the steps of a church. An elderly couple identified as Pastor N.P. Hald and Mrs. Hald stand in the middle of the youth, who are dressed formally. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223060/
[1946 Confirmation]
Black and white photo of a confirmation class, composed of six boys and one girl, all of whom are formally dressed and have a flower pinned to their chest. They are accompanied by an older man on the left who is identified as Pastor Vaghn Duus. Behind them is a building whose doors are partly visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223068/
1941 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of the confirmation class standing in front of the [Danevang Lutheran Church]. Seven girls and six boys stand arranged in three rows in front of the church building. They are accompanied by an older man, identified as Pastor A.E. Frost on the left. Behind the group, the church doors and two windows are visible. Above the building's doors is the inscription "ANS GAR KIRKE." On the back of the photograph is a note written in Danish. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223064/
1949 Confirmation
Black and white photo of the 1949 confirmation class, composed of four girls and four boys. The girls are each wearing a white dress and the boys are each wearing suits. Each individual has a flower pinned to their chests. They stand in two rows in front of an altar that features a figure of Jesus Christ. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223069/
1940 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of the 1940 confirmation class of the [Danevang Lutheran Church]. Six girls in white dresses stand in the front row while five boys in suits stand directly behind them on the steps of the church building. Two windows are visible behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223066/
1936 Confirmation
Black and white photo of the girls and boys of the 1936 confirmation class standing in front of the [Danevang Lutheran Church]. The girls stand front and center of the boys and Pastor Frost. The church doors and two windows are visible behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223063/
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/
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/
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/
Danevang Baseball Team
A black and white photograph of a baseball team in baseball uniforms, including baseball caps, at the Danevang baseball diamond. Four team members are seated while eight are standing behind them. One man who is not wearing a uniform stands slightly to the right of them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223047/
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/
Girls Volleyball and Boys Basketball Teams
Black and white photograph of a co-ed group of athletes in uniform posed in the Danevang school yard. According to accompanying information, the boys make up a basketball team and the girls constitute a volleyball team. The boys' basketball team is standing in the back row and the girls' volleyball team is seated in the front row with the exception of one girl standing, who is not wearing a uniform. The boys' uniform is a tank top and shorts. The girls' uniform is a shirt and shorts. One male team member is holding a basketball while one female team member is holding a volleyball. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223048/
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/
Danevang Baseball Team 1950
Black and white photograph taken at the Danevang baseball diamond of a baseball team in uniforms. The team is accompanied by their managers, Fred "Densky" Hansen and J.O. Olson. One team member is laying down in front of the rest of the team members, who are either seated in the second row or standing in the back row. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223049/
Pitcher and Catcher
Copy negative of two baseball players identified as Gerhart Harton (the catcher) and Carl Jenson (the pitcher) in Danevang, Texas. They are standing side-by-side out-of-doors, wearing baseball uniforms including baseball hats and gloves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223046/
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/
Danevang School 7th & 8th Grade
Copy negative of the Danevang School 7th and 8th grade class and their teacher posing for a picture in front of their school building. A series of bushes can be seen behind them. The back row, from left to right, has been identified as Donald Lykke, Gilbert Nelsen, Gunnar Thyssen, Norma Andersen, Miss Mary Bell (their teacher), and Louise Hansen. The bottom row, from left to right, has been identified as Holger Thyssen, Kenneth Strarup, Donald Nielsen, Elaine Hansen, Elenora Hansen, and Dagmar Thyssen. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223365/
Danevang Church
Copy negative of the remains of the Danevang Lutheran Church after a 1945 hurricane destroyed it. Several parts of the roof structure can be seen wedged between different construction materials from the walls and interior architecture. On the left part of the image, however, the front entrance appears to have remained untouched. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223362/
Danevang Church
Copy negative of the remains of the Danevang Lutheran Church after a 1945 hurricane destroyed it. Nothing is left standing. Amidst short grasses, parts of the roof structure can be seen lopsided and wedged between different construction materials. A woman in a light-colored dress stands center left with her back to the camera on top of an incline. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223361/
Mrs. Niels Hansen
Black and white photograph of a woman wearing a black, long-sleeved dress with white trim, standing outside of a white wooden-sided building. She is posed near a tall, slim bush that is to her left. Her shadow is partially visible on the smaller bush behind her. The nearly full shadow of an unidentified individual is also visible to her left. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223367/
