A color photograph taken in 1980 of a group dressed in religious robes standing indoors and between two wooden banisters. The group is comprised of two girls and two boys, whose robes are red, and an older man, identified as Pastor Donald Kenning, who stands behind them dressed in white. In the background a bouquet of flowers sits on the left and a chair sits against a wall on the right.
Color photograph of a confirmation class standing outside of the [Danevang Lutheran Church] dressed in white religious robes with red flowers pinned to their chests. One man in front wears a red stole and a necklace with a cross pendant. The rest of the group is comprised of four girls and one boy. They each have a red flower pinned to their robe. The building's doors and exterior facade as well as a handrail are visible behind them.
Color photograph of a confirmation class dressed in white standing in front of the [Danevang Lutheran Church] whose door is open. Two girls are wearing white dresses and four boys are wearing white robes. An older man identified as Pastor Dan Lauderdale stands to the right of them and is wearing a red stole and a white robe embellished with red crosses. Each member of the class except for Pastor Lauderdale has a red flower pinned to their chest.
Color photograph of an all-female confirmation class standing indoors posed against a wall in the [Danevang Lutheran Church]. Each girl is wearing a white dress. The individual in the center of the group, identified as Pastor Deana Voges, wears a stole and a necklace with a cross pendant and is supporting herself with crutches. In the foreground a book with red page edges is sitting open on a platform. Behind the girls is a table with a bowl and some candles on it; to the right of the girls is a wooden chair.
Color portrait of Donald Oldag visible from the chest up, posed against a blue background. He has braces and wears a pastel-colored shirt. Donald Oldag was part of the 1987 confirmation class at [Danevang Lutheran Church]
Color photograph of a pair of youth standing indoors in front of an altar. The two individuals are posed on a red-carpeted floor; the girl wears a blue shirt, a denim skirt and white shoes while the boy wears a white t-shirt, black pants, sneakers, and sunglasses. The altar behind the pair features a cross at its center; a candlestick directly below the cross is visible between the individuals' heads. Two wooden banisters, a microphone, and two furled flags are also in the background.
Color photograph of the chapel inside of the Danevang Lutheran Church. A woman stands at the front of the chapel near the altar. At the center of the altar is a table on top of which are two lit candlesticks and a candelabra. Above the table hangs a cross. A few rows of pews are visible in the foreground.
Color photograph of a group of people gathered together for a meal in the mess hall at an unidentified location. Several adults are seated at long banquet tables covered in gingham-patterned table covers; many of them have platefuls of food in front of them. Some concession style windows where food is being served are visible to the left; a few people are lined up to be served. Above the windows is a banner that reads, "Vars' Co!" as well as a few Danish flag decals.
Black and white photograph of an aerial view of the Danevang Lutheran Church and the surrounding land, which includes a cemetery. A group of people are gathered outside of the front of the church. A system of dirt roads is visible going around the perimeter of the land. The plot of land just adjacent to the church's land is the cemetery; it has numerous tombstones planted on its surface.
Photograph of a single-story brick home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Alfred and Joyce Wind. The house has an intersecting gable roof with dark-colored shingles. The pediments created by the roofs have been covered with wooden siding; the rest of the walls are covered in alternating dark brick. Two small trees are on the front lawn, and a third much larger tree can be seen behind the house.
Black and white photograph of the altar in the Danevang Lutheran Church. The alter contains a pair of brass candle holders and a candelabrum on the mantel. On either side of the altar table are two smaller tables with shallow metal dishes on them. A figurine in the shape of a lamb sits at the base of the altar.
Photograph of a single-story residence in Danevang, Texas, built by Arnold Juhl but later owned by Manuel Barosh. There is a wire fence in the foreground. The house has intersecting gable roofs with gray shingles, white horizontal siding, several double-hung windows, and a front patio with a small overhang. There are various toys in the front lawn near the brick steps of the front entrance. Among them, there appears to be a wagon and a bicycle for a small child.
Photograph of a two-story home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to the Berndt family. Accompanying information states it was first owned by Hans Berndt, and later, by Christian Berndt, his son. The house has intersecting gable roofs and several double-hung windows on both floors. The front patio overhang is created by a roof projection that slopes downwards and is supported on the front by four slender columns. There are three visible trees in the foreground and a gas tank off to the right.
