Danish Immigrant Museum Changes its Name

Word has been received that the Danish Immigrant Museum of Elk Horn Iowa has changed its name to Museum of Danish America.
They have stated that while their name is changing, their mission will still the same. The only national institution of its kind with a professionally-trained curatorial staff, The museum has a 30 year legacy of preserving and sharing Danish and American cultural experiences.

Some of their past exhibits include:

  • Church Basements and Children’s Homes: Danish-American Missions Here and Abroad
  • Across Oceans, Across Time, Across Generations
  • Across Oceans: Our Maritime Collection
  • Americans at Work & at Play – A Study of Danish Influences in Everyday Life
  • Quilting Family History
  • A Celebration of Heritage – Danish Folk Costumes in America
  • Danes on the Northern Plains – Patterns of Settlement in the Dakotas, Montana & Wyoming

Visit them at:

2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531


Visit their Web site to learn more.

Museum of Danish America also has a Genealogy Center Located at:

4210 Main Street
PO Box 249
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531-0249

Genealogical inquiries:
(English) genealogy@danishmuseum.org
(dansk) librarian@danishmuseum.org

Genealogy Center staff and volunteers are happy to assist visitors to the museum with their family history research, but if you wish research assistance they strongly urge you to make an appointment in advance.

Resources at the Genealogy Center include:

  • Museum of Danish America Wall of Honor files
  • Danish immigrant biographical files
  • Danish-American obituary collections
  • Over 800 family histories, biographies and memoirs of Danish immigrants
  • Copenhagen Police Emigration index (1868-1911)
  • Danish Brotherhood in America lodge records (1881-1995) and death index (1916-1995)
  • Danish maps, gazetteers and local histories
  • Bien (newspaper), 1893-present
  • The Danish Pioneer (newspaper), 2000-
  • Scandinaviens Stjerne (newspaper), 1851-1900
  • Many Danish-American organizational newsletters
  • HeritageQuest Online™
  • Ancestry LibraryEdition™
  • Select Iowa Lutheran church records
  • Cemetery transcriptions
  • Indexes to Elk Horn-Kimballton newspapers
  • Microfilmed and print Iowa county histories
  • General genealogical reference materials
  • Handouts for getting started and suggested research resources
  • Internet workstations and wireless access
  • EmibasTM Swedish emigration database

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