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[Portrait of Marie Olson in Nursing Uniform]

Description: Photograph of a young woman, identified as Marie Olson, in front of a studio backdrop in a well-lit space. She wears small oval glasses and a nursing uniform with a contrasting ribbon pinned to her chest. The photograph was printed with an oval cut-out framing Marie. It has been placed in a folder that folds from the left and right sides. Accompanying information states Marie was Olaf Olson's sister.
Date: 1900/OPEN
Creator: Drow studio
Item Type: Photograph

[Pressing Hay in Pierce, Texas]

Description: Black and white photograph of a typical agricultural scene wherein a few farmers are pressing hay with the help of some unidentified farm equipment and horse-drawn vehicles. There are about 13 individuals pictured. A growing pile of hay is stacked in the center of the background where the harvesters are standing and sitting.
Date: 1900
Creator: Lund, F. P.
Item Type: Photograph

[Road Grading in Front of the Berndt Farm]

Description: Black and white photograph of a few individuals accompanied by a team of mules that are attached to wooden vehicles; they are working in front of H. J. Berndt's farm. Their task is to grade the road, or to smooth and level it. A two-story house and a barn are partially visible behind the workers and beyond a line of trees.
Date: 1902
Creator: Lund, Frans T.
Item Type: Photograph

[Jensen Children]

Description: Copy negative of a black and white photograph professionally taken in 1906 of Hans Peter Jensen's five children. They are posed in front of a textured background and on top of a rug that looks like it is made of animal fur. The three older children stand behind the two youngest children, who are seated and dressed in a similar fashion. The sole girl wears a white dress, stockings, and shoes and is placing her hand on the chair upon which her younger sibling sits. The eldest boy stands in the center in a suit and tie. His younger brother stands to the right of him, also in a suit, and places his hand on the chair of the sibling seated in front of him.
Date: 1906
Creator: Melcher Studio
Item Type: Photograph

[Marie Olson Portrait]

Description: Photograph of a young woman, identified as Marie Olson, in a photography studio with side-lighting hitting her face prominently on the left side. Her body is turned slightly to the left, but she faces the camera directly. She wears glasses, a necklace, and a sailor-collar top with a light-colored ribbon trim. A stiff paper frame with an oval cut-out covers the photograph. Together, they have been placed inside a folder with an ornate pattern embossing on the front cover.
Date: 1900/OPEN
Creator: Smith Studio
Item Type: Photograph

[1903 Danevang School Students]

Description: Photograph of students and their teacher posing for a group picture at their school, Danevang School, in Danevang, Texas. They have been arranged into three rows, with the front row seated on a bench. Three long double-hung windows can be seen behind them. They have been identified, from left to right: Top row: Viggo Andersen, Arthur Andersen, Eddie Nielsen, Elmer Andersen, Edward Nielsen, Paul Madsen, Harry Andersen, Thorvald Lykke, Eric Petersen, Uffe Nygaard, Martin Christiansen, Harold Hansen, and Jim Jensen. Middle row: Frank Jensen, Hans Treumer, Viggo Juhl, Dagmar Evers, Anna Nygaard, Ellen Longwood, Hazel Johnson, Margretha Nygaard, Karen Berndt, Mable Johnson, Katy Rasmussen, Nona Johnson, Sophie Madsen, Mary Treumer, Signe Lykke, Laura Petersen, and Professor Vitrup. Front row: Hans Nygaard, Holger Lauritsen, Ebbe Wind, Abelone Wind, Mabel Andersen, Elizabeth Jensen, Marentze Nielsen, Marie Nielsen, Thora Nielsen, Esther Longwood, Cora Johnson, Anna Jensen, Anna Lykke, Pauline Madsen, and Agnes Nielsen. A newspaper article included with the photograph also states that "only ten of these live in Danevang now. Many of them have passed away. Others have moved. Names are written as they were then. Photograph is furnished by Mrs. Laruits Harton.[sic]"
Date: 1903
Item Type: Photograph