Photograph of a man, identified as Chris Brodsgaard, raising an American flag at Danevang Lutheran Church cemetary. Three tombstones can be seen in the rightmost part of the photograph, as well as a few others beyond the paved sidewalk where Chris stands. The flag is at full-mast and blowing in the wind. Trees and a electrical poles are visible in the distance. A stamp on the back of the photograph indicates, "Danish Heritage Society P. O. BOX 386 Danevang, TX 77432".
Photograph of a man, identified as Chris Brodsgaard, raising an American flag at a cemetery belonging to the Danevang Lutheran Church. He stands somewhat in the middle ground of the photograph. The flag is about three quarters of the whole way there. On the right of the photograph, three tombstones can be seen. A paved walkway bisects the scene. A few other tombstones can be observed after the walkway, as well as a few trees and a series of electrical poles that extend into the far distance. Hand-written text in black ink on the back of the photograph cannot be read with certainty, but it states that this is the location of a particular church. A diagonal text that succeeds it reads, "archives".
Photograph of the S. C. Swendsen homestead property in Danevang, Texas. The photograph was taken far away, capturing the main two-story residence in the center surrounded by a field of crops. There also a few trees on its outer perimeter. The house has intersecting gable roofs and white siding. There is an overhang over the front entrance supported by four slender columns. Double-hung windows can be seen on the first and second floors.
Photograph of a two-story house in Danevang, Texas, belonging to S. C. Swendsen. The house has intersecting gable roofs with gray shingles, horizontal white siding, and two overhangs on the first floor covered with the same gray shingles. They are each supported by slender columns. The photograph was taken a short distance away, capturing the front lawn and an outside garage that is to the right of the house. Additionally, there is a medium-sized tree on the front lawn.
Photograph of a two-story, red brick home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Carl and Gertrude Hansen. The photograph was taken from the street, capturing the front lawn and a fairly large palm tree on the right side of the image. The house has a gable roof. There are two double hung-windows side by side in the front pediment. The front door is visible just underneath it. A series of bushes line the edge of the house on the left side. On the back of the photograph, three stamps have been made of the same leaping fox logo and the accompanying text that reads, "Fox Photo. This paper manufactured by Kodak Jul 85 - HOU".
Photograph of a two-story home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Mrs. Chris Larsen. The photograph was taken behind a parked car; the hood and antennae of the car are visible in the foreground. The house has white siding, double-hung windows, a shingled gabled roof, and an overhang supported by two slender columns. Next to the set of steps leading to the front porch is a rosebush. To the right and left of the house, as well as behind it, there are several tall, leafless trees. There are three pink stamps on the back of the photograph of a leaping fox with the accompanying text: "Fox Photo. This paper manufactured by Kodak Feb 83 - HOU".
Photograph of a small, single-story house belonging to Mrs. Chris Larsen. Photograph was taken a short distance away, capturing the surrounding lawn, which has been cut short. Four double-hung windows in quick succession are on the left side of the house, followed by a door, and one more double-hung window on the right side, which is partially covered by a tree. There is a sticker that has been placed on the front bottom left corner of the photograph. It is covering what appears to be a fallen tree or the limbs of one. Red and yellow flowers line the outside perimeter of the house. There is hand-written text in blue ink on the back of the photograph, as well as two pink stamps of a leaping fox with accompanying text that reads, "Fox Photo. This paper manufactured by Kodak. Jul 85 - HOU".
Photograph of a single-story building identified as a church parsonage. Taken a few yards from the entrance, the foreground shows well-trimmed short grasses and a few trees bordering the perimeter of the structure. Window and doors have been finished with a green trim. The garage door on the right side has been painted green as well. Underneath a shaded area in the rightmost side of the picture is a parked automobile.
Color photograph of a woman and a man, Mary Jane Wood and Eddie Wood, standing in the parking lot of Danevang Lutheran Church at its 90th anniversary celebration. They are both visible from the waist up. Eddie has in his hands a book of some sort and a cigarette between two fingers. Several cars are parked in a lot behind them.