Red & White Grocery Store
Copy negative of the Red & White Grocery store in Danevang, Texas. It is a large two-story structure with gable roofs and a tiered wall on the front facade that bears the name of the store as well as a much larger line of text that reads, "Farmers Co-operative Society, Inc." It would seem that the building served dual purposes. A group of men can be seen loitering near the front entrance, and a few others near a car on the left. The roof on a single-story structure in the rightmost part of the image appears to have fallen down. According to accompanying information, there was a hurricane in 1945, which may explain the general disarray of the scene. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223360/
Niels Hansen
Black and white photograph of a man identified as Niels M. Hansen standing on a lawn outside of an unidentified building. Niels is slightly turned to the right, away from the camera. He is wearing a dark suit and is holding a hat down by his side. The shadow of his legs is cast on the grass to his left. There are three windows on the building directly behind him. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223368/
Danevang School 5th & 6th Grade
Copy negative of the Danevang School 5th and 6th grade class posing with their teacher for a picture in front of the school building. Glass double-doors can be seen behind them. The top row, from left to right, consists of Victoria (last name not provided), Kenneth Strarup, Holger Thyssen, Floyd Wind, Ray Allenson, Gilbert Nelsen, Donald Lykke, and Louise Hansen. From left to right, the bottom row consists of Donald Nielsen, Estelle Lauritsen, Dagmar Thyssen, Elenora Hansen, Jorgen Gann, Elaine Hansen, Rita Foltyn, and Mrs. Richardson, their teacher. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223364/
[Portrait of a Young Girl, Ruby Beth Allenson]
Black and white photograph of a young girl seated on a chair that is situated on the lawn outside of a building whose wood siding is partially visible. Directly behind the girl is a large, leafy bush. The girl is identified as Ruby Beth Allenson. She is wearing a light-colored dress with a white bib collar; she is also wearing a bow on top of her hair. Her feet are clad in socks and shiny black shoes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223369/
[Man Plowing Sod with Team of Oxen]
35mm negative of a man plowing sod with a team of oxen. He wears a hat and overalls and holds both ends of the plow. The oxen harnessed to the plow are facing the right. Accompanying information states they are west of Danevang. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223366/
Croquet at O. J. Hansen Home
Copy negative of a group of people playing croquet at O. J. Hansen's home in Danevang, Texas. The house has two visible gable roofs and five double-hung windows. There are four women on the rightmost part of the image but they do not appear to be playing. The man in the center bending down with a croquet mallet has been identified as Andrew E. Berndt. There is a second individual with a croquet mallet on the rightmost part of the image, but has mostly been cropped out of the image. The cast shadow of a seventh person can be seen in the foreground, who presumably took the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223363/
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/
Marius & Gertrude Hansen
Photograph of a man and woman dressed formally in front of a blank, dark-colored backdrop. The man, identified as Marius Hansen, wears a suit jacket with a flower pinned to his lapel over a shirt and bow tie. The woman to the right of him has been identified as Gertrude Hansen, his wife. She is wearing a bridal gown, pearl necklace, and a veil attached to the back of her hair by two rows of laurel wreath headbands. A large bouquet of flowers is in front of them in the foreground. This is presumably their wedding portrait. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223222/
Harold & Ella Olsen Hansen
Photograph of a young man and woman standing in front of a landscape backdrop. The man, identified as Harold Hansen, wears a three-piece suit over a rounded-collar, button-up shirt and tie. The woman, identified as Ella Olsen Hansen, married to Harold Hansen, wears a long light-colored dress. It is ornately covered in floral embellishments and a large lace trim at the neckline. They stand on a low pile patterned carpet. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223221/
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/
Hans Nickolas Hansen
Bust portrait postcard of a man identified as Hans Nickolas (Nicole) Hansen. He is in front of a light-colored backdrop wearing a bow tie and suit jacket over a light-colored shirt. Because of a probable mistake in the way the postcard was developed, there is a large black mass that covers the bottom part of the image. On the back, the postcard has been addressed to "Mrs. Gertrude Hansen" at "D & R, El Campo, Texas 77437 63-4330 C." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223220/
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/
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/
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/
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/
Ella Hansen
Bust portrait photograph of a young woman, identified as Ella Hansen, in front of a blank, dark-colored backdrop. Her head is bent slightly upwards to the right. Side lighting is coming from the left. She wears a pearl necklace and a button-up, lace top. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223223/
[Danish Culture Newspaper Article]
Newspaper article titled "Danish culture cherished" discussing the grand opening of the new Danish Cultural Center in in 2001 in Danevang, Texas, known as "The Danish Capitol of Texas." The names of the people in the middle and bottom photographs are listed. The article appeared in the El Campo Leader in June 6, 2001. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223865/
