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Danevang Historical Marker

Description: Photograph of a commemorative historical marker on a dirt plot of land that has been tilled. In the background, there appears to be a church, judging by the spire structure that sits on top of the roof, and the hollow space just beneath it that seems to hold a church bell. This structure is bordered by a small line of bushes. The text of the marker reads: "Danevang ('Danish Meadow') The first successful Danish community in Texas. Established in 1894 on a portion of 25,000 acres secured through option by Danish Folk Society from Texas Land and Cattle Company. Most immigrants came first to the northern United States, where other Danes had settled, and then to Texas, desiring to preserve their national culture, language, and religion. A Lutheran church was erected in 1895. Hardships included disease, insects, poorly drained land, and primitive transportation; but hard work, farming ability, and cooperation brought success. (1970)."
Date: 1970
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

H. J. Berndt Home

Description: Photograph of a two-story wooden structure and accompanying outbuildings in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Helvig Jensen Berndt. The main home has a shingled intersecting gable roof and an overhang supported by four columns. There also appears to be a second overhang in the back patio along with several strewn objects on the grass. Accompanying information states that across a time-span of 30 days, Helvig moved the home two and a half miles into a dug hole by wrapping a rope around a post and dragging the home with the aid of a mule. In the early 1970's, it was torn down and Grandson Elvin Berndt built his own home in 1973 on the original spot.
Date: January 1970
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Kenneth & Anita Christensen Home

Description: Photograph of a single-story brick home belonging to Kenneth and Anita Christensen in Danevang, Texas. Photograph was taken a short distance away, capturing a dirt road that runs in front of the home and a lawn with short grass. There is a large tree near the left corner of the home. The house has a hip roof that projects downwards to the patio, creating a sloping overhang supported by slender columns. On the right wall, there appears to be an entryway. Three windows are also visible on this side of the house, two of which have shutters.
Date: 1970/2011
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Last Danish Ladies Aid Meeting

Description: Photograph of a group of people seated around a room during the last meeting of the Danish Ladies Aid organization. According to accompanying information, they held the meeting at the Danevang Lutheran Church. A list of names is supplied as well, but they have not been applied specifically to any one person. The group largely consists of older men and women. The women are dressed conservatively in dresses and pearls, while the two men present wear pants and long-sleeve collar shirts. Two windows are visible on the left and right walls. The right window is considerably larger than the first. They both have curtains and both have been pulled. Several notations and two stamps have been made on the back of the photograph.
Date: 1970~
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Rhonda Allenson

Description: Photograph of a young woman, identified as Rhonda Allenson Ashcraft, seated outdoors on a wooden bench. There is a tree to the left with large red flowering plants around it. Rhonda wears a striped polo, white shorts, and white sandals. In the background, there is a wire fence that encloses a house with lime green siding. Accompanying information states: "Rhonda Allenson Ashcraft, daughter of Leo and Johanna Allenson, and wife of Bruce Ashcraft is a native of Danevang. She served Danevang Lutheran Church as organist in the early 1970's. Frequently substituting for the regular organist -- Wanda Plentl and Patty Jensen [sic]."
Date: 1970/1975
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

U. S. Post Office at Danevang

Description: Copy negative print of a United States Postal Service branch in Danevang, Texas. Taken from a street running parallel to the store, the photograph captures the front and side view of a single-story structure with light-colored walls and an overhang over the front entrance. An American flag is blowing in the wind in the far right . The back of the building has a steep, inclined roof that is partially hidden from view by the tiered, rectangular wall that towers over the front facade. A white sticker on the front of the photograph notes that the building served other purposes. Under the ownership of M. F. Hansen, it also bought cotton from customers and served as a general store. A hand-written note on the back of the photograph states that it was "torn down in 2009 to relocate across Hwy 71."
Date: 1970~
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society