Photograph of a single-story brick home belonging to Curtis and Patty Jensen in Danevang, Texas. Photograph was taken some distance away, capturing some wild plants in the foreground next to a yellow wheel and a deep basin. A few feet away, there is a gravel walkway that runs parallel to the house. Past this walkway, the house is surrounded by a few trees in the front lawn. The home has intersecting gable roofs, one of which projects outwards to the front entrance creating an overhang supported by four brick columns. Different species of bushes and shrubs are along the edge of the home bordered by what appears to a line of bricks.
Photograph of Dane's Country Store in Danevang, Texas. The store has a main door, two windows (one of which has a air conditioning system), and an old-western style sign on the second story which bears the store's name. The roof is supported by a wooden column. A red gas pump on the leftmost side of the picture has been partially cropped out. On the right, there is a parked car facing a single-story structure. A sticker placed on the front of the photograph states that the store was operated by Rick and Malynda Schulze, beginning in 1984.
Photograph of a group of older men and women singing inside St. Phillips Hall in El Campo, Texas. The front row is composed of women in traditional Danish costumes: crochet-trim aprons tied at the waist over black dresses, black bonnets tied around the neck, and long-sleeved white shirts. They are singing from sheets of music that they hold near their chests. They have been identified, from left to right, as Marie Bram, Ingeborgh Berndt Atchetee, Helena Berndt Lauritsen, Gudrun Jensen, and Lillian Roberts. There are four men in the back. They too hold red pieces of paper. They have been identified, from left to right, as Fred Swendsen, Andrew Enemark Berndt, Pastor Eric Moller, and Otto Harton. The top of a Christmas tree is behind them, as well as a drop-down projection screen, a green wreath, and a clock off to the left.
Photograph of the Danevang Lutheran Church and Community Hall. There is a cemetery in the foreground. It appears as if there's been a recent burial in the leftmost side of the picture, judging by the mound of dirt behind one of the tombstones. The church has been built on a central axis with light-colored siding and a gray roof. A large bell tower rises over the entrance, tapering into a point at the top. The silhouette of the bell is seen just underneath the shingled roof of the steeple. A paved walkway leads to the community hall on the rightmost side of the picture. The community center has been built with similar exterior building materials as the church.
A color photograph of a white building with a steeple, identified as [Danevang Lutheran Church] according to accompanying information and related photographs. There are two main sections of the church, one of which is partly covered by trees surrounding the building. Power lines that are situated in front of the church run from the left to the right of the picture plane. The fore ground and middle ground are dominated by what appears to be a cornfield.
Photograph of a United States Post Office building in Danevang, Texas. It is located in front of a paved street. The overhang on the front entrance bears the text "United States Post Office Danevang TX 77432". The structure has a hip roof and a second overhang on the left side wall covering a side door. A utility pole is on the right. Accompanying information states that the building was torn down in 2010.
Composite photograph of Danna Insurance Agency (two photographs have been taped together in the back). There is a parked car in front of a single-story structure on the right side of the image. The front door of the structure bears a sign that reads "OPEN", and is flanked by double-hung windows with shutters on each side. A few feet away to the right, a trailer park bears a "Danna Ins. Agency" sign, as well as a second sign with smaller text which cannot be read with certainty. Both structures have been painted in a beige color. Telephone poles and their wires can be seen in the background, as well as a few trees and tall grasses. The years 1978 and 1985 have both been provided as founding dates for the agency.
Studio portrait photograph of Dixie and Duane Kennedy in front of a gray backdrop. Dixie wears a floral print blouse and large glasses. Duane, to the right of her, wears a light-colored suit jacket and a dark tie. Accompanying information states: "Dixie Kennedy, wife of Duane Kennedy, lives in El Campo and in Nov. 1986 commenced serving Danevang Lutheran Church as organist."
Photograph of Donald and Mary Jean Nielsen's home in Danevang, Texas. There are a number of trees, bushes, and plants surrounding the house, which is made of brick. A small dirt walkway runs across in front of the house. The top of a palm tree is hanging over the roof.