[1908 School Picture of Faculty & Students]

Description: Photograph of a large group of children and the faculty of Danevang School in Danevang, Texas. They have been arranged into five rows. Behind them, the school building can be seen, along with three windows, two of which have shutters. The photograph, which is torn on its right bottom and top corners, has been pasted on a gray stiff paper. On the back of it, there is hand-written text that reads, "School picture Danevang."
Date: 1908
Item Type: Photograph

[Alter and Baptismal Font of Ansgar Church of Danevang]

Description: Photograph of an alter and baptismal font inside the Ansgar Church of Danevang, Texas. The shaft of the baptismal front has been ornamented with rounded bands and supports a rounded basin. Behind it, a wooden step leads up to an alter flanked by wooden furniture. The alter is composed of a wooden table covered by a tablecloth with an ornamented design trim. Two floral arrangements and two candle-holders are on each side of the tabletoo. A seven-branched candelabrum has been placed directly on the center of the table, which stands before a large framed painting of religious icons engaging with a leaning figure. The painting's frame is topped by a cross. Hand-written text in pencil on the back of the photograph cannot be read with certainty. A black stamp indicates, "Danish Heritage Society P. O. Box 386 Danevang, TX 77432".
Date: 1908/1945
Item Type: Photograph

[Antomine Andersen Christensen and Spinning Wheel]

Description: Copy print of an older woman, identified as Antomine Andersen Christensen, seated in a chair behind a spinning wheel. She wears a long-sleeve dress and glasses. She is outdoors, and in the distance, several trees can be seen. Accompanying information indicates that she was 90 years old at the time the picture was taken. Her daughter, Marie Christensen, married Chris Christensen and moved to Danevang, Texas.
Date: 1900/1950
Item Type: Photograph

[Articles of Incorporation of the Danish Mutual Insurance Company]

Description: Legal document inaugurating the Danish Mutual Insurance Company's corporate membership, filed through the Secretary of State's office in Austin, Texas, and signed under a notary. The document specifies a twenty year lifetime minimum and the seven men of the first board of directors who will be in charge of insuring both Wharton and Matagorda counties. They are as follows : Neils Christian Jensen, Marcus Nielsen, Helvig Jensen Berndt, H. P. Hermansen, Jasper J. Juhl, Marcus Christensen, and Niels M. Hansen.
Date: 1901-05/1901-06
Item Type: Legal Document

[Baptismal Certificate]

Description: Certificate from Sigrid Larsen Wind's baptism at Danevang Church written in Danish. There is an illustration at the top of the document of a female angel holding a basin. She is inside a circular motif with a line of bold text going around the top. Additionally, two paper scrolls unroll from leafy branches that decorate the top third of the document. In these scrolls, there are biblical passages from the gospels of John and Mark. Translated from Danish, the passages from John and Mark read: "Unless one is born of water and spirit, he can not be received into God's kingdom" - John 3. 5. "Whosoever believes and is baptized shall be saved, but whoever does not believe shall be damned" - Mark 16. 16. Two more detailed illustrations flank the right and left hand-written parts of the document. The one on the left is of a tall tree in the middle of a deserted, sloping terrain. The image opposite it is of a sailing ship bearing the Danish flag in a large body of water. Four more paragraphs of text are on the bottom flanking an embossed seal.
Date: 1903
Item Type: Text

[Berndt Family Farm Property]

Description: Black and white photograph of the Berndt family farm property, comprised of a white two-story house, two barns in back, and a windmill. A crop field of an unidentified variety is visible in the foreground. A few members of the Berndt family are standing in various areas of the yard.
Date: 1900
Item Type: Photograph

[Berndt Family Siblings - Andreas, Marie, and Ingeborg]

