4th of July/ Rebild Celebration

July 3, 2014   Tomorrow America will celebrate the 238th anniversary of her independence from Great Britain and the historical writing of the Declaration of Independence.  Although this magnificent fete may be a bit overshadowed by the boom of fireworks and the many festivals, barbeques, parades and gatherings that will be taking place, there is no…

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Summerfest Recap & Garden Dedication

Last Sunday The Danish Home held their 110th annual Danish Summer Festival and Fundraiser, and it was yet another fun-filled day on the grounds in Norwood Park!  Hundreds of people attended to hear the Bjornson Male Chorus sing, eat Smørrebrød (Danish open faced sandwiches), and test their luck at the raffles and special drawings.  There…

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Summer Festivals

Everyone at The Danish Home is gearing up for the annual Summer Festival this Sunday!   Each year this event seems to get bigger and bigger (last year over 400 people attended!) and it’s understandable why: great food and entertainment, a children’s area with fun activities and unlimited games, a raffle with a $1,500 1st…

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Father’s Day in the USA

June 11, 2014   As evident from the findings in The Hope chest, Mrs. Emma Thorsen (née Bloch) adored her father tremendously.  She often paid homage to him in her journal entries and in the letters they sent back and forth from her home in Chicago and his in Copenhagen. She thanked him abundantly for…

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Grundlovsdag & Fars Dag

June 5th, 2014 “Grundlovsdag” – Danish Constitution Day Today is a very special day in the eyes of Danes as it marks the 165th anniversary of the first Danish constitution, which was signed by King Frederik VII in 1849 and made Denmark a constitutional monarchy.   Rewritten a total of four more times, on 1866, 1915, 1920…

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Hearts Abloom

May 23, 2014   There’s no denying the beauty that spring brings, and people from Chicago to Copenhagen are reveling in this splendor after the unseasonably long, cold winter.     Springtime in Denmark is quite similar to that of the upper mid-west, with mild temperatures averaging in the high 60s to low-to-mid 70s.  Since Copenhagen…

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Scandinavian Celebration

May 16, 2014     This weekend some of the residents at The Danish Home of Chicago will be traveling to neighboring Park Ridge to participate in the 17th of May Parade, or  Norwegian Constitution Day Parade.  Known as Syttende Mai (May 17) and Nasjonaldagen (The National Day) in Norway, it commemorates the anniversary of when Norway’s constitution…

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“Mors Dag” (Mother’s Day)

May 8, 2014   Last Saturday The Danish Home held a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch for their residents.  Families were invited to come and spend a beautiful day with their loved ones, and depending on her preference (and allergies) each woman received a lovely flower of her choice.  They so enjoyed this thoughtful gesture by…

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A Visit to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

May 1, 2014   This week marks an amazing event in Chicago history, and if it weren’t for finding this hope chest I would’ve never learned of this first-hand account from someone who actually attended!  Inside a very old journal kept in the chest I found an entry that Mary herself wrote about her incredible…

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