Color photograph of a few elderly women who are all apart of the Jensen family, one of whom is their matriarch. They are escorting each other with arms linked outside of Danevang Lutheran Church. Metal handrails surround the group on either side. The presence of parked cars in the background suggest that they are in the parking lot. A tent is set up in the background to the right.
Photograph of a single-story brick home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Emil and Myrtle Lauritsen. The house has green shingles and intersecting hip roofs, one of which projects outwards creating an overhang over the front entrance supported by two slender columns on each corner. There are different species of flowers and plants along the edge of the house. Photograph was taken a short distance away, capturing a well-kept front lawn with short grass. In the background, large trees are visible behind the house.
Color photograph of an elderly woman identified as Emilie Andersen Nelsen, standing indoors at Danevang Lutheran Church. She is wearing a blue ringer t-shirt that says "GRANNY" on the front and has her hair braided on the crown of her head. She is surrounded by three other individuals, two of whom are elderly men wearing hats and glasses. The other individual is a tall curly-haired elderly woman who is also wearing glasses and is gesturing at Emilie. Behind her are poster boards displays that have vintage photos attached to them.
Studio portrait photograph of an older woman identified as Evelyn Hansen Holland. She is in front of a gray backdrop looking directly at the camera. Her hands are resting on a table in front of her. She wears a white jacket with a brooch pinned near the neck, a brown geometric print blouse, gold necklace, and multiple rings. Accompanying information states: "Evelyn Hansen Holland daughter of Harold and Ella Hansen and wife of Robert Holland, was born and raised in Danevang. She served as organist, sometimes alternating with mrs Carmichael and Patty Jensen [sic]."
Four different photographs of Pastor Fred Toerne in various settings. They have been taped on the four corners of a white piece of paper. The top left photograph is of the Pastor and his family. From left to right, they have been identified as Kevin Toerne, Karen Toerne, Pastor Toerne, and Bina Toerne. They appear to be located inside a church setting. The Pastor wears a white robe that has been belted at the waist by a rope. The top right photograph shows Pastor Toerne at a wooden pulpit. He smiles openly at the camera and seems to be wearing the same attire from the previous attire. The bottom left photograph is a close-up of Pastor Toerne. Striped yellow and white wallpaper covers the walls behind him. He wears a pair of black frame glasses, gray suit jacket, and a light blue shirt with a clerical collar. The bottom right photograph shows Pastor Toerne standing inside a double-door entryway. He leans against the wall and wears a whimsical hat with hanging medallion-like trimming. The back of the photograph lists biographical information about the Pastor, including the years served as pastor at the Danevang Lutheran Church.
Photograph of a single-story house in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Fredrick and Zella Hansen. The house has intersecting gable roofs with gray shingles and white siding. There are several double-hung windows and an overhang covering the front entrance supported by a metal column. There is a tree to the right and left of the house, as well as behind it. A wire antenna can be seen on the hip of the roof.
Color photograph of four girls from the 1987 confirmation class at [Danevang Lutheran Church]. The girls are wearing white and are posed behind a table with their hands on a knife, about to cut a white sheet cake. In the foreground there are plates and additional cakes on the table as well as a monk figurine; in the background, there are people seated around a table. Handwritten text on the back says, "1987, Terry Strarup, Kim Strarup, Hallie Barosh, Devonna [Oldag].
Photograph of a single-story home belonging to Grace Andersen. Photograph was taken a few feet away from the front of the house, capturing a direct frontal view of a door and double-hung windows on either side. Both door and windows have been finished with a blue trim that also continues along the edge of the roof. A white picket fence is seen off to the right behind the house. In the front lawn, a few trees have been planted. Outdoor decor objects including pink flamingos, a stone fountain, and wind chimes are visible as well.
Photograph of a single-story brick home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Gunnar Thyssen. Thickly gathered pines obscure the left side of the photograph. A slender tree is to the right, which towers over the house. A chimney, some air vents, and a thin wire antenna are seen on the roof of the house.
Photograph of a single-story red brick home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to H. D. and Nina Madsen. There are large trees towering around the house, with one central tree in the front lawn. The house has a wide sloping overhang supported by several slender columns, double-hung windows, and a front and screen door. The grass has been cut short and a few bushes lie on the outskirts of the home.