Description: Color copy photograph of a black and white portrait of three children from the Berndt family. They are posed with a textured background behind them, an elegant rug beneath their feet, and a chair in the center of them. There is one boy and two girls, one of whom is an infant. The boy is Andreas Berndt, aged 7 years; he stands to the right of the chair and has one of his hands on the back. He is wearing a white shirt, a bow tie, dark shorts, and stockings. Marie, who was 3 years old at the time, stands on the other side of the chair from her brother. She is wearing a white dress, stockings, and two bows in her hair. Ingeborg, the youngest sibling, is seated in the ornate chair in a white baby's gown. She was 3 months old at the time. A note on the back of the photograph says that these are H.J. Berndt's children.
Date: 1909
Item Type: Photograph

Bram Family Portrait

Description: Copy negative of a framed portrait of the Bram family of Wharton County. Marius Bram and Jakobina Bram are sitting down in the portrait. Their children, from left to right, are Carl, Walter and Johanna (infant).
Date: 1909~
Item Type: Photograph

C. J. Christensen Wedding

Description: Copy print of a newlywed couple posing for the camera inside an empty room. The man, identified as Christian Jepsen Christensen, is seated in an elaborately designed wicker chair and wearing a suit and bow tie. The woman, identified as Marie Magdalene Jensen, is standing next to him on the right with her right hand resting on the chair's back. She is wearing a long-sleeved wedding dress and veil that has been adorned at the top with small flowers.
Date: 1908
Item Type: Photograph

[Certificate of Naturalization]

Description: Certificate of naturalization given to Helvig Jensen Berndt by the United States Department of Commerce and Labor. A black and white illustration of an eagle emblem is at the very top, flanked by the title of the document. The text on the page gives the names of Helvig's children and wife as well as a short physical description of Helvig. There is hand-written text on the back of the document which reads, "H. J. Berndt is U. S. Citizen since May 4, 1908."
Date: May 4, 1908
Item Type: Legal Document

Child in Baby Carriage

Description: Copy print of a baby, identified as Ester Knudsen Hutson, in a baby carriage. She is wearing a long, light-colored gown with a decorative crochet trim running across the bottom of the garment. She is also wearing a large bonnet tied around her neck. The carriage seems to have been placed on a wooden patio, perhaps the front porch of a home.
Date: 1908
Item Type: Photograph

[Chris Madsen Home]

Description: Photograph of the Madsen family at their property in Danevang, Texas. The man on the right, identified as Chris Madsen, appears to be seated on a plow, which is being pulled by three horses. There are two children on the right, and an adult woman next to them, presumably their mother and wife of Chris Madsen. Behind them, there is a hammock hung on two trees, and beyond that, a two-story home. It has light-colored siding, intersecting gable roofs, several windows, and one bay window on the right part of the house.
Date: 1904
Item Type: Photograph

[Confirmation Class of 1908, Danevang Lutheran Church]

Description: Black and white photograph of the Danevang Lutheran Church's Confirmation class of 1908, posed for a group picture outside of an unidentified building. Five young women are seated on a wooden bench in front of a row of eight young men who are accompanied by their Pastor, Soren Hamburg Madsen. Each individual is wearing a hat. Most of the girls' hats have floral embellishments on them. Everyone is dressed formally. The young women are wearing white, high-neck dresses that reach to the floor; their hands are clad in gloves. The young men are wearing suits and ties and simple, brimmed hats. Pastor Madsen is the only individual that is not completely facing the camera; he is turned 3/4 of the way.
Date: 1908
Item Type: Photograph

[Danevang Citizens at the Danevang Community Hall]

Description: Black and white photograph of a large group of Danevang citizens gathered in front of the Danevang Community Hall, a white wooden building with a single door in front. A pair of Danish flags are hanging on the building on either side of the open door. Numerous citizens are sitting and standing in and around the bleachers.
Date: 1906
Item Type: Photograph

Danevang People at Meeting House

Description: Copy negative of community members gathered together outside of the Danevang Community Hall in Danevang, Texas, which is located in Wharton County. The community hall is a large, one-story wooden building with two flags hanging on the front of the building.
Date: 1906
Item Type: Photograph