Farming Photo with C. M. Nissen on Far Right
Photograph of a group of men standing outdoors on a large mechanical plow. Two of the men are on top of it, near the driver's seat. Another two are on the ground near the largest wheel. The one on the far right has been identified as C. M. Nissen. A fifth man is supporting himself with a lever towards the left, and a child farther left is sitting down barefoot on a wheel that has been turned to its side. The photograph has been placed on a dark mat with an embossed linear border that frames the photograph. On the back, there is hand-written text. It reads: "H. J. Berndt Danevang, Texas. Please return to A. E. Berndt. C. M. Nissen on far right married to Katherine Lauritsen. CIRCA 1908." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223862/
Danevang People Hauling Cotton Seed to El Campo
Photograph of a group of men on top of a mule-drawn, wooden wagon. Accompanying information indicates they are from Danevang, Texas, and are hauling cotton to El Campo, Texas, also in Wharton County. Second from right is P. J. Agerskov Petersen. Second from left is Marius Christensen, followed by Jens Berndt. The wagon and mules belong to Chris Petersen, who may or may not be in the picture. Behind them, there is a train with the Southern Pacific logo and insignia on various parts of its metal frame. Near the back wheel of the wagon is a tightly-packed sack; presumably, one of the cotton bales. A second mule-drawn wagon can be seen behind them on the far right. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223861/
Homer Duggins Smith, Jr., United States Army Retired
Copy print of a photograph of Major General Homer Duggins Smith, Jr. who was a Vietnam veteran and retired from the United States Army. Smith lived from February 16, 1922 through March 6, 2011. According to accompanying information, he was the first President of the Danish Heritage Preservation Society. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223867/
[Jens H. Berndt Farmstead]
Photograph of Jens H. Berndt and his farmstead half a mile west of Danevang, Texas, which was later sold to P. C. Petersen in 1921. This information is also written on the back of the item in black ink. Presumably, Jens is the man in the foreground on the small plow that is being pushed by two horses. Behind him on the left, there is a barn with a tall gable roof and a windmill. The main home is on the far right. It is a two-story house with intersecting gable roofs and several double-hung windows, as well as two roof overhangs covering small patios. The photograph has been placed on a stiff mat which is chipping on the sides. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223860/
[Funeral Program for Homer D. Smith, March 2011]
Funeral program for Major General Homer D. Smith, retired from the United States Army. The funeral was held at Dodd Field Chapel at Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas, and it was officiated by Reverend David W. Schulte. The date of the service is not included. Includes biographical information for the deceased and the lyrics to the hymn "How Great Thou Art" printed on a separate sheet. Smith is a veteran of both World War II and the Vietnam War, and he lived from February 16, 1922 to March 6, 2011. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223868/
Arvid Bloom & Thora Nielsen
Studio photograph of a husband and wife couple posing for picture in their wedding garb. The woman, seated on the right, has been identified as Thora Nielsen. She wears a light-colored (presumably white) dress with stockings, single-strap shoes, and a veil that reaches down to her ankles. Additionally, she also wears pearls and holds a bouquet of flowers near her lap. Her husband, identified as Arvid Bloom, is standing to the right of her. He is wearing a two-piece tuxedo suit with a light-colored shirt and matching bow tie. His hair is combed backwards revealing a receding hairline. The photograph has been placed inside the small triangular inserts of a stiff mat board. On the bottom, a white line of text reads, "Lauritz - Los Angeles"; presumably, the name of the photography studio where the picture was taken. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223864/
[Photograph of Case Tractor]
Photograph of an early tractor model. Text on its front indicates it is a "Case" tractor. It is parked outside amongst short grasses. A few trees are seen far away in the distance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223869/
Simon Anderson Thyssen Portrait
Portrait of Simon Anderson Thyssen. He is wearing a dark suit and tie and has a beard. The photograph is on a mat, and there are water stains on the back. According to accompanying information, Thyssen remained in Denmark. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223866/
Isaacson Gin Company
Photograph of the Isaacson Gin Company, a cotton gin in El Campo, Texas, taken from a high angle and from a distance, capturing the entire structure and the surrounding homes that surround it. Several horse-drawn wagons are moving in a procession in an arc formation from the south-facing wall of the gin to the north-facing one. Groups of men can be seen directing them. Others are seen on the ground and on platforms near the cotton bales. The gin itself is a large two-story structure with gable roofs and a large pole extending from the direction of the smaller roofs. All the buildings in the background within the vicinity of the gin seem to be homes. They are built along the street that runs parallel to the gin's east-facing wall. The photograph has been pasted on a stiff mat with a decorative linear embossing that runs the perimeter of the image. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223863/
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