Photograph of a two-story structure in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Hans Hansen and Walter Bram. The photograph was taken a long distance away, from a street inside a car, and the top part of a driver's side mirror can be seen in the foreground. A white sticker on the front of the photograph has typed text which reads, "Home built by Uncle Pete Rasmussen when he was ginner; later owned by Hans F. Hansen; then Walter Bram who had a repair garage and shop next door [sic]." The shop the text speaks of is presumably the metal structure on the far left, with rusted roofs and a large bush in front of it. To the right of this structure is the main house. It has dark shingles, intersecting gable roofs, and light-colored walls. On the back of the photograph, there is a repeating line of identical pink stamps of a leaping fox and the accompanying text, "This paper manufactured by Kodak Jul 85 Hou."
Photograph of Harold and Ella Hansen's family home in Danevang, Texas. The house appears to be a single-story structure with horizontal white siding, a front entrance overhang with two supporting metal columns, and a shingled gable roof with three windowed projections. There are two large bushes on each side of the entrance. To the right of the image, there is a parked car underneath a garage structure.
Photograph of a single-story home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Enor (Billy) Hermansen, previously owned by A. Heard. The house has a white exterior and intersecting dark-colored shingled gable roofs. A tall wire antenna is seen on the front lawn as well as several species of small bushes and plants. Across a walkway in front of the home, there is a parked trailer that blocks what appears to be a second structure on the rightmost side of the image. Two stamps have been placed on the back of the photograph of the same leaping fox logo and the accompanying text that reads, "Fox Photo This paper manufactured by Kodak. Jul 85 - HOU."
Photograph of a single-story, brick home belonging to David Hutchinson. Built by Henry Knudsen, accompanying information states Knudsen was also the original owner. A design has been made on the front facade of the house by gaps left in the brick layout, creating a series of four rows of small rectangles. To the right, the front door is visible underneath an overhang, as well as three windows and a potted plant set atop a white railing. Two large trees on the right and left side tower over the house. Photograph was taken from a distance, capturing the front lawn.
Brief nine-page typed account of the history of Danish settlers in Texas written by Andrew Enermark Berndt over a period, it would seem, of several years. He begins by explaining the lineage of his parents, Laura and Helvig Berndt, and progresses to his family's immigration from Denmark to the United States sometime between the 1840's and the beginning of World War I. A short anecdote is given about his father's butchering of a wild hog. His father, Helvig, bought 3,000 acres of land that now makes up modern day Danevang from a land survey company. Danevang, roughly translated, means Danish Meadows. The last few pages are sprinkled with stories of hardship for these pioneers and the successful establishment of a fire and storm insurance agency, as well as a telephone company that served to modernize their small community.
Photograph of a single-story home in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Ingvard Andersen. Photograph was taken a short distance away from the front entrance, capturing a disheveled lawn with tall trees surrounding the perimeter of the home. There is a parked car facing a fence underneath an overhang that projects from the house. A pitched roof covers the front entrance and two double-hung windows can be seen on either side. Two stamps have been placed on the back of the photograph of the same leaping fox logo and the accompanying text that reads, "Fox Photo This Paper Manufactured by Kodak Jul 85 - HOU".
Photograph of a single-story brick house in Danevang, Texas, belonging to J. Bruce and Myrna Hansen. The residence has a single hip roof with dark shingles, shutter windows, and boxwood shrubs along its walls. There are large bushes on either side. The front lawn has been cut short.
Photograph of a two-story home in Danevang, Texas, originally belonging to J. S. Jensen. Ownership later transferred to Allen Zieschang. The photograph was taken from the street, capturing some gravel, the shoulder, and front lawn leading up to the house. The house has a gambrel roof, with one window lying directly in the center on the top floor. The projection of the roof creates a small overhang over the front entrance and is supported on the rightmost corner by one rectangular column. A dirt roadway to the right of the house leads to a second structure, most likely an outdoor garage.
Photograph of a single-story, brick house belonging to Jack and Agnes Hansen. Photograph was taken from a distance, capturing a slender dirt road and a front lawn on which several large trees have been planted. The house has a white door and a series of double-hung windows on either side of the door. To the left, in the distance, there appears to be a small outbuilding.
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