Home is Where the Heart Is” – Part 2

August 9, 2014   In last week’s post I discussed some intriguing information that was discovered about the Thorsen home (still standing!) here in Chicago.  While I was learning more about the home though I also realized so much more about Chicago history, and I just had to share.   Chicago had the fastest population…

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Home is Where the Heart Is – Part 1

August 1, 2014    “Enhver er sin egen lykkes smed.” – Danish proverb Translation: “Everyone has his own fortune.” English equivalent: The world is your oyster.     The city of Chicago has changed drastically over the past 150 years.  When the Thorsen family arrived in Chicago from Copenhagen in 1869 there were less than…

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The Danish Sisterhood of America

July 25, 2014   Four years after Emma Thorsen and her family departed Copenhagen for Chicago – eventually becoming one of the founders of The Danish Home of Chicago in 1891- another young woman living in Orup, Denmark (50 miles SW of Copenhagen) was preparing her family for a similar move, and a comparable influence…

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Summer Pastimes

July 18, 2014   Each time I visit Mormor at The Danish Home of Chicago I am treated to the beauty of the North Side of Chicago.  As I drive through all of the historic neighborhoods to get to Norwood Park, past the old flats, Greystones and bungalows, I am reminded of what a wonderful…

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Sweet, Sweet Musik

July 10, 2014   “Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen   It’s no surprise that music plays an incredibly important role in human culture today, but did you know that music has been in existence for an estimated 50,000 years?!   Spanning every known culture around the globe, the art of music has…

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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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