The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 72
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to lead the young people to an appreciation of the work of the
In close cooperation with all the social activities of the settle-
ment worked the ladies aid society (Kvindeforeningen), organized
along lines similar to those of the American ladies' aid.
The Danevang people were not less ardent in establishing and
maintaining a public school for their children than in providing
instruction for them in the mother tongue. The first public school
was taught in the assembly hall. Later three schoolhouses were
built in the settlement and when the children grew to manhood
and womanhood several of them became teachers in these schools.
In spite of mental alertness and public spirit the Danevang
people have not had any strong cravings for office holding and
politics, because American politics to the average Danish American
seems too frequently a compromise with principles. In this he
may be wrong. But as social science becomes a purer science the
social capacities of Danish Americans in this respect bid fair to
assert themselves also in Danevang.
The settlement celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of its
existence in 1919 by a jubilee (Jubilaeum). In true Grundtvigian
fashion it was celebrated with many picnic dinners, speeches, and
spirited community singing. Several songs in Danish were writ-
ten for the occasion, two by the local poet, Mr. P. J. Agerskov-
Already in 1895 a post office named Danevang was established
in the settlement; and the postmaster, Mr. H. P. Hermansen, also
took care of a local station of the United States Weather Bureau.
Danevang constitutes a separate voting precinct and road district.
For a long time the farmers have maintained a mutual fire in-
surance association. Their success in cotton farming has not
turned aside their interest in other lines of agriculture and new
crops and methods have been tried from time to time. Progress
(Fremskridt) indeed has always been a dominant note in Dane-
vang activities. May it continue!
[This paper has been based mainly on material drawn from the
Begtrup, Holger, Min Rejse i Amerika (Gyldendalske Boghan-
del, Denmark, 1924).
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